Last week at the GVATA Conference, Mr. Doc Stovall form the Booth Western
Museum talked to us about Cowboy Poetry. In the next few weeks you will be
receiving additional information on this opportunity for your students.

Below is an announcement that Doc has been selected for National
Recognition. If you read the article below you will see that Doc is a well
respected professional. I know that he is willing to work with you and your


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*PRESS RELEASE - 2010 Cowboy Keeper Awards *

For Immediate Release July 20, 2010

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*National Day of the Cowboy *

*2010 Cowboy Keeper Awards** announced *

Recipients of the 2010 *Cowboy* *Keeper
*™ *have* *been selected by the National Day of the Cowboy nonprofit
organization and its Board of Directors. Each year the award is bestowed
upon individuals and organizations that make a substantial contribution to
the preservation of pioneer heritage and cowboy culture. The award was
conceived to help raise awareness for the National Day of the Cowboy and
increase participation in its celebration.

Those whose efforts will be honored in 2010 are *Don & Sharon* *Endsley* -
Producers of the *Great American* *Wild West Show*, the *Desert Cowboys* who
protected freedom in the Middle-East, acclaimed singer and poet *Doc Stovall
*, *Western Jubilee Recording* *Company* – the hallmark of excellence in
western music, and the *Grant Harris* *Family* - Producers of Pilestown New
Jersey’s Cowtown Rodeo, started by the Harris family back in 1929.

The Endsley’s *Great American Wild West Show*
an entertaining, fast paced extravaganza in the tradition of Bill Cody’s
Wild West productions and features some of the best western performers in
the country. It’s action packed, complete with trick ropers, trick riders,
chuck wagon races, stagecoach robberies, longhorns, Native American dances
by the Begay Family, and historic characters like sharp shooter, Annie
Oakley, and Buffalo Bill himself. The Endsley’s mission is to keep the
American West alive and produce a caliber of show Buffalo Bill himself would
produce in the 21st century.

Western Jubilee Recording
located in Colorado Springs, Colorado, sets the bar for recording excellence
in the world of western music and cowboy poetry. Scott O’Malley and Kathleen
Collins are the dedicated ramrods for WJRC and Scott O’Malley & Associates.
Not only do they produce premier cowboy and western artists like Michael
Martin Murphey, Don Edwards, Waddie Mitchell, Wylie & the Wild West, and
Sons of the San Joaquin, they offer intimate concerts in their classic
“Warehouse Theater,” provide artist representation and booking, attend many
western events, and helped start the Ride for the Brand Ranch Rodeo. They
are a dynamic and highly respected duo, working tirelessly to “offer the
finest in American music traditions since 1982.”

The Desert Cowboys
a unique group of brave men and women who served in the deserts of the
Middle East, leaving homesteads, ranches, and farms to protect our freedom
and promote freedom in foreign lands. In the superior execution of their
duties, SFC Russell Anderson and his *Desert Cowboys* demonstrated that
Cowboys are as adaptable and resourceful as ever and that the Cowboy Code is
as relevant today as it was in the Old West in one's quest for a life lived
with total integrity. While deployed overseas, the Desert Cowboys proudly
flew their National Day of the Cowboy flag over their barracks and took time
out to share their barrel-roping skills with the locals.

Doc Stovall
a native Virginian who’s been associated with music most of his life. His
earliest influences include traditional music from the Appalachian and Blue
Ridge Mountain areas of the South, handed down through generations from
Ireland, England, Scotland, and Wales. He’s well loved as a Western singer
and cowboy poet, and was honored in 2002 as Georgia’s Official Cowboy
Balladeer by the Georgia State Legislature. In 2004, Stovall was inducted
into the Atlanta Country Music Hall of Fame, the first cowboy singer so
honored. In addition, he leads discussions on the origins of traditional
cowboy music and presents programs and seminars on the writing and
recitation of cowboy poetry, tracing the genre to its beginnings at the back
of the chuck wagon on cattle drives. Doc is a co-founder of the Cowboy
Performing Arts Society and he is the Entertainment and Sponsorship Manager
for the Booth Western Art Museum in Georgia, where he assists with the
educational outreach program.

In 1929, the Howard Harris family started the Cowtown Rodeo in rural Salem
County, New Jersey. It was suspended during World War II but resumed
operations in 1955. Today the Harris family
presents rodeo action every Saturday night, May through September, as the
longest running regular Saturday night rodeo in the U.S. It’s a stop on the
professional circuit and draws competitors from across the country. It is
one of only two ongoing weekly sanctioned rodeos in America. Grant and Betsy
Harris live on the "home ranch" and are carrying on the tradition of Cowtown
Rodeo. Grant runs the daily operations while Betsy secretaries the rodeos.
She is President of the First Frontier Rodeo Circuit and oversees the entire
rodeo circuit in the northeast. Grant and Betsy have two daughters, Courtney
and Katy. Courtney married Jake Morehead of the Three Hills Rodeo Company in
Bernard, Iowa, where they continue the family’s rodeo tradition in the
Midwest. Katy lives on the "home ranch" following in the footsteps of the
generations before her keeping the traditions of Cowtown Rodeo alive.

The National Day of the Cowboy organization is privileged to recognize the
dedication and commitment of these five recipients of its 2010 *Cowboy
Keeper Award. *Don and Sharon Endsley, Doc Stovall, Western Jubilee
Recording Company, the Desert Cowboys, and the Grant Harris family are
representative of our finest, most valiant guardians of pioneer heritage and
the cowboy culture.

 “Simple Things," the quietly inspiring artwork chosen as the image for
the 2010 *Cowboy Keeper Award, *is the creation of Kansas artist,
Jim Clements<>.
Jim expressed a desire to “honor the spirit of the west in all of his
paintings.” This beautiful oil on canvas depicts a peaceful chuck wagon
scene that says without words, "Cowboy life is good," and deftly* *captures on
canvas that ethereal quality of the West Jim Clements envisions.

Past recipients of the *Cowboy Keeper Award* include Wyoming U.S. Senator
Craig Thomas, Cheyenne Frontier Days Executive Committee, the Golden Boot
Organization, Arizona U.S. Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, Producer Julie
Ream, the Reel Cowboys, singer/songwriter Michael Martin Murphey, Publisher
Dakota Livesay, poet wrangler Margo Metegrano, and Fort Worth's Texas Trail
of Fame.




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