July is here and that means that the Pleasanton Young Farmers’ Cowboy of the Year and Open Rodeo Festival will be here soon.
That also means that the search is on for the 2016 Cowboy of the Year. This title is given to a genuine, hard-working individual that not only knows all things cowboy, but is also respected by his peers.
Since 1966, cowboys have been honored with this recognition as well as being named to the South Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame.
Nominations are needed and will be accepted for the Cowboy of the Year as well as for inductees into the South Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame.
The winners will be announced at the Friday night rodeo, August 19.
Cowboy of the Year nominations must be working cowmen and reside in Atascosa County.
South Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame nominees must have worked in Atascosa County, but no longer have to be active or living in the county.
Those submitting nominations should include the following information:
• Years of experience as a cowboy;
• Overall knowledge and ability with a horse;
• Ability in working with the trailing cattle herds of various sizes in the brush country;
• Knowledge of cattle habits and ailments;
• Character and dependability; and
• Why the person making the nomination believes his/her candidate is worthy of the Cowboy of the Year title.
A committee of former Cowboys of the Year will judge the entries.
The Pleasanton Express will act as roundup headquarters for entries, which should be sent to: Atascosa Cowboy of the Year, P.O. Drawer 880, Pleasanton, Texas 78064.
The nominations may also be emailed to sbrown@pleasantonexpress. com or brought to the Pleasanton Express office at 114 East Goodwin before the 5 o’clock sharp, July 29 deadline.
Colby Mangum was named the 2015 Cowboy of the Year at last year’s event and two gentlemen – Edward F. Korus and Bryan Campbell were honored posthumously by being inducted into the South Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame.
The Pleasanton Express, as usual, is ready to host the Cowboy of the Year selection as part of the Young Farmer’s event.