This Thursday, August 1 former Cowboys of the Year will gather at the Pleasanton Express at 6 p.m. to select the 2019 Working Cowboy of the Year and inductees into the South Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame. This year’s recipients will be honored on Friday, August 16 right before the Pleasanton Young Farmers Cowboy of the Year Open Rodeo at 7:30 p.m. Last year, 17 former Cowboys of the Year gathered at the Pleasanton Express to select the 2018 Working Cowboy of the Year. Front row, from left, are Nixon Dillard (1995), Gene Hirsch (2010), Robert Bryan (1984), Jack Rutherford (1980), Steve Richter (1985), Leroy Krueger (2000), David Kaiser (2009), Gene Chapa (2016) and Charles Maddox (1987). Back row are Roy Hindes, III (2004), Darryl Ashley (1994), Gilbert Gonzales (1992), Mickie Clark (2003), Randy Mangum (2014),Billy Wayne Kaiser (2007), Roy Alonzo (2013) and Rocky Roberts (2008). Please see Noel Wilkerson Holmes’ column Page 4A for more information about the meeting.