Get ready for Cowboy of the Year Rodeo and Festival

Induction ceremonies Friday, Aug. 17 at 7:30 p.m. Jon Wolfe headlines on Sat. John Christopher Way on Fri.


Seventeen former Cowboys of the Year gathered at the Pleasanton Express earlier this month to select this year’s working Cowboy of the Year and inductees into the South Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame. This year’s recipients will be honored before the Friday, August 17 Pleasanton Young Farmers Cowboy of the Year Open Rodeo at 7:30 p.m. Front row, left to right 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), Roy Alonzo (2013) and Rocky Roberts (2008) SUE BROWN | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

Seventeen former Cowboys of the Year gathered at the Pleasanton Express earlier this month to select this year’s working Cowboy of the Year and inductees into the South Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame. This year’s recipients will be honored before the Friday, August 17 Pleasanton Young Farmers Cowboy of the Year Open Rodeo at 7:30 p.m. Front row, left to right 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), Roy Alonzo (2013) and Rocky Roberts (2008) SUE BROWN | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

The 53rd annual Cowboy of the Year Open Rodeo and Festival, which is promoted as the richest rodeo in Texas, is gathering steam toward weekend excitement at the Atascosa County Showbarn.

Timed events were held earlier this week and slack for timed events will be Aug. 16 at 7:30 p.m. as they get the field set for prime rodeo action. Cowboy introductions will be on Aug. 17 at 7:30 p.m. with the rodeo starting at 8 p.m. On Aug. 18, the rodeo will kick off at 7 p.m.

Events include open breakaway roping, women’s breakaway roping, ranch bronc riding, tie down roping, women’s barrel racing, bull riding and two divisions of team roping.

This is 31st year in which the Pleasanton Young Farmers have sponsored the event.

Buckles will be awarded in every event except ranch bronc riding, for which the winner receives a saddle. Gold and silver buckles will go to the All-Around Cowboy and Cowgirl.

Please see our Cowboy Tales special section included in this issue.

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