To promote unity within the rodeo and western industry, bringing fans and athletes of the sport together to celebrate the legacy of the rodeo community while building awareness for an incredible organization dedicated to the empowerment of women, Refuge for Women. This faith-based, national organization provides residential healing and recovery programs for survivors of trafficking and sexual exploitation to receive safe housing, counseling, and life and work skills development.
As part of the event program, Kendra Santos was recognized for her spirit of excellence in communication and journalism and Bob Tallman for being a lifetime ambassador for rodeo. Legends of Rodeo who have passed away were honored in an American Feather Ceremony and Elsie and Clyde Frost presented the Lane Frost Award to an individual who had shown amazing work as a helping hand cowboy or cowgirl, using their platform in the community to help others. Event MC was Matt Merrit.
The Event Agenda included:
- Meet and Greet with notable stars of the rodeo and western world including New York Times journalist, Pulitzer Prize winner and author of The Last Cowboys, John Branch, and elite rodeo athletes, The Wright Brothers.
- Presentation by Clyde and Elsie Frost of the new Lane Frost “Helpful Hand” Award.
- Feature presentation recognizing Kendra Santos and Bob Tallman for their incomparable work in promoting rodeo and the western lifestyle.
- The American Feather Ceremony honoring legends of rodeo who are no longer with us.
- The Legacy of the West Western Fashion Show.
- Silent Auction to benefit Refuge for Women.
- Special Guest Speakers.
- Thousands in prize giveaways to attendees.
- And, of course, we have a few surprises up our sleeves that you must be at the event to see!
Meet the Pros Behind the 2018 Gala:
The Legacy of the West Gala is supported by a host of rodeo industry standouts including Honorary Co-Chairs Ty and Paige Murray, and Honorary Committee members Allen & Peggy Bach, Rope & Candice Myers, Jacobs & Lauren Crawley, Isaac & Britany Diaz, Jake & Toni Barnes, Cody & Ashley Webster, Luke & Lindsay Branquinho, Tiffany McGhan, Cooper & Kait Davis, Stevi Hillman, and Cody & Sierra Emerson. An afternoon featuring award presentations, a fashion show, door prizes for attendees and more! Festivities will wrap up in plenty of time for attendees to make the NFR performance.
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2018 Honorary Co-Chairs and Honorary Committee Members
Ty & Paige Murray Ty Murray is a nine-time World Champion rodeo cowboy. Murray won the World All-Around Champion title seven times and the PRCA World Bull Riding Championship title twice. After winning his seventh title in 1998, surpassing the record for...read more
Allen & Peggy Bach Allen Bach is a four-time World Champion Team Roper. Allen’s victories, in both his rodeo career and his personal life, have been momentous. In his 30+ years as a PRCA cowboy he has, according to ProRodeo Sports News, “cemented himself as a...read more
Tiffany McGhan, also known as @FashionPosse on Instagram, is a true style icon for all things Western fashion. She spends her time traveling alongside the rodeo circuit with Tuf, showcasing the best styles! With an impressive 54,000 followers, Tiffany has proved...read more
Cooper Davis is not only a World Champion Professional Bull Rider, but a hard working husband and dad. Cooper lives and breathes bull riding, his wife Kaitlyn and son Mackston accompany him to most of his events. When Cooper is not competing, he can be found at home...read more
Professional bullfighter, Cody Webster, joined the PRCA in 2001 is known for winning multiple world championships. He is also a multiple winner of the NFR Bull Fighting Cup. Cody credits Frank Newsom for taking him under his wing, for keeping his head on straight, to...read more
Jake Barnes was the first person to be named to the list of “Legends of Pro Rodeo” by the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame in which he was inducted in 1997. Jake married his wife Toni in 1989, and they have five children. He has made the WNFR a whopping 27 times since joining...read more
Rodeo couple Isaac and Britany Diaz are Elite Rodeo Athletes. Both have qualified for the WNFR. In 2010, while taking part in the Canadian Finals, Isaac met Britany Fleck, who was competing in the barrel racing. Isaac and Britany instantly hit it off, and in November...read more
Stevi Hillman is a 3 time WNFR qualifier. A Colorado native, Stevi is the first member of her family to compete in rodeo. She grew up with horses and her love for them started at an early age. Her stepfather has trained horses for AQHA competition. She has also worked...read more
PRCA World Champion Saddle Bronc Rider, Jacobs Crawley, may be one of the oldest Saddle Bronc Riders competing but is again at the top of the standings. Jacobs and Lauren met for the first time at the Texas High School Rodeo State Finals in Abilene. Later, they became...read more
Rope Myers was born to be a rodeo cowboy. In 2001, Rope became the World Champion Steer Wrestler, while smashing the NFR arena average and the record for steer wrestling earnings in one year. He is also the 2002 Gold Medalist at the Olympic Command Performance Rodeo....read more
Luke Branquinho is a 5 time World Champion Steer Wrestler, making him one of the most well known and highly regarded rodeo athletes in the sport. Luke grew up in the rodeo world, with two older brothers who helped mold his competitive nature. He’s equally at home on...read more
At 30 years old, Cody Emerson has been fighting bulls for 12 years. He is on the road about 200 days a year and this year was nominated as bullfighter of the year. Not only is Cody a bullfighter, but he also has a Bachelor's Degree in Ag Business from Arkansas State...read more