Wyoming cowboys recognized
Several cowboys, cowgirls and western organizations will be honored at Rodeo Fame’s Legacy of the West Gala, presented by Wheeler’s Western Outfitters and Trailer Sales in Las Vegas, Nev. on Dec. 8.
Bareback Rider J.R. Vezain, who is originally from Cowley, was awarded the All Grit Award. Vezain was seriously injured at the Pasadena, Texas Livestock Show and Rodeo in September of 2018 and has since worked to overcome mobility issues after suffering a broken back.
Since the accident, Vezain has undergone several surgeries and treatments, but makes it a point to stay motivated and busy. Vezain has started judging non-sanctioned bull riding events, as well as speaking at local high schools and churches.
Chancey Williams, country music singer-songwriter and former saddle bronc rider from Moorcroft, was selected as the Legacy of the West Award winner. This award is given to an individual who upholds the legacy of the industry through ethics and leadership.
Jackie Crawford received the Women’s Lasting Impact Award, which is given to women in the Western community who create change, make a difference and take a stand. Crawford, an impressive roper and horsewoman, is a strong advocate for breakaway roping as well as the integrity of what it means to be a cowgirl.
Other award winners include: Christy Burlson, Innovative Photographer Award; Western Sports Foundation, Raise the Bar Award; Anthony Lucia, Trailblazer Award; Dougie Hall, Difference Maker Award; The Cowboy Channel, Media Excellence Award; and Cody DeMers who is recognized as the Junior Roughstock Association Ambassador.
The Legacy of the West Gala unites the western community to raise awareness and funds to stop human sex trafficking.
For more information, visit rodeofame.com/events.