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Hats Off to the Cowboy

Thanks to all of you who supported our work by attending our celebration and charity fundraiser on Saturday, October 22. It was indeed a perfect desert evening and a good time was had by all. We had friends from Texas, California, Colorado, and New Mexico, as well as old friends from all over Arizona. Rockin' Ron came all the way from Payson to DJ for us and everyone loved the great country band too; Kenny Breshears, Don Gibson, and Ron Gibson.


The spectacular image contributed for this event, "Moonlight Bronc" (shown above) is the work of Arizona photographer, Bev Pettit, from Skull Valley. A limited number of 12"X18" prints of this image are available for purchase for $20 each unsigned and $30 each signed by Ms Pettit.  

Everyone had such a good time that we've decided to make Hats Off to the Cowboy an annual October event, but to hold it in a different community each time and hope to hold it in Cave Creek, AZ in 2012. We'll keep you posted on the details as they develop.

We owe a huge cowboy thank you to the wonderful, hard-working members of the Hats Off to the Cowboy benefit  committee which included John and Pat Manes from the Arizona Horse Council, Dakota and Sunny Livesay, who publish Chronicle of the Old West, Babs Sanders from the Black Canyon Saddle Club, Moonlight Mesa Publisher, Becky Coffield from Wickenburg, the ever recognizable Arizona Duuude in his Arizona flag shirt, living historian Lee Anderson, and Kelsee Bradshaw from the Cowgirl Historical Foundation.  Lee and Kelsee are also official spokesperson for the NDOC. Also thanks to Brent & Janet Slutsky, and Larry & Jan Brady, who came all the way from California and took complete care of the National Day of the Cowboy tables during the entire evening!  


 Hats Off to the Cowboy Committee Members

John Manes, Cave Creek – Arizona Horse Council

Lee Anderson, Glendale, Living History Reenactor

Pat Manes, Cave Creek – Arizona Horse Council

Sunny Livesay, Show Low – Chronicle of the Old West

Dakota Livesay, Show Low – Chronicle of the Old West

Becky Coffield, Wickenburg – Moonlight Mesa Publishing

Kelsee Bradshaw, Gilbert – Cowgirl Historical Foundation

Babs Sanders, Black Canyon City – Black Canyon City Saddle Club

Arizona Duuude, Black Canyon City – Arizona

Bethany Braley, Prescott Valley – National Day of the Cowboy 501(c)3


Official Event Photographers

Jody Frost

Jim Moon

Thank You to all of our Hats Off to the Cowboy

 Sponsors & Donors!

Chronicle of the Old West - Sponsor


Chronicle of the Old West

KMOG Radio

Christina Jameson - Mary Kay

Western Belle - Barb Richhart

Peter Ford (Glenn Ford's son)

David Copher

Lee Anderson

Marvin Del Chiaro

KSWG Radio "Real Country"

Jo Mora Gallery

Donna Byod (Margo Metegrano)

Marg Nelssen

Moonlight Mesa Publishing

Bev Pettit

Highway 50 Wagon Train Association (Vi Tara)

Bridle & Bit

Corinne J. Brown

Hood River Distillers

Tack Solutions by Leslie

Baxter Black

Jon Chancler

John Conley - Author

Jim Moon - Photographer

Elizabeth Gunn - Author 

Will Smith (western actor)

Julie Ream

Buck Montgomery

Riders in the Sky

Diamond M Ranch

Farnam Horse Products

Elizabeth Gunn

John Conley

Athena Greek Cuisine

Rob Bandhauer

Hugh O'Brian

Ty Hardin

Jamie Nudie (Granddaughter of Rodeo Tailor Nudie)

Will James Society

Dog Jake Western Store