National Day of the Cowboy Spokespersons

Hotshot Johnny

Johnny Hotshot Tuscadero (Johnny Mincks) – Arizona

Hotshot Johnny is an award-winning performer who travels the globe thrilling crowds with his one man Wild West Show. He is an honorary member of the Hollywood Stuntman’s Hall of Fame, with over thirty film and TV appearances to his credit, including The Young Riders, Tombstone, Gunsmoke, Little House on the Prairie and The Quick and the Dead. One of the most versatile western performers alive, some have called him the “Tom Mix of his time.” Johnny is known to be an amazing gun twirlin’, trick ropin’, whip crackin’ cowboy, trick shootin’ his way through life, keeping the Western Arts wild with a wit that’s as fast as his draw.

As a National Day of the Cowboy Spokesperson, Hotshot promotes, as well as educates tin horns and trail hands about the work of the National Day of the Cowboy organization, while raising folks’awareness of old west history, American folklore, and the cowboy way all at the same time. If he amazes a crowd or two along the trail with his entertaining brand of the western arts, well, that’s okay too.

Among his many achievments and accolades, Hotshot Johnny Tuscadero is the 2009 SASS/WWPAS World Champion Gun Spinner and he is a member of the Hollywood Stuntman’s Hall of Fame. Hotshot also saw to it that the National Day of the Cowboy flag flew at the largest rodeo ever held in the Middle East, outside Beirut, Lebanon.

“I would love to be an Official Spokesperson for the National Day of the Cowboy. I’m just happier than a coyote at a jack rabbit convention to be offered the position.” Hotshot Johnny.

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Kelsee Brady Bradshaw

Kelsee Brady Bradshaw – Arizona

Kelsee Bradshaw is honored to support her pioneer heritage and love of horses and rodeo as she rides life’s trail. Kelsee lives the Western way of life. She was raised riding horses and being involved in 4H, competing in and judging horsemanship, riding reining horses, breakaway roping, riding as an outrider for the Wells Fargo Stagecoach, and being a member of the Cowgirls Historical Foundation, a group whose mission is to preserve and promote the Western and Cowboy lifestyle through education, charity organizations and public events, and performing on a drill team at events such as pro rodeos, The Rose Bowl and Equestfest. In 2006, Kelsee earned the title of 1st Runner up to Miss Rodeo USA. The sport of rodeo plays a big part in her life and the history of her family. She is the Arizona state spokesperson for the International Professional Rodeo Association and has served on the Gilbert Days rodeo committee. Kelsee is honored to be one of the national spokespersons for the National Day of the Cowboy organization.

In addition to Kelsee’s passion for horses, other facets of her life include having earned state and national titles in cheerleading and having coached a number of teams in cheerleading and track & field. Kelsee is honored to be a featured cowgirl model for the talented western artist, Jim Knauf. Community and church involvement is of great importance to her, where she enjoys singing and serving. She has been in school and church choirs, as well as a finalist in the Star of the West country talent competition.

Kelsee attended Arizona State University and Scottsdale Community College where she earned a degree in Equine Science and continued on to work at South Valley Large Animal Clinic in Utah. She now works for Wild West Performers, a western event company, and enjoys integrating the lifestyle she loves into all kinds of events, through planning and marketing. Kelsee loves the outdoors; camping, fishing, trail riding, and most of all, spending time with family. The thing she is most proud of is her marriage to Colter Bradshaw, in April 2007. Kelsee and Colter reside in Heber, Arizona, with their two daughters, Bryton Odie and Lizzy, and their son, Cager.

Kelsee believes, “It is up to us to honor and revere the past so that we have more respect for life today and in the future. We need to support our Western heritage in everything we do and say, personally, politically, and indefinitely.” As an ambassador for the Western way of life, she would like to encourage the true cowboy spirit within to inspire us to live for patriotism, history, hard work, and a good honest handshake!

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Lee Anderson

Lee Anderson – Arizona

Lee Anderson is an Educational Living History Re-enactor residing in Arizona. Through his hsitoric roles, Lee takes you back to relive Arizona’s Territorial Days. Watch and learn as this working cowboy and his horse, Dusty, perform in Living History. Throughout his life, Lee has nurtured his affinity for early southwestern U.S. History, antique firearms, western clothing, and horses and their training. Additionally, over the years, he’s developed skills in metal fabrication, leatherwork and woodworking, that lend themselves to making much of his equipment and replicas of historic clothing himself. His horsemanship talent took him to the national competition level. Most recently as Executive Director of the Pioneer Living History Village, he helped establish it as a true living history museum.

Lee and Dusty participate in as many parades and western events as possible, where you’ll usually see them carrying the National Day of the Cowboy flag. They present a striking image with their historic costumes and tack, and Dusty clearly loves being the center of attention as he dances under the National Day of the Cowboy official banner.

Lee began promoting the National Day of the Cowboy long before he became an official spokesperson, so we’re especially pleased to have him join us in this capacity.

Lee Anderson has a book out entitled “Developing the Art of Equine Communication.” If you’ve ever seen Lee on either of his amazing horses, Concho or Dusty, you know he knows exactly what he’s talking about (no pun intended) when it comes to conversing with horses!

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Concho – Arizona   Concho bow

I’m not bragging here, but just to let you know, I’m a Thoroughbred and as blue-blooded as they come. I’m a race track rescue horse standing seventeen hands and weighing over 1300 pounds. In 2007, at the age of 7, I fell in a race at Turf Paradise in Phoenix, Arizona and went end-over-end a couple of times at close to 35 mph. That usually ends a racing career, even though I had no permanent physical injuries. Still, a wreck like that usually effects us race horses mentally…we tend to get too cautious in a race. Be that as it may, Lee Anderson adopted me through a trainer friend and after a year of healing, loafing, and learning how to be a horse again, Lee began educating me in the centuries old tradition of the Spanish Vaqueros (cowboys).

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Concho

I spent a couple of years in the jaquima (hackamore) until I fully understood what I needed to know to be Lee’s partner. Only then was Mike Vatalero of Hopland, California, commissioned to custom make a Spanish Spade Bit that properly and comfortably fit my mouth and I graduated to the two-rein (both jaquima and bit). Everything I learned in the jaquima was patiently transferred to nearly imperceptible signals on the bit. As long as I paid close attention and things were going well, Lee would send me signals through the bit. But, if any more than just a touch was required he would go to the jaquima to prevent hurting my mouth. After several months, I graduated to what is known as a “bridle horse“; a horse trained in this tradition responds to the lightest touch that can be communicated. Not only that, it allows the horse to retain every bit of its natural spirit and zest. Lee tells me, “It’s like driving a high performance sports car. Whatever you want is there at a touch.” Sadly, very few horses today receive this type of training for two reasons; First, it takes years of study and practice for a trainer to perfect this training techniques. And second, it takes years of patient work with the horse.

For several years now, Lee and I have portrayed cowboy life in living history presentations for schools and non-profits, as well as for civic, and corporate events. We present this history in any one of three historically accurate personas; a 1750 Spanish Colonial Caballero (horseman and gentleman rancher), an 1850 Mexican/American vaquero (cowboy), or an 1890 American cowboy. All clothing, working gear, and horse equipment (including horse training) is period correct.

Back in 2007, Lee became an Official Spokesperson for the National Day of the Cowboy organization and ever since then, we’ve been representing the NDOC in parades and events all over the Southwest. We’ve Ridden for the Brand in show-stopping fashion at the NDOC event in historic Goldfield Ghost Town, in Sedona’s St Patrick’s Day Parade, and at Sedona’s National Day of the Cowboy event. We’ve brought ‘em to their feet in Tucson’s  La Fiesta de los Vaqueros parade and at Willcox’s Rex Allen Days. If you’ve ever seen me steppin’ out  in these events with the Concho Solo 3National Day of the Cowboy flag flying grandly over my head, then you know how much I love high-style prancing for the crowd in these exciting parades. Now too, I am co-starring in the NDOC’s Kickstarter Project to help raise funds for the 2014 Limited Edition National Day of the Cowboy Hatch poster, which will commemorate the 10th Annual National Day of the Cowboy.

I’ve got to give Lee credit. He never hesitates to tell folks that without me he’d just be one more historic re-enactor out there in a cowboy hat and boots. I’m glad he recognizes that fact and I am extremely proud to be invited to join him as an official Spokesperson/ Spokeshorse for the National Day of the Cowboy and I will, of course, do my very best to represent the organization. After all, as the NDOC Bill reads, “Whereas the cowboy and his horse are a central figure in literature, art, film, poetry, photography, and music,’ so it seems only natural to me that a horse should be a spokesperson too.

We all know that without the horse, there is no cowboy!

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Will Roberts

Will Roberts – California

Our good friend, Will Roberts, is an internationally renowned performer and cowboy speaker, known for his super high-energy and insightful content, spiked with down-home humor, all highlighted by his astonishing trick roping skills. As a former featured artist of the famed Cirque du Soleil, in Las Vegas, he brings the western arts of trick roping, gun spinning and whip-cracking alive with his intensely interactive fast-paced performances. Will has performed his western act on stages and venues throughout the world. He creates a visually stunning entertainment spectacle infused with his personal brand of humor and customized to the themes and needs of each event at which he performs. He understands that each event is unique and works to make every one an event to remember. He has been called the “modern day Will Rogers,” because of his work in film, TV, and radio, as well as his syndicated daily humor. He even holds a Guinness world record with his six shooters.

Will prides himself on bringing back good sense and simplicity to America through humor. He has traveled the world on his “Common Sense Tour,” of which he has wryly observed, “Common sense ain’t so common anymore.”

Now don’t be fooled; Will Roberts is a Cowboy. Originally from Illinois, he moved to Central California as a teenager. As that old saying directs, “Go west young man,” so he did. The values and skills of the West are in his blood and have remained his true passion.

Will currently resides in Winchester, California, with his amazing wife and two wonderful little kids. He also frequently works in Hollywood as a union actor and weapons and stunt man. From theater productions, nightclubs, rodeos, and circuses, to corporate conferences, film productions and private events, Will Roberts makes the world his stage!

Will tells us he has invested a good twenty-something years of his life promoting the western arts and striving to keep cowboy culture alive. “The chance to be associated and work with the National Day of the Cowboy organization is the dream of a lifetime. Many hope and dream as a kid to one day be a cowboy and I am one of those kids, so now to be able to focus my energy and passion in support of the Day of the Cowboy makes me feel pretty darn good. “

 

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“Dr.” Buck Montgomery – Arizona

Dr. Buck Montgomery, a former Disney Studio animator, began his adventure into the stuntman business in the early 70s, to supplement his income as a “starving Disney artist.” Having previously gone down the trail as a bull-dogger in the California Rodeo circuit, he decided getting paid to take a fall or two from a horse in film was a natural and practical transition. After moving to Texas, Dr. Buck (a nickname bestowed upon him by fellow stuntmen) was lucky enough to be put in touch with a gentleman who was once a stunt double for John Wayne. When the double taught him some specialty gags only a select few in the business had mastered, Dr. Buck found himself in such classic films as The Sacketts, The Shadow Riders, The Long Riders, Barbarosa, Pale Rider, and Back to the Future III.

Buck’s stage show production and script writing skills landed him on the world famous Ponderosa Ranch (home of TV’s Bonanza), working as the General Manager, Entertainment Director and Stunt Show Coordinator. He went on to perform and act in some of the Bonanza sequels with legendary actors like Ben Johnson, Jack Elam, and Star Trek’s Leonard Nimoy.

Combining his deep love of Old West history with the lure of the factual and the Hollywood enhanced wild west, Dr Buck (whose grandfather was a full-blooded Mescalero Apache), decided his vision quest was to create and produce a one-of-a-kind, history-meets-Hollywood, Western Festival; Arizona’s Wild Western Festival, now celebrating its illustrious 9th Anniversary.

As the recently appointed Trail Boss of the Wild West Performing Arts Society (WWPAS), which is the newest addition to the Single Action Shooting Society (SASS), Dr. Buck feels he’s been given a remarkable opportunity to preserve America’s Wild West Arts, such as trick roping, gun spinning, whip cracking, knife throwing, trick riding, wild west show stunts, stage combat, trick shooting and more, for generations to come. These classic Cowboy skills, historically practiced around round-up campfires, performed in the Buffalo Bill Wild West Shows, or presented to citified folks by Will Rogers, have a new home for all who want to keep this part of America’s colorful heritage alive.

“When you grow up with a name like “Buck”, spend most of your life sittin’ in a saddle, and then decide you’d rather get shot out of it, horse drug, or punched and kicked so the Wild Western you’re enjoying on the Silver Screen might be a tad more exciting, then,” says Dr. Buck, “sign me up to be an official National Day Of The Cowboy spokesman! I’m hoping the twelve concussions, two dozen broken ribs, crushed vertebra and re-built leg might get me a sympathy vote or two!”

“Scars are cowboy tattoos with better stories.” Dr Buck Montgomery

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Brent Slutsky – California

Brent Slutsky

The National Day of the Cowboy’s California and Southwest Regional Ambassador for six years, Brent Slutsky moved
into the role of an Official National Spokesperson for the National Day of the Cowboy in 2017. Brent was a driving force
in securing passage of the National Day of the Cowboy bill in the California Legislature in 2012, making CA the second state to pass the NDOC in perpetuity. He and his wife, Janet, seem to spend the majority of their leisure hours promoting the preservation of cowboy culture around the country, as well as encouraging others to become active supporting members of the NDOC. Last July, they traveled from their home in California, to represent NDOC at Dodge City Days and Dodge City’s National Day of the Cowboy celebration in Kansas.

Organizations outside of the NDOC, for which Brent also volunteers, include the Los Angeles County Sheriff Department Civilian Posse of Lost Hills/Malibu, and the Spirit of the West Riders (supporting the John Wayne Cancer Foundation). Slutsky is also an active member of the Chuck Wagon Trailers and the Reel Cowboys.

“Why did I want to be a cowboy?” Like so many young boys, it was a natural desire for me, but I had no idea then what it was to be a real cowboy. However, now that I’m grown, although I haven’t punched cattle or any livestock, I believe I live by the cowboy code of conduct. I learned about the NDOC from Bethany Braley in 2010, and I still firmly believe in its mission. My faith in the NDOC mission has never wavered or diminished. I constantly find myself talking about the effort and doing whatever I can to continue to move it forward toward official national status. 

 

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