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 – 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 as she was raised; riding horses and being involved in 4H, competing in and judging horsemanship, riding reining horses, doing some breakaway roping, riding as an outrider for the Wells Fargo Stagecoach, earning the title of Miss Rodeo USA 1st Runner up 2006, 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. The sport of rodeo plays a big part in Kelsee’s 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, she is heavily involved in other facets of her life, including earning 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 ’07. They reside in Coolidge, Arizona with their baby girl, Bryton Odie Bradshaw!

Kelsee firmly 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 new book entitled “Developing the Art of Equine Comminication,” scheduled for publication in May, 2012. 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).

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.Concho 1

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 different 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 correct for each period.

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 reenactor 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 Spokersperson/ 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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Julie Ann Ream

Julie Ann Ream – California

Born into a family rich with Cowboys and Western entertainers, Julie Ann Ream came by her love of the West naturally. She understood early how hard they worked their craft and saw firsthand how their work made others happy. She knows in her heart, “Everybody loves a cowboy, ” so she spends her time bringing that happiness to others. She produces numerous live events (most to benefit charities), and likes Western ones the best!

Julie’s grandfather, Taylor ‘Cactus Mack’ McPeters, was a cowboy, stuntman, musician and actor. As a side-kick for both Roy Rogers and Gene Autry, he appeared in well over 300 films and TV shows, including most of John Wayne’s B westerns. A gifted bandleader, heading up Cactus Mack & his Saddle Tramps, The Arizona Wranglers and O Bar O Cowboys (just to name a few), Cactus befriended a young Leonard Sly who traveled with him and the O Bar O boys before becoming Roy Rogers and the Sons of the Pioneers, respectively.

Julie’s uncle, Glenn Strange, and her cousin, Rex Allen, also had far reaching careers. Glenn was a cowboy, a stuntman, and a musician before becoming an actor. Often cast in the ‘bad guy’ roles, Julie vows a sweeter man was never born. Among his many roles, Glenn played ‘Butch Cavendish,’ (the Lone Rangers’ nemesis), and ended his career as ‘Sam the bartender’ in Gunsmoke. Glenn and Cactus were lured to Hollywood in 1929 while working with Hoot Gibson and his Rodeo in Saugus, California. Their facial features reflecting their Cherokee Indian descent, combined with their beautiful voices, led to colorful careers for both of them. Rex Allen, the ‘Arizona Cowboy,’ had a velvet voice that is treasured in the narrations he did for Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color nature shows, as are his voices behind 150 cartoon characters created for Disney.

Julie, who writes for various magazines and publications, has been a regular contributor to the Mark Isler Show on KABC TalkRadio 790, and worked as an Investigative Agent for the television show ‘Unsolved Mysteries,’ before finding her way back to her Western roots. She produced the spectacular 2006 and 2007 Silver Spur Awards in LA, heads up the All Star Western Round-Up, and assists with the production of Rex Allen Days each October.

In addition to her own projects and personal appearances, Julie worked with the City of Santa Clarita in the production of their Walk of Western Stars and on various other city projects. She recently finished her book Weird Hollywood, slated for release through Barnes & Noble. Julie works with many museums around the United States, assisting with their Western preservation endeavors,most notably, The Lone Pine Museum of Film History in Lone Pine, California, and the Rex Allen Museum in Willcox, Arizona, where she recently completed curating exhibits spotlighting her famous family. The exhibits were unveiled in October, 2009, when she guested at their 20th Anniversary shows.

In 2007, Julie proudly accepted the Cowboy Keeper Award presented to her by the National Day of the Cowboy for her work and dedication in ‘preserving America’s Western Heritage and Cowboy Culture.’ She can often be seen making guest appearances all over the country, on behalf of her family, greeting their fans and sharing her personal anecdotes and memorabilia with them.

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Tom Bass

Tom Bass – Florida

Florida Cracker Cowboy and Gold Card PRCA announcer, Tom Bass, is a native of Kissimmee, Florida, one of the oldest towns in Florida, and for many years the Cow Capitol of the state. He is the son of Georgette of Yale, Oklahoma, and William Bass, also a native of Kissimmee. Tom’s dad traded horses and cattle, worked cows, hauled and butchered livestock, and did whatever else it took to raise their five children. Tom’s mom took him to the Kissimmee’s Silver Spurs Rodeo when he was a baby and he rode his first calf at that same rodeo when he was only seven. In 1962, he entered the bareback trick riding there for the first time, where he recalls doing the “fastest flying leap and reverse flip in Spurs’ history.” He entered the Junior Rodeo in Wauchula, Florida, in May 1963, and as luck would have it, won his first bull riding event and his first trophy buckle. According to Bass, “That victory explains why I never became a wealthy man. I spent every dime I made after that, trying to win more buckles!” Over the years, he continued to enter all the riding events and the steer wrestling in Kissimmee, as well as going to other rodeos in Florida, Alabama, Georgia and Texas

Tom graduated from Osceola High School in 1964, then attended Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College for two years, before transferring to Sul Ross State University in Alpine, Texas, where he majored in Range Animal Science (“with a minor in Campus Wildlife”), graduating in 1972. He claims folks are still convinced he bought his degree in Mexico. After college he marched to the tune of “work hard and get ahead,” by landing a “real” job working for Farm Bureau Florida, which lasted a year and a half. After that, he returned to the rodeo business. He is a charter member of the Florida Junior Rodeo Association and competed in the bareback and bull riding. While attending college, he competed in the saddle bronc riding and bull riding, until he got a bit older and added steer wrestling and team roping

Tom Bass, and his wife and hero, Glenda, met in 1976 while living in Monticello, Florida. They actually went to Douglas, Georgia, on their first date, where Tom was entered in steer wrestling. He missed his steer but told Glenda it was because he was watching her to make sure nobody stole her while he was in the arena. They married in September of 1976 on his Dad’s 72nd birthday.

Tom announced Kissimmee’s Silver Spurs Rodeo, the largest Pro Rodeo east of the Mississippi, for 14 years, as well as being a four-time announcer for the Benny Binion Bucking Horse and Bull Sale in Vegas. In addition, he has produced the annual Osceola County Cracker Days and Ranch Rodeo events for the local cowboys every first Saturday in April for ten years.

Bass steer wrestled until 1992 and continued to announce rodeos along the way, including announcing the Southeast Circuit Finals in 2003, the same year Glenda was Southeast Divisional Tour Champion of the WPRA. They went to the Women’s National Finals Rodeo in Ft. Worth, Texas one week and the Circuit Finals Rodeo in Okeechobee, Florida, the next. He’s also announced rodeos for the Seminole and Miccosukee Indians, and the Eastern Indian Rodeo Association. Tom Bass is also a Florida Cattle and Horse Historian, and an avid Central Florida history buff.

Another event he is proud of is the Osceola County Cracker Day and Ranch Rodeo he produced, directed, and announced for 10 years in Kissimmee, 1999-2008. The event honored at least one Florida Seminole and one or two Crackers who were a part of the County’s history. Some local folks said it was their favorite event (a head sweller for sure). He’s especially proud of the fact that Florida had the first cattle to ever set hooves on the North American Continent, back in 1521 in Fort Meyers, so in 2007, he worked with the Florida Commissioner of Agriculture to successfully procure the National Day of the Cowboy Resolution from the Governor of Florida.

Bass notes, “Livestock has always played an important role in Florida’s economy and culture, as long as 100 years before the Pilgrims landed, so I know that what you (NDOC) are doing is important and I would love to be a spokesman for the National Day of the Cowboy.” He goes on to add that he is currently working to achieve passage of the NDOC Resolution in the Florida Legislature in 2011.

“I am so proud to become a part of your worthy organization and hope to promote you well down here. God Bless You.” Yore Cowboy Pal, Tom Bass

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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, 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 even 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 7th 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. barbed-wire-banner