Cowboy Keeper Award Recipients

National Day of the Cowboy

Cowboy Keeper Award™

The Board of Directors of the National Day of the Cowboy organization bestows its annual Cowboy Keeper Award on organizations and individuals whom it determines have made a substantial contribution to the preservation of pioneer heritage, as well as to those whose efforts support the continued growth and preservation of Cowboy culture.

Although artwork for the award is contributed by a different painter each year, the Cowboy Keeper Award itself was originally conceived in memory and in honor of cowgirl and artist, the late Joelle Smith. Artists who have donated their work are Naomi Offner 2006, Bob Boze Bell 2007, Jennifer M. Ward- 2008, Sally Smith for Joelle Smith 2009, Jim Clements 2010, Betty Goodan Andrews for Till Goodan 2011, and Phil Beck 2012.

To nominate an individual,  organization or project for the Cowboy Keeper Award, send an email explaining in detail why you feel your nominee should receive the award. Two additional emails supporting your nomination must also be provided. Subject should be “Cowboy Keeper Award Nominee.” Nominations must be received no later than May 31st each year.

To offer to donate a digital image of your western related artwork for use in the Cowboy Keeper Award, send an email to Subject: Cowboy Keeper Award Art.


2006 Cowboy Keeper Award Recipients

 U.S. Senator Craig Thomas, Wyoming
Rancher Mrs. Dorothy Wood, Arizona
Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo Committee, Wyoming
The Old Cowtown Museum, Kansas
The Golden Boot Organization, California

Art by Naomi Offner Naomi Offner contributed this watercolor for the 2006 Cowboy Keeper Award.


2007 Cowboy Keeper Award Recipients

The Reel Cowboys’ Silver Spur Awards, California
Julie Ream, California
Bob Boze Bell contributed the artwork for the 2007 Cowboy Keeper Award.


2008 Cowboy Keeper Award Recipients

Michael Martin Murphey,Texas
U.S. Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, Arizona

Artwork by Jennifer M. Ward

Reason to Persevere

 Jennifer M. Ward contributed the artwork for the 2008 Cowboy Keeper Award,
“Reason to Persevere.”


2009 Cowboy Keeper Award Recipients

Dakota Livesay, Arizona
Margo Metegrano, California
Texas Trail of Fame Organization, Texas

Artwork by Joelle Smith

She’s a Hand

 Sally Smith contributed the artwork of her late daughter, artist Joelle Smith,
“She’s a Hand,” for the 2009 Cowboy Keeper Award.


 2010 Cowboy Keeper Award Recipients

Don and Sharon Endsley, Missouri
Doc Stovall, Georgia
The Desert Cowboys, (Head Wrangler – SFC Russell Anderson, Jared Clark, Dustin Hash, Brandon Hawkins, Don Harbison,
Rowan Dunnaway, Matthew Coppock),  in service to America
Kathleen Collins, Western Jubilee Recording Company, Colorado
Scott O’Malley, Western Jubilee Recording Company, Colorado
The Grant Harris Family, New Jersey

Artwork by Jim Clements

Simple Things

Jim Clements contributed his artwork, “Simple Things,”
for the 2010 Cowboy Keeper Award.


2011 Cowboy Keeper Award Recipients

Bertha Kaepernik Blancett, California
Cleo Hearn & Cowboys of Color Rodeo, Texas
Riders in the Sky, Tennessee
Tom Bishop Sr., Canada
Dubois Main Street National Day of the Cowboy, Wyoming
National Cowboy Poetry Gathering, Nevada
Pete Clemons, Florida
Westernaires, Colorado

Artwork by Till Goodan

Calgary Red

“Calgary Red” by Till Goodan, was contributed by his daughter, Betty Goodan Andrews,
as the image for the 2011 Cowboy Keeper Award.




2012 Cowboy Keeper Award Recipients

Chris LeDoux, Wyoming
J. R. Sanders, California
Cowgirls Historical Foundation, Arizona
Susan Thomas, Wyoming
The Will James Society, Nevada

Morning Lessons by Phil Beck

Art selected for the 2012 Cowboy Keeper Award is “Morning Lessons”
by renowned Arizona westen artist, Phil Beck.



2013 Cowboy Keeper Award Recipients

American Chuck Wagon Association
Phil Spangenberger, California
Bob Fox, California
New Mexico History Museum, New Mexico
R.J. Vandygriff, Texas
Mary Ann Dyer Goodnight, Texas

Weathered Wheels

Weathered Wheels
by Val Moker

Canadian artist, Val Moker, contributed her image of “Weathered Wheels”
for the 2013 Cowboy Keeper Awards.