Buck Brannaman receives Western Horseman Award

Brannaman-familyWidely respected horseman and clinician Buck Brannaman has received the Western Horseman Award. During the A Legacy of Legends clinic, held February 1–3 in Las Vegas, Nevada, Brannaman accepted the annual award from Western Horseman Publisher Darrell Dodds.

“It would be difficult to find a more deserving recipient of this year’s Western Horseman Award than Buck Brannaman,” says Dodds. “Besides his impeccable horsemanship, his character and work ethic, his role as a no-nonsense teacher and mentor is setting a positive example for young men and women to follow. He is living proof that you can stay true to your craft and your principles and make a positive and lasting difference in the equine industry.”

The award was instituted in 2005 for the sole purpose of recognizing outstanding individuals who have made significant contributions to the Western stock horse industry. In selecting candidates for the award, the magazine looks for men and women who embody values the magazine embraces: impeccable Western horsemanship; a commitment to education, authenticity and ethics; and a passion for the Western way of life.

As noted in Western Horseman’s May 2013 cover story, Brannaman has positively influenced the horse world for more than 30 years through his clinics, books and videos that promote a kinder, gentler way of working with horses. His influence has even reached mainstream audiences through the 2011 documentary BUCK, as well as the novel and related movie The Horse Whisperer. He has taught horsemanship throughout the United States, as well as in Canada, Europe and Australia.

For earning the Western Horseman Award, Brannaman was presented with a special bronze sculpture created by Charlene Morgan. The sculpture depicts three Western stock horses that are saddled, ground-tied and ready for work, and is based on an original George Phippen scratchboard illustration commissioned by Western Horseman in 1954.

Past award recipients include clinician Ray Hunt (2005), rancher and cutting horse trainer Buster Welch (2006), ranch manager and photographer Bob Moorhouse (2007), rancher and horseman Craig Haythorn (2008), musician Ian Tyson (2010), trainer and judge Jack Brainard (2011), and veterinarian and author Robert Miller, DVM (2012).

 

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