Quail Dobbs Named Donita Barnes Award Recipient

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The late Marvin “Quail” Dobbs has been announced as the 2014 PRCA Donita Barnes Lifetime Achievement Award recipient.

Dobbs was chosen among a group of nominees which included Pete Burns, Kay Gay, Liz Kesler and Karen Vold.

Dobbs – who died on Jan. 15, 2014 – is one of the most beloved performers in the sport’s history, a highly-decorated rodeo clown and barrelman.

His induction into the ProRodeo Hall of Fame in 2002 capped a 36-year career that saw him named PRCA Clown of the Year twice (1978 and 1988) and the Coors Man in the Can four times (1985-86, 1990 and 1993).

He’s one of only three men to work as both a bullfighter (1972) and barrelman (1978, 1985 and 1988) at the National Finals Rodeo. He also worked seven times as a barrelman for the Wrangler Bullfight Tour Finale.

Dobbs retired after the Cheyenne (Wyo.) Frontier Days in 1998.

He was also known for holding a Kindergarten Rodeo at the elementary school in Coahoma, Texas, for 35 years, and was held in high regard in the community.
The inaugural PRCA Donita Barnes Lifetime Achievement Award was given to Barnes in 2011. Art and Linda Alsbaugh were the recipients in 2012, while Fred and Norma Dorenkamp won it last year.

All other year-end PRCA awards will be announced at the 2014 PRCA Annual Awards Banquet on Dec. 3 at 6:30 p.m. at the South Point Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.

Courtesy of PRCA