FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Sept. 30, 2014
Stellar Class Honored at Rodeo Hall of Fame Sept. 27
OKLAHOMA CITY—One of the most prestigious events in rodeo was held Sept. 27, 2014, at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, when inductions were made to the Rodeo Hall of Fame. Selected annually by votes from members of the Museum’s Rodeo HistoricalSociety, this year’s inductees include Randy Bernard, Doug Brown, Bill Martinelli, Dennis Reiners, Bob Robinson and posthumous recognition for Ted Ashworth, Bob Cullison, Marvin Holmes and Frances Crane Smith. Bernard is the Directors’ Choice recipient.
The Tad Lucas and Ben Johnson Memorial Awards were presented to Sherry Cervi and Joe Beaver, respectively. Dee Pickett was formally recognized for his automatic induction by virtue of winning the 1984 PRCA All-Around World Champion title.
“It is truly an honor for any rodeo cowboy, cowgirl or performer to be inducted into the prestigious Rodeo Hall of Fame or receive the Ben Johnson and Tad Lucas Memorial Awards,” said Christie Camarillo, president of the Rodeo Historical Society. “We had a tremendous induction weekend worthy of honoring these individuals and that helped grow support of the Rodeo Historical Society.”
A full schedule of activities preceded the awards. More than $48,000 was raised for RHS programming during silent and live auctions. Guests attended interviews with Randy Bernard, Doug Brown, Bob Robinson, Dee Pickett and Joe Beaver. The Museum Store hosted book signings with several authors of rodeo-related titles. Pickett was the winner of a storytelling contest called Rerides Rendezvous with his offbeat tale of life on the rodeo trail.
The Rodeo Hall of Fame Weekend Presenting Sponsor is the Norris Foundation with major support from Tony Lama Boots and Langston’s Western Wear. A highlight of weekend activities is available on the Museum YouTube video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mOZQPntL6ZQ&feature=youtu.be.
Membership in the Rodeo Historical Society supports the Hall of Fame ceremonies and other programs dedicated to preserving and promoting rodeo history. For more information, visit LoveRodeo.org or call (405) 478-2250, Ext. 269. The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum is a national treasure located in Oklahoma City’s Adventure District at the crossroads of Interstates 44 and 35.
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