SAN ANTONIO – At the Hall of Fame ceremony held last week, the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo welcomed two extraordinary members to the 2020 Hall of Fame –the late Annella Egbert and Mark Colaw. These individuals have helped the organization grow and succeed through their commitment and dedication to our mission.
Annella Bell Egbert served selflessly for the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo for nearly 50 years. She began regularly going to the rodeo in 1950 or 51. She would go daily and sometimes twice a day. Annella worked on the auction committee spending her time on the auction block, writing all bids and buyers names by hand. Prior to Annella, the job had only been held by one other person. Her father, Tom Bell, was Vice Chairman of the Board for decades and he would hire his secretary from the Stockyards to work the auction. When his secretary retired, Annella volunteered for the job. As the auction grew over the decades, more and more children would show their animals, more volunteers were needed and technology was soon necessary to keep up with the pace. She was always up for the challenge. Annella showed up early and stayed late. Her humble attitude toward her work set an example for everyone she interacted with. She would consistently say, ”what can I do for the auction”, never would she have thought, ”what can the auction do for me.”
A native of San Antonio, Mark Colaw has volunteered for the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo for more 30 years. He first served on the Horse Show Committee in 1989 where he worked the sale ring gate during the horse auction. Colaw quickly became a leader within the organization as he served as Vice Chairman of the Horse Show Committee in 1994 and Chairman from 1996 to 2006. He also held many other roles such as Life Member, Director, Assistant Vice President, Lifetime Assistant Vice President and Executive Committee Vice President from 2015 to 2018. His passion for equestrian events and innovative spirit has been instrumental in the evolution of the horse show facilities enjoyed at today’s Rodeo. Colaw is the proud owner of Seymour’s Garage, an automotive service leader in the community for over 30 years. Colaw is known for his tenacity and vast array of knowledge in the automotive industry, winning several awards including a world title three times. Through his vision, he created CarFest that brings together automotive professionals that donate more than $100,000 to local trade schools to assist youth in pursuing a career in the automotive business. He is married to Pam Rew Colaw and has four children and six grandchildren. In his spare time, he enjoys shotgun shooting and spending time restoring hope in children through horses at Hidden Springs Youth Ranch.