Actor and artist Buck Taylor will receive the 2019 Western Horseman Award at this year’s Western Heritage Classic in Abilene, Texas.
Western Horseman announces artist and actor Buck Taylor as the recipient of the 2019 Western Horseman Award. Born in Hollywood, California, in 1938, Taylor came of age in the movie industry’s Golden Era, becoming an iconic character actor in Western television and movies.
His more than 100 television episode appearances included eight seasons as a regular on Gunsmoke as deputy Newly O’Brien. He was most recently cast in Paramount Network’s Yellowstone. His many movie appearances include Tombstone and Hell or High Water, for which he received one of three Western Heritage Awards from the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He is also an inductee into the museum’s prestigious Hall of Great Western Performers. He also has a star on the Texas Walk of Fame. As a member of the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame, he has a star in the Fort Worth Stockyards.
No less impressive is his reputation and popularity as a fine artist. Since selling his first paintings at the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas, Nevada, in 1993, Taylor’s watercolors have become fixtures in the Western art world. He has also been the official artist for several prestigious rodeos, including the NFR, Pendleton Round Up and Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo.
The Western Horseman Award will be presented to Taylor during the Western Heritage Classic gathering in Abilene, Texas, held May 9-12, 2019; the presentation will be made during the night performance of the ranch rodeo on Saturday, May 11.
Fort Worth-based Western Horseman, established in 1936, is the world’s leading publication for stock horse enthusiasts. Begun in 2005, the Western Horseman Award recognizes outstanding individuals who exemplify Western cowboy authenticity, horsemanship, ethics, a commitment to education and sharing knowledge, and who show a passion for the Western way of life. Past honorees include Ray Hunt, Larry Mahan, Buck Brannaman, Pam Minick, Red Steagall, Al Dunning, and Ian Tyson.