The popular actor, artist and team roper cites cowboy values such as faith, family and freedom.
Listing values such as faith, family and freedom, Buck Taylor accepted the Western Horseman Award during the Red Steagall Cowboy Gathering, held October 25–27 in Fort Worth, Texas.
Gripping the Western Horseman Award bronze under his left arm and holding a microphone in his right, the popular Western actor addressed a large crowd gathered in Cowtown Coliseum.
“First of all, I want to thank God for all the blessings he’s bestowed on me,” Taylor said. “And Western Horseman magazine. You know as one gets older, you start thinking about a lot of things. And one thing is you’ve got to live life. Never quit, never give up. If I would’ve quit or given up, I would have missed out on this.
“And what a great place to receive this award, Red Steagall’s Cowboy Gathering, an event that loves our Western heritage, those who work for ranches and own them, and the cowboys. The cowboy way of living is something that I’ve embraced all my life. And I especially like the values that lead them. That is faith, family, friends, hard work and freedom.”
Taylor was presented the award for his lifelong contribution to promoting cowboy values and the Western lifestyle as a Western actor, artist and horseman. He was featured in the June 2019 issue of Western Horseman. The avid team roper is well known for his watercolor paintings, several of which have been used as the official poster for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. However, Taylor is more widely recognized for his acting roles in movies such as Hell or High Water and Tombstone, as well as a member of the cast of the popular television series Gunsmoke.
There representing Western Horseman, Tyler Morris, vice president of Morris Communications, and Butch Morgan, the magazine’s ambassador at large, presented the award to Taylor.
Instituted in 2005, the Western Horseman Award recognizes outstanding individuals who have made significant contributions to the stock horse industry. In selecting candidates for the award, Western Horseman looks for men and women who embody values the publication embraces: Western horsemanship, cowboy authenticity, ethics, a commitment to education and sharing knowledge, and having passion for the Western way of life.