Rodeo legend honored during the Red Steagall Cowboy Gathering.

Larry MahanVice President for Cowboy Publishing Tyler Morris (right) presents the Western Horseman Award to Larry Mahan, who was joined by his wife, Julanne. Also on hand was Western Horseman Ambassador at Large Butch Morgan (left) and his wife, Charlene, who created the special bronze given to Mahan. Photo by Walter Workman.

Larry Mahan accepted the Western Horseman Award for 2014 during the Red Steagall Cowboy Gathering, held October 24–26 in Fort Worth, Texas. Mahan’s selection for the award was announced in a feature article in the August 2014 issue of Western Horseman.

Mahan’s skills in bull, bareback and saddle bronc riding helped him win six all-around titles in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association between 1966 and 1973. He also won two world championships in bull riding. His prolific career in rodeo also introduced the sport to a broader American audience. Since his retirement, Mahan has been a proponent of sound horsemanship methods and has supported numerous Western- and youth-based charities.

Larry MahanRed Steagall and Larry Mahan. Photo by Walter Workman.

“I feel strongly that we’re all here to make a contribution,” Mahan said in the article. “I’ve been blessed to be able to live my passion. And it’s important that we give something back.”

Each year, the Western Horseman Award is given to an outstanding individual who has made significant contributions to the Western stock horse industry and who embodies values the magazine embraces: impeccable Western horsemanship; a commitment to education, authenticity and ethics; and a passion for the Western way of life.

The Red Steagall Cowboy Gathering served as an ideal venue for presenting the award. The annual event celebrates ranch life and Western traditions with cowboy music and poetry, chuckwagon cook-offs, a trade show, and a ranch rodeo featuring 15 authentic Texas cattle operations.

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