The popular Western entertainer earns our top honor.
Red Steagall was presented the Western Horseman Award on Friday, January 12, 2018, during Ranching Heritage Weekend at the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo.
Steagall, a cowboy poet, songwriter and Western entertainer, is well known in Fort Worth for his annual Red Steagall Cowboy Gathering & Western Swing Festival. He gained worldwide fame as a chart-topping songwriter and performer of country music in the 1970s and 1980s. His biggest musical hit was “Lone Star Beer and Bob Wills Music,” released in 1976. Another of Steagall’s claims to fame is the discovery of country superstar Reba McEntire, whom he signed to Mercury Records in 1976.
In the mid-1980s, his focus shifted to cowboy poetry and music that celebrates ranch life, Western heritage and cowboy values. Today, Steagall has both a radio program, Cowboy Corner, which is carried by 155 stations in 35 states; and a television show, Somewhere West of Wall Street, which airs on RFD-TV. He also continues to perform, and during 2017 averaged three musical gigs every month.
The Red Steagall Cowboy Gathering celebrates cowboy culture and has awarded nearly $1 million in scholarships to youth from agricultural backgrounds. It attracts thousands of visitors each October to the historic Fort Worth Stockyards.
Fort Worth-based Western Horseman, established in 1936, is the world’s leading publication for stock horse enthusiasts. The Western Horseman Award was initiated in 2005 to recognize outstanding individuals who exemplify impeccable Western horsemanship; a commitment to education, authenticity and ethics; and a passion for the Western way of life.