Second Annual Vaquero Media Awards Announced

For the second year, the National Reining Horse Association and the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum have teamed up for special media awards to be presented during the NRHA Futurity November 29 - December 7.

The NRHA National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum Vaquero Media Awards were created in 2001 by NRHA Media Coordinator Cheryl Magoteaux and Lycrecia Cunningham, Public Relations Coordinator for the Museum. The awards recognize those who have contributed substantially to the reining world through the media.

The 2002 Vaquero Media Publication award goes to The American Paint Horse Journal. "In recent years, Paints have come to the forefront of the reining world. Editor Darrell Dodds and his staff have done a tremendous job of covering and profiling reining worldwide in the past year and we're proud to recognize them," stated Magoteaux.

In the electronic category, the Vaquero Media Award winner is America’s Horse, the American Quarter Horse Association’s television program. Aired weekly on Outdoor Life Network, America’s Horse has prominently featured reining in a large percentage of its programs. Magoteaux commented, “The excellent coverage that America’s Horse has provided has helped present the sport of reining to a world-wide audience.”

The Individual Editorial award goes to Katie Tims of Cleveland, Mississippi. "As a freelancer, and now as Editor-At-Large for Quarter Horse News, Katie has done a tremendous job of writing about the world of reining, its events, horses and personalities. Hers is a familiar presence in the reining media world – and her knowledge of the discipline and appreciation of the industry make her a worthy recipient of this award."

In the "Behind The Scenes" category, the Vaquero Media award goes to the staff of Ride with Bob Avila. "Ride with Bob Avila has grown to provide news of major reining events, while serving as a learning venue and consumer forum for reiners," Magoteaux said.

Award recipients, who were chosen by a special committee, receive a National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum commissioned Bristol pewter reproduction of Charles Russell's "Bronco Twister" during the National Reining Horse Association Gathering of Legends reception held on Friday, December 6, at noon. The Open and Non Pro Freestyle Champions will each receive one of the distinctive pewters during NRHA Futurity week, as well.

Through the cooperative efforts of the NRHA and the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, this year's futurity attendees get maximum use from their futurity tickets and badges, as they will qualify their carrier for a 10% discount at the Museum Store. 4-H and FFA Youth attending the event will receive complimentary tickets to the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, as well.

The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, originally named the National Cowboy Hall of Fame, is one of the most unique museums in the world, dedicated to the history and art of the American West. A variety of galleries and exhibits represent a huge range of western art and memorabilia, and special exhibits feature outstanding western individuals from rodeo stars to Hollywood actors. The museum regularly attracts a national audience glitzy galas like the Western Heritage Awards and Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition and Sale, as well as special events like the Chuck Wagon Gathering and National Children's Cowboy Festival.

The National Reining Horse Association, headquartered in Oklahoma City, is the governing body of the sport of reining, with over 11,000 members. The organization approves nearly 400 events worldwide and distributes over $5 million in prize money each year.