2006 Dean Smith Celebrity Rodeo - Expo Center of Taylor County - Abilene, Texas - A Tribute to the Singing Cowboys

2006 Dean Smith Celebrity Rodeo

Expo Center of Taylor County - Abilene, Texas

October 19-21, 2006



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Special Guests


Darrell Arnold

Darrell Arnold

Darrell Arnold is the publisher and editor and editor of the award-winning quarterly, Cowboy Magazine (est. 1990). Prior to that he was associate editor of Western Horseman for five years and feature editor of The Texas Longhorn Journal for one year. Arnold was awarded the American Cowboy Culture Award for Western Writing and Publishing in 1998, and won the Songwriter of the Year Award ("Sing One For The Cowboy") from the Western Music Association in 2001. Arnold has written one book of short cowboy stories, and written and photographed two books about western ranching, one of which was published in Germany. Arnold has also written eight movie scripts, two of which have been optioned.


Mike Bailey

Mike Bailey

Mike Bailey is the Assistant Chief of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. He has dedicated his life to supporting education. As a former educator, he understands the importance of a quality education and the necessary sacrifices it takes to overcome life’s hurdles to achieve your goals. He strongly supports all educational activities especially those involving Choctaw youth.


Cheryl Rogers-Barnett

Cheryl Rogers Barnett

Cheryl Rogers-Barnett is the adopted daughter of Roy Rogers and his first wife, Arline, who died of complications following childbirth when Cheryl was six years old. While on a personal appearance tour in Texas, Roy stopped off in Dallas and visited the babies at Hope Cottage. As Roy told it, all the babies in the nursery would cry when he leaned over their cribs and tickled them under the chin. All, that is, except Cheryl, who grasped his finger, smiled and cooed. He said it was love at first sight and he couldn't wait to take her home to Arline. Today, Cheryl keeps busy promoting her recently released book, Cowboy Princess: Life with my parents, Roy Rogers and Dale Evans. She serves on the Executive Committee of the Golden Boot Awards benefiting the Motion Picture and Television Foundation, and is on the Advisory Board of the Western Music Association.


Ed & Vicki Bass

Ed & Vicki Bass

Ed and Vicki Bass are avid ranchers who are particularly concerned with Fort Worth's heritage as a cultural center of the Texas cattle industry. Vicki is a director of the National Cowgirl Hall of Fame and Museum and has been involved with cutting horses since 1982. Ed is chairman of the Southwestern Exposition and Livestock Show, a major 17-day cultural event in Fort Worth. Over the past decade, Mr. Bass has led his family's efforts in what is now recognized as one of the most successful urban revitalization achievements in the United States. The capstone of those efforts was the 1998 completion of the Nancy Lee & Perry R. Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth.


Shelly Burmeister - Mowery

Shelly Burmeister - Mowery

An inductee of the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame, seen weekly by millions on Fox Sports "Mesquite Championship Rodeo" and various Cutting Horse Broadcast events, Shelly is recognized as one of the top Equine Sports Broadcaster.

An avid cutting horse competitor Shelly Burmeister-Mowery was the 2001 NCHA Celebrity Cutting Champion teamed up with Clay Walker. Shelly and her husband, Rick Mowery, own and operate a Cutting Horse Ranch in Weatherford, Texas.


Chick Bishop

Chick Bishop

Chick Bishop is the Chairman of the Cowboy Cancer Crusade, CEO of West Quest which promotes Western Historical Activities. He is also a History professor.


Jim & Mary Brown

Jim & Mary Brown

Staged every spring since 1991, Mary Brown's Bison Communities National Festival of the West has become one of the nation's top events.

So how did this modest woman wind up holding the reins to one of the largest Western festivals in the United States and the world? "It hasn't been easy. Like any 'baby' it has its growing pains," admits Mary. "And the bigger it gets, the more complicated it becomes. But it's always fun and exciting, I love it!"

The Festival is a celebration of all things Western and includes Western music, a Western film festival, appearances by tv/film celebrities, cowboy poetry,and much more.

Festival of the West Website


Caruth Byrd

Caruth Byrd

It was Caruth Byrd along with the legendary Pat Buttram that formed what many believe to be one of the finest and most meaningful award shows of them all "THE GOLDEN BOOT AWARDS", those that have received this award are not just people who have kissed the right (Boots ?) to get where the "Stars" hang out, they are the "STARS" in capital letters. From California to Florida and Texas in between, Caruth Byrd has given of his time and money to produce movies and concerts involving some of the worlds most famous entertainers, movies like "Sudden Death" starring Robert Conrad, "Santee" starring Glenn Ford, and concerts with Tammy Wynette, BJ Thomas, Eddie Rabbit, Tanya Tucker, funny man Jim Stafford, and again a list of country stars two pages long.


Roydon Clark

Roydon Clark

In 1942 Roy spent his summers around the famous Hudkins Ranch, right across the street from Warner Bros. Hudkins provided livestock and wagons for the studios, and Roy started making $25.00 a week pitching hay, and taking care of the horses on the ranch. He eventually started cowboying in front of the camera at Republic Studios.

In 1957 when James Garner did Maverick, Roydon became Garner's stunt double, and has been with him all these years. Doing shows like Hour of the Gun, The Skin Game, Support Your Local Sheriff, Duel at Diablo, Streets of Laredo, and the Rockford Files. One of the greatest memories for Clark was the 17 years he worked at Warner Bros. Studios. It was a time when Westerns on TV were at their highest. Shows like Gunsmoke, Lawman, Bonanza, The Lone Ranger, Zorro, Colt 45, Sugarfoot and Cheyenne. Yes, those were the days. Over the years, he went from Extra to Stuntman, to Stunt Coordination, to Second Unit Director.


Al Denmon

Al Denmon

Al Denmon lives in Kerrville, Texas. He takes his Wells Fargo stage coach to different events. He'll be in Abilene at the Dean Smith Celebrity Rodeo to transport Dale Robertson and others in the Grand Entry.


Brantley Foster

Brantley Foster

Brantley Foster is a Sargent retired from the Texas Rangers.


Bob Funk

Bob Funk

Robert A. Funk founded Express Personnel Services in Oklahoma City in 1983 with limited capital and an opportunity to take over a few bankrupt offices from his former employer, Acme Personnel, of Seattle, Washington. Twenty-two years later, Funk presides as CEO over a worldwide, billion-dollar company with over 560 offices in four countries. Today, Robert Funk’s name is not only identified with the staffing industry, it is known in an ever-widening circle of interests, including the Angus and Limousin cattle business, professional rodeo, and the Clydesdale draft horses on parade across the U.S. and Canada.

And, as owner of the Oklahoma City Blazers and majority owner of the Oklahoma Redhawks, Funk’s name has now spread to the world of professional sports.

Winner of many awards and distinctions himself, Funk is still the same down-to-earth person who has generously shared his time and funds with the community and worked tirelessly to promote Oklahoma City, including his current post as Chairman of the Kansas City branch of the Federal Reserve Board.



Lynda Haller

Lynda Haller

Director of Public Relations/Museum Events - National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum.


Jeff Hildebrandt

Jeff Hildebrandt

This former Country Music DJ, Fireman, Emergency Medical Technician and TV producer is currently the manager of the Westerns Movie Channel. While he's "Nadacowboy," he is an award winning Western humorist with a message.


Peter & Julianna Hawn Holt

Peter & Julianna Hawn Holt

Julianna and Peter are parents, ranchers, owners of the largest Caterpillar dealership in the country, as well as of the San Antonio Spurs basketball team. Ranching is in their blood and the Holts have hosted a number of cutting horse events at their Cross Triangle Ranch north of San Antonio. The events have been tributes to their friend, Hall of Fame cowgirl, Fern Sawyer. They support the National Cowgirl Hall of Fame and are delighted to help Dean Smith in the fight against cancer.


Robert Hoy

Robert Hoy

Robert Hoy - Actor, Stuntman, and Director. He appeared as Joe on The High Chaparral, he has doubled for Charles Bronson, Tony Curtis, Robert Forrester, Richard Long, Jay Silverheels, and many more. His acting roles include The Outlaw Josey Wales, Lone Ranger, Gambler II, Bronco Billy and TV shows such as Wanted Dead or Alive, Walker Texas Ranger, Magnum P.I., The Young Riders and others. He is also a founding member of the Stuntmens Association, Academy of Motion Pictures, Arts and Sciences, Directors Guild of America, and the Screen Actors Guild.

Bob Hoy Website


Judy Keel

Judy Keel

Judy, Howard Keel's widow, is on a book tour with Howard's authorized biography, Only Make Believe, a musical CD, and hundreds of autographed photos. The book recently won the Hollywood Book Festival and the IRWIN awards as Best Non-Fiction of 2006. In addition, Judy recently accepted the American Cowboy Cultural Award for Howard at the National Lubbock Cowboy Symposium & Celebration. Howard died in November 2004 from cancer. Get tested today! It's the best gift you can give yourself.


Elmer Kelton

Elmer Kelton

Author of 45 novels, published over 50 years. Latest include SIX BITS A DAY, JERICHO’S ROAD, TEXAS VENDETTA, RANGER’S TRAIL,THE WAY OF THE COYOTE, BADGER BOY, THE BUCKSKIN LINE,THE SMILING COUNTRY, CLOUDY IN THE WEST, THE PUMPKIN ROLLERS.

Three of his novels have appeared in Reader's Digest Condensed Books. Four books have won the Western Heritage Award from the National Cowboy Hall of Fame, Oklahoma City: THE TIME IT NEVER RAINED, THE GOOD OLD BOYS, THE MAN WHO RODE MIDNIGHT, and the text for THE ART OF HOWARD TERPNING. Seven have won the Spur award from Western Writers of America: BUFFALO WAGONS, THE DAY THE COWBOYS QUIT, THE TIME IT NEVER RAINED, EYES OF THE HAWK, SLAUGHTER, THE FAR CANYON, and THE WAY OF THE COYOTE.

He is a native of Crane, Texas, where his father, the late R. W. "Buck" Kelton, was with the McElroy Ranch Co. 36 years. After graduation from Crane High School he attended the University of Texas at Austin in 1942-44 and 1946-48, earning a B.A. degree in journalism. He spent 15 years as farm and ranch writer-editor for the San Angelo Standard-Times, five years as editor of Sheep and Goat Raiser Magazine and 22 years as associate editor of Livestock Weekly, from which he retired in 1990.

He served two years in the U. S. Army, 1944-46, including combat infantry service in Europe. He and his wife Ann, a native of Austria, have celebrated their 59th wedding anniversary. They have two grown sons, a daughter, four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

THE GOOD OLD BOYS was made into a 1995 TV movie starring Tommy Lee Jones for the TNT cable network.

Elmer Kelton Website


Bill Latham

Bill Latham

Bill lives on his ranch in Waco, Texas where he and his beautiful wife, Linda, are raising their 10 year old grandson. He is a High School and College Champion, Gold Card member of the PRCA and still competes in the National Seniors. Bill is a Builder and Developer, and Insurance Executive, and owner of one of the largest horse farms in Texas.

All of this is minute compared to his latest accomplishment - in April 2003, he was diagnosed with stage four terminal colon cancer and given six months to live. With extensive chemotherapy, a great will to live and the help of his doctor, in 2004 he is cancer free and back roping and running his ranch.

Bill sends a special thanks to Dr. Joe Kuhn of Baylor Medical Center in Dallas, Texas.


Leroy Littlefield

Leroy Littlefield

One of the oldest supporters of the Ben Johnson Celebrity Events form Houston, Texas.


Phil Livingston

Phil Livingston

Writer on horses and western history for over 40 years with well over 500 free-lance magazine articles in the majority of such publications as The Western Horseman, Quarter Horse Journal, Appaloosa News, Paint Horse Journal, Hooves and Horns, True West and many others. During his career he has served as Horse Editor for the Western Livestock Journal and Editor for the Paint Horse Journal as well as writing a regular magazine column. Professionally, Livingston has worked in advertising, publications and marketing. In his spare time Livingston has also been a working cowboy, horseman and rodeo hand since high school days, competing in calf and team roping, and still continues to rope. The later experience has given him a rich background to write about.


Wyatt McCrea

Wyatt McCrea

The oldest grandchild of the late actor Joel McCrea and his actress wife Frances Dee, Wyatt has spent the bulk of his professional career in real estate and financial services industries. He has had fun with a few small roles as an extra in both big screen and television productions. In recent years he has enjoyed spending as much time as possible participating in various film festivals and giving presentations in an ongoing effort to preserve the history of his film making grandparents. Wyatt is an Associate Board member for the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum and on the Executive Committee of the Golden Boot Awards. He and his lovely wife, Lisa, live on his grandfather's old ranch in Thousand Oaks, California.


Bob Macy

Bob Macy

For 18 years Bob Macy served as the Oklahoma County, Oklahoma District Attorney. The Nation's leading death penalty prosecutor, Bob personally convicted over sixty murderers and sent 52 of them to death row. A former police officer, he was frequently at the scene of multiple homicides or officer involved shootings and was one of the first persons into the Edmond, Oklahoma Post Office following the 1986 massacre. Immediately following the April 19, 1995 bombing of the Murrah Federal Building, Bob spent four days and nights at the bomb site assisting in the rescue efforts. Past president of the National District Attorney's Association, and well known in our nation's Capitol, he was described by former United States Attorney General Janet Reno as "one of the outstanding prosecutors in the country." Macy is currently enjoying his retirement years.


John W. Mecom

John W. Mecom

Mr. Mecom has been involved in the purchase, management and sale of business interests in a variety of industries. He has owned and managed over 500,000 acres of surface and mineral interests throughout the U.S. He has been involved in the purchase, renovation, management and sale of luxury hotels in the U.S., Peru and Mexico. He purchased the New Orleans Saints NFL team in 1967 and sold his interest in 1985. He is currently Chairman of the John W. Mecom Company, principal owner of John Gardiner's Tennis Ranch and Chairman of the Board and principal owner of Rhino Pak (a contract blender and packer for the petroleum industry).


Melinda Wayne Munoz

Melinda Wayne Munoz

John Wayne's daughter.


Anita La Cava Swift

Anita La Cava Swift

Anita La Cava Swift is the oldest of John Wayne’s twenty three grandchildren. Her mother, Mary Antonia ”Toni” La Cava, lost her brave battle against cancer in 2001. Anita and her husband Tim Swift, an attorney, are both very active in their children’s schools, their community, and both serve on the board of directors of several organizations.

Anita has served on the John Wayne Cancer Auxiliary Board of the John Wayne Cancer Institute since the death of her mother. She is the Vice-president of Fundraising, and is the co-chairman of the auxiliary’s largest fundraiser, The Odyssey Ball. Anita is committed to raising funds for the ground breaking and life saving research of the fine doctors and scientists at the John Wayne Cancer Institute. She thanks all of you for supporting the vision of her Grandfather and her entire family - the eradication of Cancer.


Ethan Wayne

Ethan Wayne

Ethan co-starred with his father, John Wayne, as Little Jake McCandles in the movie, Big Jake. He has also appeared in The New Adam 12 as Officer Matt Doyle, The Bold and the Beautiful, Suddenly Susan, The Me Nobody Nose, Night Rider, Speed Demons, Jesse Hawkes, and The Centurians. Ethan is a General Partner in Wayne Enterprises and a Director of The John Wayne Foundation.


Marisa Wayne

Marisa Wayne

Marisa is the youngest, most charming and best looking of John Wayne’s seven children. She repeatedly turns down numerous offers from Hollywood to star in major motion pictures and television series so that she can sell real estate and be a mom to her young daughter.


Ted White

Ted White

Ted White attended the University of Oklahoma where he played football and boxed. At 6'4" he was well equipped to go into thee stunt business. He entered the Motion Picture business as a professional stuntman in 1957. During his 50 year career he doubled some of the biggest stars, including John Wayne, Clark Gable, Rock Hudson and many others. He has worked on hundreds of films and television shows including The Alamo, Rio Bravo, Silverado, Conagher and most recently The Fast and The Furious Tokyo Drift.


Rob Word

Rob Word

As one of the founding fathers of the Golden Boot Awards, Rob Word's love of westerns has proven to be a passion that cannot be contained. He has built a successful career with 25 years of experience in the entertainment business. His resume includes producer, writer, director, programmer, network executive, movie host and artist. Word has held senior management positions at Pax TV, Orion, ITC, Qintex, Hal Roach Studios, Filmways, CST Entertainment and as a senior producer and programming consultant for Columbia TriStar, Lionsgate, MGM-UA, and Starz/Encore Media. Currently Sr Vice President of Insight Films in Vancouver, British Columbia, Rob has helped the company grow over the past two years to become one of the most prolific movie and television suppliers in Canada. For 2006, Insight will produce 28 TV movies, 2 scripted action series, 2 reality series and 8 theatrical features. Unfortunately, none of them are westerns! He has been honored with a Golden Boot Award, a plaque at the Lone Pine Film Festival and emceed or participated in dozens of panels at film festivals across the country. Word is happily married to Hollywood business manager Laura Lizer Word. Together they work on various charity events and raise their 9 year old buckaroo, Robby, the "cowboy way."


Jack Williams

Jack Williams

From the beginning, action was the grit that gave crunch to the Western. When the camera rolled, the chase began. Men were shot, horses fell, wagons wrecked. Only the shout of "CUT!" stopped the mayhem. When the dust cleared, they all got up and did it again. How to do these things and survive was a process worked out along the way.

Jack Williams learned from his father, George, how to make a horse fall on cue without injury and without using wires or pits. Before long he was helping pay for his education by doing stunts. For a quarter-century he made his mark on westerns specializing in the horse fall. He stunted for most directors whom we consider to be the icons of the golden age.


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