There are numerous special presentations that are part of the National Cowboy Symposium and Celebration. Just click on your area of interest to the left. These include:
Music Luncheon – a fun luncheon with traditional and nostalgic music from days past – music by Prairie Moon, Wichita Falls, TX
TUB TALK – Washtub Workshop
Horse Training sessions by Casey Sisk. Casey is a professional horse trainer and has been training horses for 15 years. He is a six-time Turquoise Circuit Finalist Saddle Bronc Rider, a two-time Turquoise Circuit Finalist Steer Roper, a National Circuit Finals Steer Roping Qualifier and the 2013 PRCA Turquoise Circuit Finals Steer Roping Average Winner. He specializes in training roping and ranch horses. He believes in soft hands, miles and wet saddle blankets. Sisk was raised on a ranch in central New Mexico and now lives in Sudan, Texas with his wife Jill and their two children Gentry and Liddy.
Bill O’Neal, State Historian of Texas, will present a program on “John Chisum, Frontier Cattle King,” based on his new book of the same title. Chisum was a legendary figure of the Old West cattle frontier. During the 1850s the young Texan recognized opportunity in the fledgling range cattle industry, and within a few years his herds numbered in the tens of thousands. Chisum soon owned more cattle than any other individual in America. and his Jinglebob herds were the only cattle in the West known by an earmark rather than by a famous brand. Chisum was a true pioneer, seeking open range grass farther and farther to the west. During three decades on a succession of frontier ranches, Chisum endured Indian raids, stock thievery, drought, financial reverses, and the murderous Lincoln County War. His last ranch was the biggest, stretching for 200 miles along the Pecos River and grazing as many as 80,000 head of Jinglebob cattle. He built a headquarters complex worthy of a cattle king, relishing the role of host to one and all. After thirty spectacular years, Chisum died at sixty, just as his beloved open range was being enclosed by barbed wire. But he was known throughout cow country as the “Jinglebob King,” the “Cattle King of the Pecos,” and the “Cattle King of the West.”
“The Legends of Texas” group was founded in 1981 in Fort Worth, Texas with the goal of preserving the rich Western heritage which Texas and surrounding states have inherited from the hard work and determination of our forefathers. They are dedicated to the conservation and preservation of that history between 1835 and the early 1900’s – the true western days of our country. www.thelegendsoftexas.com
You can catch the “Legends” gun fights during the National Cowboy Symposium & Celebration, on Friday and Saturday of the event.