• Kevin Costner Among Notable Honorees Appearing at National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum’s 2019 Western Heritage Awards®

      Annual ceremony recognizing outstanding contributions to Western culture will also honor Michael Martin Murphey, Howard Keel and Clark McEntire. OKLAHOMA CITY — The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum will host the 59th annual Western Heritage Awards, April 12 – 13, 2019, in celebration of creative works in literature, music, film and television that reflect the significant… [Continue Reading]

      Kevin Costner Among Notable Honorees Appearing at National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum’s 2019 Western Heritage Awards®
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      Espresso Granita   
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Kevin Costner Among Notable Honorees Appearing at National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum’s 2019 Western Heritage Awards®

Annual ceremony recognizing outstanding contributions to Western culture will also honor Michael Martin Murphey, Howard Keel and Clark McEntire.

OKLAHOMA CITY — The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum will host the 59th annual Western Heritage Awards, April 12 – 13, 2019, in celebration of creative works in literature, music, film and television that reflect the significant stories of the Western genre. The Western Heritage Awards also celebrate the induction of individuals into the Museum’s esteemed halls of fame.

This year, legendary Hollywood actor Kevin Costner will be inducted into the Hall of Great Western Performers along with notable musical and screen performer Howard Keel (1919 – 2004). Inductees into the Hall of Great Westerners for 2019 are Clark McEntire (1927 – 2014), three-time world champion steer roper and father of country music icon Reba McEntire, and George McJunkin (1851 – 1922), a cowboy and former slave who discovered the first Folsom archaeological site.

The 2019 Western Heritage Awards will also recognize Dave Stamey, cowboy entertainer and musician, with the Chester A. Reynolds Memorial Award. Named in honor of the Museum’s founder, this award is bestowed on a living honoree who has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to Western values and ideals. Singer and songwriter Michael Martin Murphey will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his nearly 50 years producing celebrated Western music. 

“As the preeminent recognition of quality in Western-themed works for nearly 60 years, the Western Heritage Awards celebrates and encourages the creation of Western literature, music and film with true merit,” said Museum President & CEO Natalie Shirley. “We are excited to once again honor a group of creative individuals who hold steadfast to Western ideals while creating new and groundbreaking works.”

Each award winner and inductee receives a Wrangler, an impressive bronze sculpture of a cowboy on horseback created by Oklahoma artist Harold T. Holden, a 2017 Hall of Great Westerners inductee.

The Western Heritage Awards festivities begin Friday, April 12 at 11:00 a.m. with a workshop featuring Emmy-winning makeup artist Michael F. Blake that is free to the public with Museum admission. This is followed by a cocktail reception at 5:30 p.m. and an autograph session with honorees at 6:00 p.m.

On Saturday, April 13 at 11:00 a.m. is the Western Heritage Awards Panel Discussion, which is also free to the public with Museum admission. The Western Heritage Awards Cocktail Hour begins at 5:00 p.m., followed by dinner service and the awards ceremony at 6:00 p.m. Reservations are required for all evening events, with discounts available to Museum members. For additional information or to make reservations visit nationalcowboymuseum.org/westernheritage or contact Kaylia McCracken, Events Coordinator, at (405) 478-2250 ext. 218.

Western Heritage Award sponsors to date include, Promoting Sponsors: The Chickasaw Nation, Compellier, IBC Bank and JE Dunn; Inductee Sponsors: Linda M. Davis, Mr. and Mrs. Mike Ingram, Mr. Brent Cummings, Mrs. Howard Keel, Robert A. Funk and Express Ranches and Wyatt and Lisa McCrea; Museum Partners: Devon Energy Corp. and E.L. and Thelma Gaylord Foundation; and Community Sponsors: Allied Arts, Arvest Bank, Continental Resources, OG&E, Oklahoma City Convention and Visitors Bureau and MassMutual Oklahoma. Sponsorship opportunities remain available; for more information visit nationalcowboymuseum.org/westernheritage or contact Trent Riley, Membership Manager, at triley@nationalcowboymuseum.org or (405) 478-2250 ext. 251.

The full list of 2019 inductees and honorees includes:

Hall of Great Western Performers Inductees:

• Kevin Costner

• Howard Keel (1919 – 2014)

Hall of Great Westerners Inductees:

• Clark McEntire (1927 – 2004)

• George McJunkin (1851 – 1922)

Chester A. Reynolds Award Recipient: Dave Stamey

Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient: Michael Martin Murphey

Literary Awards

• Western Novel: The Hunger by Alma Katsu, published by G.P. Putnam’s Sons

• Nonfiction Book: The Woolly West: Colorado’s Hidden History of Sheepscapes by Andrew Gulliford, published by Texas A&M University Press

• Art/Photography Book: Living Beneath the Colorado Peaks – The Story of Knapp Ranch, by Betsy Knapp, Bud Knapp and Sarah Chase Shaw, illustrated by Todd Winslow Pierce, published by Knapp Press

• Juvenile Book: Hardscrabble by Sandra Dallas, published by Sleeping Bear Press

• Magazine Article: “Long Live the King,” Western Horseman, by Christine Hamilton, Ross Hecox and Susan Morrison, published by Ernie King

• Poetry Book: Landscapes, with Horses by Mark Sanders, illustrated by Charles D. Jones, published by Stephen F. Austin State University Press

Music Awards

• Original Western Composition: “Frontier Symphony,” recording artists Jeff Lippencott with the 46onier Festival Orchestra, composed by Jeff Lippencott

• Traditional Western Album: Sunset on the Rio Grande Revisited, recording artist Syd Masters

• New Horizon: “I’ll Ride Thru It,” recording artist Deanna McCall, produced by Randy Huston and Jim Jones

Film & Television Awards

• Fictional Drama: “A Monster is Among Us”, Yellowstone, S1, E7, starring Kevin Costner, directed and written by Taylor Sheridan, produced by Paramount Network

• Western Lifestyle Program: Red Steagall is Somewhere West of Wall Street, starring Red Steagall, produced by West of Wall Street Film Company

• Theatrical Motion Picture: Ballad of Buster Scruggs starring Tim Blake Nelson, directed and written by Ethan and Joel Coen, produced by Netflix

• Documentary: UmoNhoN Iye The Omaha Speaking, directed and written by Brigitte Timmerman, produced by Range Films, LLC

About the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum

The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City is America’s premier institution of Western history, art and culture. Founded in 1955, the Museum collects, preserves and exhibits an internationally renowned collection of Western art and artifacts while sponsoring dynamic educational programs to stimulate interest in the enduring legacy of the American West. For more information, visit nationalcowboymuseum.org.

Espresso Granita 

Photo by Twisted Tree Photography.

BY CHEF MIKE EDGAR

Host a fabulous New Year’s Eve gathering this year, with this special dessert made just for congregating. Granita is a coarse, Italian-style flavored ice. Topped with an espresso pudding-like layer and served with Beignets for dipping, this is one dish your guests won’t be able to stay away from as you ring in 2019!

Photo by Twisted Tree Photography.

GRANITA

½ cup sugar

2 cups brewed espresso

Add sugar to hot espresso and stir until dissolved.

When espresso has cooled, place in a 9 x 13″ Pyrex baking dish and put in the freezer. Let sit in freezer until ice crystals start to form (approximately 45 minutes.) Remove from the freezer. Using a fork, stir the ice crystals from the edges of the dish to the center. Return to freezer. Repeat every 30 minutes until the liquid has frozen into a nice soft crystal (approximately 2 hours). Store in freezer until it is time to serve.

Photo by Twisted Tree Photography.

ESPRESSO SYRUP

2 cups Sugar

2 cups Brewed Espresso

Combine ingredients in a sauce pan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and let simmer for 25 minutes until the liquid comes to a syrup consistency.

Photo by Twisted Tree Photography.

AMARETTO ZABAGLIONE

This part of the dessert is made just before serving the dish.

6 Egg Yolks

1/3 cup Amaretto

3 tablespoons Sugar

Combine ingredients in a stainless steel bowl and whisk over over simmering water vigorously until thickened (about five minutes total.) When thickened, place over an ice bath and whisk. You need to cool it down before you finish the dessert. Whisk over ice bath for 2 to 3 minutes.

Photo by Twisted Tree Photography.

BEIGNETS

2 ¼ teaspoon Active Dry yeast

1 ½ half cups Warm Water

½ cup Sugar

1 teaspoon Salt

2 Eggs

1 cup Evaporated Milk

7 cups All Purpose Flour

¼ cup Shortening

¼ cup Confectioners Sugar

In a large bowl dissolve yeast in warm water. Add sugar, salt, eggs and milk and blend well. Mix in 4 cups of flour and beat until smooth and then the remaining 3 cups of flour. Cover and chill up to 24 hours. Roll dough out to 1/8 inch thick and cut into 2 ½ inch squares, fry in 360 degree Fahrenheit oil. Drain on to paper towel. Sprinkle with confectioners sugar while hot.

To make the dish:

Fill a rocks glass half-way up with Granita. Place in freezer until Zabaglione is ready. Drizzle espresso syrup over the Granita then fill the glass with the cooled Zabaglione. Place on a plate next to the Beignets for dipping. Serve with a spoon and enjoy.  

Photo by Twisted Tree Photography.

Make Plans for the 2019 Saskatchewan Equine Expo

The Saskatchewan Equine Expo includes thrilling equine demonstrations, like mounted shooting.

The 8th Annual Saskatchewan Equine Expo takes place February 14-17, 2019 at Prairieland Park in Saskatoon, SK. The event is produced by Prairieland Park Agriculture department in partnership with volunteers from Saskatchewan Horse Federation, the Western College of Veterinary Medicine and various equine breed groups.

The event presents equine related lectures, presentations, demonstrations, entertainment and a full industry-related trade show. As a participant or spectator, you can experience the newest equine products, techniques and technology.

In 2019 enjoy a feature demonstration from Jonathan Field, a world renowned horseman and clinician. Field has been featured on national TV, in major equine publications, has authored a book titled ‘The Art of Liberty’ and was the recipient of the Jack Brainard Horsemanship award for overall horsemanship during the International colt starting competition “Road to the Horse”. 

The NAERIC Trainer’s Challenge also returns this year with trainers, Scott Todd, Jason Irwin and Amos Abrahamson vying for top honours in the colt starting.

Other fun activities for the equine enthusiast include the Equine Extravaganza, Off-Track Thoroughbred Challenge and trade show.

The NAERIC Trainer’s Challenge is an exciting colt starting competition with three top trainers from across Canada.

Tickets are on sale now and the show includes the extravaganza, tradeshow, demonstrations and clinics and can be found here: http://saskatchewanequineexpo.com/

A schedule of events can be found here: http://www.saskatchewanequineexpo.ca/events/

Within the Saskatchewan horse industry a need exists for a quality event that will showcase the newest technological advances, the latest developments in equine health, and a demonstration of horsemanship excellence that is equally entertaining and educational.

Saskatchewan Equine Expo will celebrate the diversity of the equine industry with the live demonstrations, breeds on display, and events featuring outstanding horsemen and women on February 14-17, 2019, Make plans to be there!

www.saskatchewanequineexpo.com

The Off-Track Thoroughbred Challenge takes an English twist on the predominately western-dominated colt starting challenges.

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Courtesy of the Canadian Professional Rodeo Association While several of the Canadian storylines were exciting at the 60th annual Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, none was more so then the one featuring first-time qualifier, Carman Pozzobon. The British Columbia cowgirl, riding her talented mare Ripp, (Ripn Lady), posted her fastest time of the week, a 13.68 […]

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Canadians Go Six For Six On Canada Night

Courtesy of the Canadian Professional Rodeo Association Every year on Canada Night (Round 8 of the WNFR), Canadian flags are an even bigger part of the action than they are during the other nine performances.  And, with all six Canadian competitors getting to the pay window, Canadian fans were on top of the rodeo world. […]

[Continue reading…]

The Tahoe Verona

Are you still looking for the perfect gift for the horseman or woman in your life? The new ‘Tahoe’ shank from Tom Balding finds inspiration in the Vaquero style that is part of California’s history. This beautifully crafted bit features a Tahoe© shank in a stainless finish with antiqued silver engraved plates and dots. This […]

[Continue reading…]

Holiday Giving – For Her

  Stuck on the perfect gift idea for her? In this four-part blog series, Western Horse Review has rounded up several of our favorite tidings of joy. This is Christmas shopping made easy! You’re welcome. By Louisa Murch White & Jenn Webster   POP SOCKETS – Never drop your phone again with these sweet handcrafted, […]

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DOC WEST – Steel Dusts

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 A. There was a time where the horses that we call today, Quarter Horses, were known simply […]

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