Rodeo Trailblazers

Razzle dazzle rodeo luncheon continues with rocking after-party that just won't stop

Razzle dazzle rodeo luncheon features fun after-party that won't stop

5 Donna Webster, from left, Cyndy Garza Roberts, Kay Stevens, Linda Sue Barnes and Jill Watson at the Rodeo Trailblazer Awards Luncheon February 2015
Donna Webster, from left, Cyndy Garza Roberts, Kay Stevens, Linda Sue Barnes and Jill Watson. Photo by John McCain
4 Michelle Wasaff, from left, Steve Stevens and Sharleen Walkoviak at the Rodeo Trailblazer Awards Luncheon February 2015
Michelle Wasaff, from left, Steve Stevens and Sharleen Walkoviak. Photo by John McCain
16 Butch and Paula Robinson at the Rodeo Trailblazer Awards Luncheon February 2015
Butch and Paula Robinson. Photo by Meredith Riddle Chastang
15 Laura Fondren, left, and Ann Carl at the Rodeo Trailblazer Awards Luncheon February 2015
Laura Fondren, left, and Ann Carl. Photo by Meredith Riddle Chastang
12 Alexander Rogers and Maria Bush at the Rodeo Trailblazer Awards Luncheon February 2015
Alexander Rogers and Maria Bush. Photo by Meredith Riddle Chastang
10 Don Nelson, from left, Franelle Rogers and Scott McClelland at the Rodeo Trailblazer Awards Luncheon February 2015
Don Nelson, from left, Franelle Rogers and Scott McClelland. Photo by Meredith Riddle Chastang
8 Kimberly Lombardino, left, and Kendall Hanno at the Rodeo Trailblazer Awards Luncheon February 2015
Kimberly Lombardino, left, and Kendall Hanno. Photo by Meredith Riddle Chastang
7 Cameron Byars, left, and Ashley Tidmore at the Rodeo Trailblazer Awards Luncheon February 2015
Cameron Byars, left, and Ashley Tidmore. Photo by Meredith Riddle Chastang
5 Sylvia Forsythe, left, and Ellie Francisco at the Rodeo Trailblazer Awards Luncheon February 2015
Sylvia Forsythe, left, and Ellie Francisco. Photo by Meredith Riddle Chastang
3 Cowboy Angel at the Rodeo Trailblazer Awards Luncheon February 2015
Cowboy Angel. Photo by Meredith Riddle Chastang
2 Bobbette Rhoades, from left, Katherine Stinson, Miranda Sevcik and Belinda Rowell at the Rodeo Trailblazer Awards Luncheon February 2015
Bobbette Rhoades, from left, Katherine Stinson, Miranda Sevcik and Belinda Rowell. Photo by Meredith Riddle Chastang
1 Lea Bodie, left, and Robin Johnson at the Rodeo Trailblazer Awards Luncheon February 2015
Lea Bodie, left, and Robin Johnson. Photo by Meredith Riddle Chastang
11 Susan Buddeke, from left, Ken Mcguyer and Dot Mitchell at the Rodeo Trailblazer Awards Luncheon February 2015
Susan Buddeke, from left, Ken Mcguyer and Dot Mitchell. Photo by John McCain
10 Thomas Roberts and Cyndy Garza Roberts, left, with Yance Montalbano at the Rodeo Trailblazer Awards Luncheon February 2015
Thomas Roberts and Cyndy Garza Roberts, left, with Yance Montalbano. Photo by John McCain
8 Gretchen Gilliam and W. Thad Gilliam at the Rodeo Trailblazer Awards Luncheon February 2015
Gretchen Gilliam and W. Thad Gilliam. Photo by John McCain
6 Leah Stasney, from left, Shannon Paige, Jennifer Summerour, Shelly Brock and Janeen Comer at the Rodeo Trailblazer Awards Luncheon February 2015
Leah Stasney, from left, Shannon Paige, Jennifer Summerour, Shelly Brock and Janeen Comer. Photo by John McCain
7 Sharleen Walkoviak, from left, Joel Cowley, Jack Lyons and Dominique Sachse at the Rodeo Trailblazer Awards Luncheon February 2015
Rodeo Officer-in-Charge Sharleen Walkoviak, from left, Joel Cowley, Jack Lyons and Dominique Sachse, emcee. Photo by John McCain
5 Donna Webster, from left, Cyndy Garza Roberts, Kay Stevens, Linda Sue Barnes and Jill Watson at the Rodeo Trailblazer Awards Luncheon February 2015
4 Michelle Wasaff, from left, Steve Stevens and Sharleen Walkoviak at the Rodeo Trailblazer Awards Luncheon February 2015
16 Butch and Paula Robinson at the Rodeo Trailblazer Awards Luncheon February 2015
15 Laura Fondren, left, and Ann Carl at the Rodeo Trailblazer Awards Luncheon February 2015
12 Alexander Rogers and Maria Bush at the Rodeo Trailblazer Awards Luncheon February 2015
10 Don Nelson, from left, Franelle Rogers and Scott McClelland at the Rodeo Trailblazer Awards Luncheon February 2015
8 Kimberly Lombardino, left, and Kendall Hanno at the Rodeo Trailblazer Awards Luncheon February 2015
7 Cameron Byars, left, and Ashley Tidmore at the Rodeo Trailblazer Awards Luncheon February 2015
5 Sylvia Forsythe, left, and Ellie Francisco at the Rodeo Trailblazer Awards Luncheon February 2015
3 Cowboy Angel at the Rodeo Trailblazer Awards Luncheon February 2015
2 Bobbette Rhoades, from left, Katherine Stinson, Miranda Sevcik and Belinda Rowell at the Rodeo Trailblazer Awards Luncheon February 2015
1 Lea Bodie, left, and Robin Johnson at the Rodeo Trailblazer Awards Luncheon February 2015
11 Susan Buddeke, from left, Ken Mcguyer and Dot Mitchell at the Rodeo Trailblazer Awards Luncheon February 2015
10 Thomas Roberts and Cyndy Garza Roberts, left, with Yance Montalbano at the Rodeo Trailblazer Awards Luncheon February 2015
8 Gretchen Gilliam and W. Thad Gilliam at the Rodeo Trailblazer Awards Luncheon February 2015
6 Leah Stasney, from left, Shannon Paige, Jennifer Summerour, Shelly Brock and Janeen Comer at the Rodeo Trailblazer Awards Luncheon February 2015
7 Sharleen Walkoviak, from left, Joel Cowley, Jack Lyons and Dominique Sachse at the Rodeo Trailblazer Awards Luncheon February 2015

We always knew the rodeo folks were a party-loving bunch, even with the serious philanthropic side of their activities. But the recent Trailblazer Awards Luncheon proved without a doubt that these ladies and gents know a thing or two about kicking up the heels of their cowboy boots.

More than 1,160 members of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo leadership, rodeo committee members and social swells turned out at the Bayou City Event Center for a midday bash that included a rocking after-party. Several hundred lingered on site until dark with Tony's catering arm keeping them sated with everything from sliders to duck spring rolls and chips and guacamole.

 The luncheon honored five women who have distinguished themselves with their rodeo leadership. 

The luncheon honored five women who have distinguished themselves with their rodeo leadership.Taking bows for their commitment to the annual scholarship-generating rodeo were Jill Watson, Cyndy Garza Roberts, Donna Webster, Linda Sue Barnes and Kay Stevens, recipient of the highest honor — the Pearl Award.

The razzle-dazzle luncheon, delish food by Tony's, included a Trailblazer Marketplace where 16 vendors proffered their rodeo-inspired wares, a Saks Fifth Avenue fashion show produced by Lenny Matuszewski and that after-party.  Typically reserved for nighttime events, the after-party theme caught on with the rodeo crowd many of whom stayed to play in the party tent, dressed like a chic lounge. Linda McIngvale's A Memorable Event created the tent scene and decorated the events center to a midday hilt.

Heading the luncheon committee were chair Gretchen Gilliam and vice chair Shelly Brock.

Joining the salute to the ladies were HLSR chairman Jack Lyons and wife Nina, Paula and Butch Robinson, Marybeth Burgess, George Lane, Barbara and Don Jordan, Ed McMahon, Anne and Chris Richardson, Maria Bush, Susan Plank, H-E-B's Scott McClelland, Saks Fifth Avenue GM Bobby Dees and Susan Plank.