Rodeo Stars

It's a round-up of rodeo stars as Trailblazer Committee celebrates 2015 honorees

Round-up of rodeo stars pay tribute to Trailblazer Award honorees

14 Susan Buddeke, from left, Ken McGuyer and  Cyndy Garza Roberts and Thomas Roberts at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Trailblazer honoree reception October 2014
Susan Buddeke, from left, Ken McGuyer and Cyndy Garza Roberts and Thomas Roberts. Photo by Shelly Millwee
15 Tricia Verbois, from left, Mary Ellen Verbois and Michelle Verbois Wasaff at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Trailblazer honoree reception October 2014
Tricia Verbois, from left, Mary Ellen Verbois and Michelle Verbois Wasaff. Photo by Shelly Millwee
1 Butch and Paula Robinson at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Trailblazer honoree reception October 2014
Butch and Paula Robinson. Photo by Shelly Millwee
9 Parker Johnson, from left, Dot Mitchell and Curtis W. Clerkley Jr. at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Trailblazer honoree reception October 2014
Parker Johnson, from left, Dot Mitchell and Curtis W. Clerkley Jr. Photo by Shelly Millwee
13 Steve Stevens, left, and Dan Cheney at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Trailblazer honoree reception October 2014
Steve Stevens, left, and Dan Cheney. Photo by Shelly Millwee
5 Jennifer Currey Van Matre, from left, Peggy Hollis, Dawne Martin and  Santa Gonzales at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Trailblazer honoree reception October 2014
Jennifer Currey Van Matre, from left, Peggy Hollis, Dawne Martin and Santa Gonzales. Photo by Shelly Millwee
2 Dan Cheney, from left, Chris Richardson, Joe Van Matre and Joel Cowley at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Trailblazer honoree reception October 2014
Dan Cheney, from left, Chris Richardson, Joe Van Matre and Joel Cowley. Photo by Shelly Millwee
12 Sharleen Walkoviak, from left, Gretchen Gilliam, Kay Stevens, Courtney Taylor and Elizabeth Becker at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Trailblazer honoree reception October 2014
Sharleen Walkoviak, from left, Gretchen Gilliam, Kay Stevens, Courtney Taylor and Elizabeth Becker. Photo by Shelly Millwee
7 Jim Brock, from left, Jill Watson and Joan Brock at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Trailblazer honoree reception October 2014
Jim Brock, from left, Jill Watson and Joan Brock. Photo by Shelly Millwee
4 Janel Wilson, left, and Leticia Vasquez at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Trailblazer honoree reception October 2014
Janel Wilson, left, and Leticia Vasquez. Photo by Shelly Millwee
3 George Lane and Gretchen Gilliam at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Trailblazer honoree reception October 2014
George Lane and Gretchen Gilliam. Photo by Shelly Millwee
14 Susan Buddeke, from left, Ken McGuyer and  Cyndy Garza Roberts and Thomas Roberts at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Trailblazer honoree reception October 2014
15 Tricia Verbois, from left, Mary Ellen Verbois and Michelle Verbois Wasaff at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Trailblazer honoree reception October 2014
1 Butch and Paula Robinson at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Trailblazer honoree reception October 2014
9 Parker Johnson, from left, Dot Mitchell and Curtis W. Clerkley Jr. at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Trailblazer honoree reception October 2014
13 Steve Stevens, left, and Dan Cheney at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Trailblazer honoree reception October 2014
5 Jennifer Currey Van Matre, from left, Peggy Hollis, Dawne Martin and  Santa Gonzales at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Trailblazer honoree reception October 2014
2 Dan Cheney, from left, Chris Richardson, Joe Van Matre and Joel Cowley at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Trailblazer honoree reception October 2014
12 Sharleen Walkoviak, from left, Gretchen Gilliam, Kay Stevens, Courtney Taylor and Elizabeth Becker at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Trailblazer honoree reception October 2014
7 Jim Brock, from left, Jill Watson and Joan Brock at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Trailblazer honoree reception October 2014
4 Janel Wilson, left, and Leticia Vasquez at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Trailblazer honoree reception October 2014
3 George Lane and Gretchen Gilliam at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Trailblazer honoree reception October 2014

The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo might be months away but the enthusiasm is already ginning up. Case in point, the Trailblazer Committee reception in the HLS&R board dining room at NRG Center where the 2015 Trailblazer Award honorees were introduced. 

With boots polished and Stetsons freshly steamed, rodeo honchos turned out in force to pay tribute to five members of the Trailblazer Committee. Heading up the team were HLS&R president and CEO Joel Cowley and vice president and COO Dan Cheney.

In addition to contributing time, talent and generosity to the rodeo, honorees typically must have served on committees for 10 years or more and have served on two or more committees. The Pearl Award, the group's highest honor, given to one showing commitment above and beyond the call of duty, went to Kay Stevens, whose many years of rodeo involvement has included service on the Calf Scramble, Cutting Horse, Quarter Horse and World’s Championship Bar-B-Que committees.

The four other women recognized as Trailblazer Award honorees are Linda Sue Barnes, Cyndy Garza Roberts, Jill Watson and Donna Webster. They will be officially honored at  the 16th annual Trailblazer Awards Luncheon and Fashion Show on Feb. 5 at the Bayou City Events Center.

Joining the celebration of the dedicated volunteers were Sharleen and Ron Walkoviak, Paula and Butch Robinson, Steve Stevens, Judy and John O. Smith, Ed McMahon, Chris Richardson, Jim Bob Taylor, Joe Van Matre and 25 past Trailblazer honorees.