AUSTIN — Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst was inducted into the Texas Rodeo Cowboy Hall of Fame in Belton recently, and received the 2009 Western Heritage Award.
“As a native Texan, rancher, and part-time cowboy who is a team roper and cutting horse rider, I can think of no greater honor than being inducted into the Texas Rodeo Cowboy Hall of Fame,” Lt. Governor Dewhurst said. “Throughout my life I have admired and respected the fierce independence and integrity of the cowboys who tamed the West and the rich Western heritage that has been preserved through rodeo and cutting horse competition.”
Lt. Governor Dewhurst breeds and raises registered Black Angus cattle. He is a team roper and rides cutting horses in National Cutting Horse Association and American Quarter Horse Association competitions, where he earned a top-15 world ranking in his event in 2005 and a top-20 world ranking in 2006.
Lt. Governor Dewhurst is an honorary vice president of the AQHA.
“Rodeo and the rodeo cowboy exemplify the very best of the American West,” said Texas Rodeo Cowboy Hall of Fame Board Chairman Don Ward. “Lt. Governor Dewhurst, through his activities as a team roper, rancher and world-ranked cutting horse competitor epitomizes the very best of the Western heritage of Texas.”
Also, in honor of Lt. Governor Dewhurst’s induction into the Texas Rodeo Cowboy Hall of Fame, the Texas Senate unanimously passed Senate Resolution 510, by Senator Troy Fraser (R-Horseshoe Bay).
SR 510 notes Lt. Governor Dewhurst exemplifies “the independent spirit of the rodeo cowboy,” and enhances “the positive image of rodeo and the American West.”
The Texas Rodeo Cowboy Hall of Fame was founded in 1975 and is located in Belton, Texas.