2515 Rodeo Plaza Fort Worth
Inclusion in the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame is the highest honor we bestow on individuals who have shown excellence in competition, business and support of rodeo and the western lifestyle in Texas.
2018 Induction Ceremony - Thursday, January 11, 2018 - For more information or to purchase tickets, please call 817.626.7131
John, Punk & Roy Carter – Legendary horseman John Carter saw his first cutting in 1948 at the Fort Worth Stock Show. Cutting horses made a big impression on him and he was soon training and showing some of the best. John was inducted into the NCHA Riders Hall Of Fame in 1989 and the NCHA Members Hall of Fame in 2000. Both of his sons followed him into the cutting horse business. Eldest son, Punk, is a horse trainer and industry icon. He is a past President of NCHA (National Cutting Horse Association), and has been an NCHA Director for over 30 years. He was inducted into the NCHA Members Hall of Fame in 2002. Youngest son, Roy has also made a name for himself as a cutting horse trainer. A former bull rider, Roy also breeds bucking bulls. The Carter family has been involved in ranching for generations.
The Luskey Family – The Luskey family has been in business in Fort Worth for nearly a century. Luskey’s first opened in 1919 as a dry-goods store in downtown Fort Worth. It was quickly changed to a western store when the original Luskey brothers noticed that while in the Stockyards buying and selling cattle, cowboys often shopped for themselves. Today, cousins Alan & Mike Luskey have taken the family business to the next level. In 1982, the Luskey’s purchased the famed Ryons’s and operated as Luskey’s/Ryon’s Western Wear adjacent to Ryon’s Saddle Shop. After running the successful western wear and boot shop in the historic Fort Worth Stockyards for decades, the family partnered with the Cavender family to bring the popular western store to the Stockyards.
Adriano Moraes - Calling Texas home throughout his legendary career, the native of Brazil helped pave the way in the PBR (Professional Bull Riders) for fellow Brazilians Guilherme Marchi, Renato Nunus & Silvano Alves, just to name a few. Over the course of his 15 year career, Moraes became one of the most popular (and talented) bull riders on the circuit. With 3 PBR World Championships and 2 NFR (National Finals Rodeo) Average titles, Moraes helped bring his sport to a world wide stage. In his 15 year carreer with the PBR, Moraes qualified for the World Finals 14 times. He was inducted into the PBR Ring of Honor in 2011. Of his induction into Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame Adriano says, “I am very honored to be chosen to be part of such a select group of people. For me to be a part of the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame is the strongest expression of recognition of my cowboy and Texan soul, because the years I lived in American territory, it was Texas that I chose to call home.
Gerald Sullivan – A native of Galveston, Mr. Sullivan’s family has been influential in the cattle business for over a century. Known as a leader who is active in almost every livestock activity in the state of Texas, Gerald Sullivan and his family have a world wide reputation for being honest, knowledgeable and progressive cattle producers. His passion for agriculture and the cattle business is showcased through Santa Rosa Ranch. Focusing on breeding, business & customer service; Santa Rosa Ranch has cultivated a reputation of excellence as commercial breeders & seedstock producers of Brangus & Ultrablack cattle. A proud graduate of Texas A&M University, Sullivan’s notoriety extends beyond the livestock industry. He has been active in real estate development, maritime operations and construction. He has served as the Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Port of Galveston, helping to rebuild Galveston after Hurricane Ike.
2018 Rick Smith Spirit of Texas Award
Bruce Greene – Mr. Greene is one of the legitimate heirs to a cowboy kind of art legacy that traces its beginnings back to Charles Russell. Its a legacy that is ited hard and fast to a familiarity and feelings for ranch life reality bases on a bedrock of artistic accomplishment. Out in West Texas on the historic JA Ranch, Bruce has discovered and tapped into a deep resivoir of cowboy reality. His time spent there has blessed him enough artistic inspiration to last a lifetime. Bruce was elected to membership in the Cowboy Artist of America in 1992 and has served terms as director, vice president and president. Among his numerous honors, Greene has received the Ray Swanson Memorial Award for his painting When Freedom Isn't Free in 2007 and for In the Brazos de Dias in 2012. In 2010 he won the TCAA Award for best portrayl of a cowboy subject matter for his sculpture When Bloom is On The Beargrass.