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Rodeo Historical Society honors the Barnes Family

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Bob inducted into Hall of Fame; Donita named Lucas Award winner

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK. - Special awards and national recognition continue to pour forth for the Barnes PRCA Rodeo Family of Peterson and Cherokee, with the recent announcement that the esteemed Rodeo Historical Society has named Rodeo Producer/Stock Contractor Bob Barnes to its coveted Hall of Fame, and Bob's wife Donita as the recipient of the 2010 Tad Lucas Award.

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The Barnes Family will attend the special weekend ceremonies Oct. 22-24 in Oklahoma City, the headquarters of the Rodeo Historical Society, affiliated with the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum here.

Major items on the agenda include the Friday Night Rerides Rendezvous, the Saturday Night Benefit Auction and Awards Dinner, and Sunday's Rodeo Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Brunch.

Donita will be presented the Tad Lucas Award at Saturday's festivities, and Bob will be inducted into the RHS Hall of Fame during Sunday's ceremonies and brunch.

Of the many decorated, accomplished and world renowned cowboys and PRCA Rodeo legends who will be attending the event, R. Sankey had this to say about Donita's selection as the Tad Lucas Award winner. "I am so pleased that Donita Barnes will be receiving the 2010 Tad Lucas Award.

"This dear lady is so deserving and I'm thrilled that someone has recognized the contributions that a Stock Contractor's wife can make to rodeo. No one's written more checks or logged more miles than Donita.

"Congratulations, Donita and Bob, and good job RHS."

Tad Lucas was known as "Rodeo's First Lady," and there is grand truth in that statement. No one, man or woman, rode rough stock or performed more fearlessly than Tad Lucas.

Tad Lucas was an original, and was honored by the National Cowgirl Hall of Fame, National Cowboy Hall of Fame and Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association.

By all accounts, Tad was a woman of not only great talent, but of spirit, courage and compassion. The Tad Lucas award is awarded to women who have exhibited the same sort of extraordinary characteristics while upholding and promoting rodeo's great Western Heritage.

The Rodeo Historical Society pays tribute to rodeo's greatest legends. Ceremonies recognize Ben Johnson and Tad Lucas Memorial Award honorees Saturday evening, and a benefit auction supports RHS in its role of helping the Museum preserve the history of rodeo. Inductions into the prestigious Rodeo Hall of Fame highlight Sunday's brunch.

The Rodeo Hall of Fame enjoys a prominent

and important place in the renowned National

Cowboy Museum in Oklahoma City.

Since 1955, cowboys and cowgirls have been

inducted in the Rodeo Hall of Fame, a tribute

to rodeo's greatest legends who paved the way

for today's rodeo champions. Visitors enjoy the

inductees' personal stories through interactive

kiosks in the American Rodeo Gallery, a display

that educates visitors from around the world

on the history of the sport.

The Rodeo Historical Society is an organization

under the auspices of the National Cowboy &

Western Heritage Museum. RHS Members

from around the world share an interest in

preserving the history of rodeo. Membership

supports the rodeo programs of the Museum,

including research, an ongoing oral history

project, acquisition of collection materials for

the American Rodeo Gallery and the presti-

gious Rodeo Hall of Fame.

Funding enables the National Cowboy & Western

Heritage Museum to:

* Collect and professionally archive photographs

and artifacts that preserve the sport's history.

* Document the history of the sport through

interviews and oral history available online and

to researchers.

* Conduct the annual Rodeo Weekend festivities

each year, including the Rodeo Hall of Fame

Inductions.

* Update and improve the American Rodeo

Gallery with new technology and displays.

"This is just one great honor for Donita and me," said Bob Barnes last week after learning of his induction and Donita's special award. "We couldn't be prouder. After 60 years of 'going down the road,' and all the friends we've made along the way, this is just another cherry on top. We are so blessed."

Bob and Donita and their family produce rodeos and provide nationally acclaimed bucking stock as Barnes/MJM PRCA Rodeo. The MJM represents their children Mitzi, John, and Marty and their families, all active daily in the rodeo business.

Barnes/MJM PRCA Rodeo produces rodeos and its stock participates in rodeos across the country year-around, with Donita "keeping the books" and involved in much of the scheduling, and the rest of the legendary rodeo family taking care of the rest, all following Bob's lead.

Bob, who quickly credits his family for his success, awards, and rewards, lives by a favorite saying strikingly simple in its powerful message: "If you think you can, or if you think you can't, you're right."



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