Major items on the agenda included 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 was presented the Tad Lucas Award at Saturday's festivities, and Bob, 81, was 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 attended 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 received the 2010 Tad Lucas Award.
"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
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
* Conduct the annual Rodeo Weekend festivities
each year, including the Rodeo Hall of Fame
* 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 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."
For more on Bob Barnes, see the "Struck Strikes Out" column on the Opinion page.