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Rodeo Historical Society honors the Barnes Family

Friday, June 3, 2011

Special awards and national recognition continued to pour forth for the Barnes PRCA Rodeo Family of Peterson and Cherokee, with the announcement last fall 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.

The Barnes Family attended 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.

Donita and Bob Barnes at the Cherokee PRCA Rodeo. File photo by Mike Leckband
Donita was presented the Tad Lucas Award at Saturday's festivities, and Bob 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.

"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.

"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."

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