Two successful Western performance horse breeders and a former American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) past president are among the 2020 inductees into the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame.
Kit and Charlie Moncrief, of Fort Worth, Texas, will be joined in the Fame by fellow inductees R.H. Steve Stevens, Jr., the Priefert Family and Lari Dee Guy. The 2020 Spirit of Texas Award honoree will be Aaron Watson.
Induction into the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame is the highest honor bestowed on individuals who have shown excellence in competition, business and support of rodeo and the western lifestyle in Texas. The induction ceremony will be Jan. 16 at Billy Bob’s Texas in Fort Worth.
Breeders & Owners
The Hall of Fame lauded the Moncriefs’ dedication to the Fort Worth community, as well as their well-known philanthropy in education, the arts and healthcare. They also are extremely involved in the livestock industry.
Together, they manage the Moncrief Ranches in Parker County, Texas, and Gunnison, Colorado. Raising cattle and Quarter Horses, they’re especially known for producing quality cutting and reined cow horses. The Moncriefs have bred the winners of more than $2.24 million. As owners, they’ve had horses compile a collective Equi-Stat record of more than $936,799.
Their winningest horse as breeders was Freckles Thriller, a 1984 gelding by Freckles Playboy who banked $157,888 during a cutting career that spanned from 1988 to 2001 He was followed on the charts by Bonanza Cutting Open Reserve Champion Reyhanna ($150,890) and Mr Stylish Cat ($92,318).
As owners, the top-earning Moncrief horse was National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Summer Cutting Spectacular Open Reserve Champion Roseanna Dual ($155,226). Second was AQHA World Champion Junior Working Cowhorse Mr Playinstylish ($144,827) and cow horse aged event finalist and World’s Greatest Horseman finalist Royal Smart Fletch ($91,750).
Among her many accomplishments, Kit currently serves as President of the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame and Co-Chairwoman of the Fort Worth Zoological Association. Kit is the first woman vice chairman of the Board of Trustees of Texas Christian University. She is past president, and current vice president of the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Foundation. She is vice president of the Moncrief Cancer Foundation, a board member of UT Southwestern Moncrief Cancer Institute, and Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo.
Charlie has always remained close to the land as an independent oil and gas producer and a certified geologist. He is a partner in Moncrief Oil and Montex Drilling company with his father “Tex” and daughter, Gloria. Charlie served as a trustee for TCU and the Culver Military Academy, and is currently on the board of the Texas State Fair and the Moncrief Foundation. He also served our nation in the Marine Corps and is a former U.S. Marshal.
In addition, Kit and Charlie have a strong commitment to the Fort Worth Stock Show Rodeo. Charlie has been involved with the show for 45 years on the Executive Committee and is currently serving as the show’s Secretary. Kit is a Stock Show board member and has been riding in the grand entry for 25 years and has showed horses, or has had horses shown, at the Stock Show every year since she was ten years old.
Other 2020 Inductees
Lari Dee Guy, an 8-time Women’s Professional Rodeo Association (WPRA) World Champion with more than $1.5 million in career earnings. Guy has spent the last three decades winnining every title in the all-girl roping industry, striving to improve breakaway roping, team roping and tie-down calf roping for women everywhere.
The Priefert Family: What started out as a family business in a one room, dirt floor shop in the backyard has become one of the largest farm, ranch and rodeo equipment manufacturers in the world, with a production facility that includes more than 20 acres under roof. In 1964, Marvin Priefert invented the first gliding-action, fully opening headgate and the rest, and as they say, is history.
R.H. Steve Stevens, Jr. is the former Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo Chairman of the Board and American Quarter Horse Association Past President. His passion for the western lifestyle and dedication to the betterment of equine practices is evident through his service on the Development Committee of the Texas A&M Equine Initiative, which focuses on enhancing the equine industry through education and community outreach
The Spirit of Texas Award winner, Aaron Watson, chased success in his country music career on his own terms. He built success through the craft of songwriting, self-releasing records, and relentlessly touring to connect with his fans and spread his music gospel.
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