Celebrating 2012 National Day of the Cowboy

Rob Lewallen and his Shirthouse Band entertain at the National Day of the Cowboy celebration. Band members are Conley Robinson, Lewallen, Pete Lauterbach, and Rich Craig. Reed Settle | Roughstockphotography.com

By Reed Settle

On Saturday, July 28, Doug “Ranger Doug” Oliver hosted his sixth celebration in honor of the National Day of the Cowboy. From the first few celebrations in the parking lot in front of Ranger Doug’s Shootists’ Emporium on Main Street, the annual event has moved to Joyce Battaglia’s Mountain Valley Ranch.

This year’s event started at 11 a.m. and performers included the Shirthouse Band, Wrangler Dan (cowboy poetry), Steve Tellam (modern day rancher), performances by the Southwest Ghostriders (cowboy re-enacting group), The Fiddle Girl, Captain Cooper (historical leatherwork), opportunity drawings throughout the day and a final drawing for the celebrated revolver. Many vendor booths displayed their goods as well as a booth by the NRA.

Highlighting the day’s festivities was an appearance by the Honorable Brian W. Jones, 77th Assembly District.

District 77 Assemblyman Brian W. Jones presents Doug “Ranger Doug” Oliver with an Assembly resolution recognizing July 28, 2012, as National Day of the Cowboy. Reed Settle | Roughstockphotography.com

Jones presented a framed resolution recognizing the National Day of the Cowboy to Ranger Doug. After the presentation Jones visited with the public and many of the vendors as he enjoyed the celebration of this important day.

California Legislature



National Day of the Cowboy

WHEREAS, Pioneering men and women together built the strong framework of this nation through their ability to develop farmland, establish ranches, and successfully provide the agricultural products that feed this growing nation and much of the world; and
WHEREAS, The descendants of those pioneers, and those influenced by their endeavors, have continued that tradition and noble life’s work; and
WHEREAS, Through cultural influence and the spirit of competition among those hardworking ranchers and farmers, often referred to as Cowboys, the rodeo was introduced to the West, defining a whole new branch of the ranching and farming experience; and
WHEREAS, Through their hard work, honesty, and perseverance, cowboys have earned a reputation of integrity, patriotism, and a desire to preserve the uniquely American tradition of their trade; and
WHEREAS, The young people of this country have embraced the lifestyle of the cowboy through organized activities such as Future Farmers of America, the 4-H Club, and other educational endeavors to prepare them for their role in the ongoing cowboy lifestyle; and
WHEREAS, Today’s cowboys and cowgirls continue to strive to serve, preserve, and perpetuate this very foundation of America’s heritage, not only through the efforts of working cowboys, but also through the efforts of many statewide organizations that, each day, recognize the significance and value of the cowboy lifestyle; and
WHEREAS, The cowboy continues to be a vital part of the national economy, and in particular, the economy of this Great State of California; and
WHEREAS, Through determination and skills, commitment, and sacrifice, the farmer, rancher and cowboy continue, and will continue, to produce the products that feed and clothe this nation; and
WHEREAS, Through work and through play, in the movies or in the fields raising crops, herding cattle or raising pigs or sheep, or bronco busting in a rodeo, the cowboy is a true American icon, worthy of recognition and honor; now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED BY ASSEMBLY MEMBER BRIAN W. JONES, That he recognizes the fourth Saturday of July, which falls on July 28, 2012, as the National Day of the Cowboy, and urges the people of the Great State of California to observe this day with appropriate ceremonies and activities honoring those strong and honorable individuals of this State who, by their efforts and contributions, have earned the title of cowboy.

Members Resolution No. 1422
Dated this 28th day of July, 2012

HONORABLE Brian W. Jones
77th Assembly District

Ramona resident Reed Settle of Reed Settle Roughstock Photography captures this portrait of Doug “Ranger Doug” Oliver, organizer of the National Day of the Cowboy celebrations for the past six years.

Ramona Rodeo Junior Queen Megan Buckley presents one of the numerous opportunity drawing prizes given away throughout the six-hour celebration. Reed Settle | Roughstockphotography.com

Ramona resident Jim Cooper of Custom Leather Work demonstrates his leatherworking craft as he designs a three-ring binder. Sentinel photo/Maureen Robertson

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