Trailblazers

The Texas Ranch Roundup chooses to recognize outstanding ranches who, over a lifetime, have shown in word and deed that they have earned the respect and admiration of the livestock industry. These ranchers have never sought out the limelight or public acclaim. The representative of the breed of men and women who individually shaped the Texas cattle industry, they are modest, honest, quiet and unassuming. Their success, in a lifetime pursuit of the cattle business, makes them worthy of consideration as role models for generations to come. Indeed for young people contemplating a career in the ranching business, their accomplishments and exploits are an inspiration. The history of the cattle industry is made up of a patchwork of individual stories of hard work, cow sense, sacrifice, luck, and accomplishment. The Trailblazer Award winners and their stories typify this colorful history.


2017 Trailblazer Award Winner:

Emry Birdwell, John Welch, and Jack Whitten

Previous Trailblazer Winners

  • Jim Link
  • Joe Self
  • Mac Daniel
  • J.R. Edwards
  • John Merrill
  • Alvin “Cotton” O’Neal
  • Robert (Bob) H. Moorhouse
  • Ronald Lewis
  • Bill Craft
  • Tom Moorhouse
  • Billy George Drennan
  • Wilson Scaling
  • John Glenn “Sonny” Halsell
  • Dudley “Dud” Ellis
  • Tom B. Saunders IV
  • Bob Byrd
  • Glen McFarland
  • Bill Flowers
  • Richard Bumpus
  • Rusty Tinnin
  • Keith Slover
  • Paige Baize
  • George Self
  • C.M. “Buzz” Dolan
  • Rusty Culp
  • Rob Brown
  • Charles Schroeder
  • Bob Thompson
  • Matlock Rose
  • Buster Welch
  • Jim Ed Basham
  • Joe O’Neal
  • Boots O’Neal
  • Wes O’Neal
  • Melvin Mason
  • Ted Burkett
  • James E. White, Jr.
  • J.N. “Buzz” Thorp
  • Lawrence Harmel
  • Sheep Morrow
  • Dick Harper
  • Luke Smith
  • Helen K. Groves
  • Manford Elliot
  • Richard K. “Dick” Montgomery
  • Don C. King
  • John R. “Rich” Anderson
  • Dr. Wm. J. “Dub” Waldrip
  • N.L. “Boss” Winter
  • J.J. Gibson
  • Ted Gray
  • John Vance Stevens
  • Lathan A. Withers
  • John Gaither
  • O.W. “Ted” Sorrells
  • Bob Morris
  • Roy Boone
  • Wright Hock
  • Bill Hemphill
  • William Henry Green, Jr.
  • Piney Eiland
  • George Truett Self
  • Carl V. Self
  • Jim Humphreys
  • Virgil Johnson
  • G.L. Proctor
  • Richard Aubry “Aub” Stokes
  • Tom Blasingame
  • Jack Idol
  • Foy Proctor
  • Watt Reynolds Matthews
  • Joe Parker, Sr.
  • Frank Derrick
  • G.D. “Nig” London
  • Emry Birdwell, Sr.
  • J.C. “Togo” Moorhouse
  • Bryant Edwards