Bob Brown Trophy
Cowboy of the Year
This is a National Trophy and is awarded to the person who has contributed most to rodeo during the current year. The cowboy must have promoted the sport by helping and assisting young Cowboys to get started in Rodeo. Focus on helping younger/newer members. To be eligible the nominee must be an Open Contestant member.
Bob Brown was a much respected Bull Rider, Saddle Bronc Rider and Calf Roper from Hikurangi just north of Whangarei who was tragically killed in 1970 whilst operating a top-dressing truck. He was known as a Cowboy who did the extra yards when it came to getting young guys started in Rodeo and always had his car full of young fellas from up North when travelling the Circuit. Mid-Norther paid tribute to Bob by having the presentation of a carved wooden trophy of a Bull Rider and Bull which was competed for in a Ride-off by place winners in the Open Bull Ride at their Rodeo at 3 Mile Bush January 1971, this was won by Gary Jackson. The North Island Rodeo Cowboys decided to continue the awarding of a bronze statuette on a plaque and this was first presented to John (Shorty) Dale Snr in 1972.When the amalgamation of both Islands Associations occurred one of the stipulations was that the presentation of this coveted Award be maintained.
|Bob Brown - Cowboy of the Year|
|1972||John (Shorty) Dale Snr|