Gold Buckle Network™ Advisor Inducted Into Texas Trail of Fame

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Cleo Hearn, Veteran Calf Roper and Cowboys of Color Rodeo Producer, Honored in Fort Worth

Gold Buckle Network™ (GBN™) Rodeo Advisor Cleo Hearn was inducted into the 2005 Texas Trail of Fame in the Fort Worth Stockyards on October 22, 2005.

The Texas Trail of Fame was established to honor individuals who have made a significant contribution to the Western way of life. Throughout the walkways of the Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District, bronze inlaid markers have been placed in recognition of Honorees' achievements. Each marker is patterned after a frontier Marshall’s badge and is inscribed with the Honoree’s name. The Historic Masonic Bell, cast in London in 1782 and brought to Fort Worth in 1855, was wrung to celebrate each Honoree's induction.

"When I reflect upon the current and former inductees, I am inspired and educated by their accomplishments," said Cleo Hearn. "I am honored and humbled to receive this bronze star and will continue to devote my energy to raising the awareness of Cowboy’s of Color and their role in the development of the West."

Veteran Calf Roper Hearn is founder of the Cowboys of Color Invitational Rodeo Tour, the largest multicultural rodeo circuit in America, which promotes the historical contributions of Africans, Hispanics and Native Americans to the settling of the western United States. A member of the Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association (PRCA) since 1959, Hearn still competes in rodeos throughout the country. In 1970, he was the first African American to win a major rodeo calf-roping event at the Denver Livestock and Rodeo Show. He has competed at all major rodeos and at Cheyenne for the past 36 years.

Master of Ceremony and President and CEO of the Fort Worth Convention and Visitors Bureau, Doug Harman, announced the eight inductees who were honored. Other inductees included Cowboy Larry Mahan, Cowgirl Mitzi Lucas Riley, Preservationist Jim Lane, Comanche Chief Peta Nocona (?-1862), Pioneer George Press Farmer (1825-1892), Pioneer Julian Field (1825-1897), and Lawman William Alexander "Bigfoot" Wallace (1817-1899). The 2005 Inductees for the Texas Trail of Fame were announced at the Red Steagall Cowboy Gathering and Swing Festival.

The Texas Trail of Fame is a non-profit organization established in 1997 to promote North America's Western heritage and to honor those who have made a significant contribution to the Western way of life.

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