Southeast Texas cowboys, cowgirls gather in Dayton for reunion

Dewey Porter and Ron Fortenberry presented Mutt Neuman (center) with a belt buckle honoring him as stock contractor for all of his contributions to rodeo since 1966. Pictured left to right are Cindy Fortenberry, Ron Fortenberry, Judy Neuman, Mutt Neuman, Art Musgrove, Geneise Musgrove and (back row) Dewey Porter.

The Bar-N-Bar Ranch in Dayton, owned by rodeo legend Mutt Neuman, was the site of a recent gathering of Texas cowboys and cowgirls.

Current and past rough stock events, timed events, barrel men, clowns, bullfighters, announcers, timekeepers, secretaries, pick-up men and labor hands were among those invited to the First Annual Texas Cowboy Reunion on Sept. 22 hosted by Ron Fortenberry and Dewey Porter.

Porter started off the event with a blessing prayer.  Memory photos of Texas cowboys who have passed on were placed the tables throughout the Bar-N-Bar hall. The event included door prizes and a horse shoe tournament, and was catered by Pappy’s BBQ.

The Sept. 22 First Annual Texas Cowboy Reunion was attended by (left to right) Leslie Ludtke-Feathergill, Wade Feathergill, Gordon Ludtke, Johnny Ludtke, Eric Escobar, Gerald Payne, James Lafour, Dewey Porter, John Berryhill, Frankie Butcher, Frank Daddle, Termite, Michael Schaeffer, Mutt Neuman, Mark Bennet, Bobby Barnaba, Jeff Tabolka, Bryce Redo, Laci Jo Reynolds, Haizlee Redo, Dennis Shaw and Dennis James.

Mutt Neuman was honored with a buckle presented to him from Dewey Porter and Ron Fortenberry for his contributions to the sport and his continued active role in rodeo since 1966.  Johnny Ludtke was presented a buckle for being a rodeo producer since 1982.  Casey Stone won the horseshoe tournament. 

The event was sponsored by Blessed Welding, owned by Art Musgrove; Safire Rodeo Productions, owned by Michael Schaffer; and Highway 6 Vet Clinic in Alvin, owned by Tom Evans, DVM.

(Photos and article courtesy of Melinda Wheeler-Dhillon)

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