Academy of Western Artists 25th Annual Gear & Trappings Awards

AWA 25th Gear & Trappings Winners

The Academy of Western Artists is proud to announce the winners for the 25th Annual Will Rogers Awards.

Over the past 24 years, the very best in western gear and trappings have been recognized; this is a tremendously talented group of outstanding individuals.

This year’s award presentation will be on the internet for all to see (time and location to be announced later).

Tune in to see these winners and the best in Pure Country, Western Swing and Western Music perform and the top 10 and winners announcement, and, for the first time, everyone will have the winners at the same time.

The awards will be going worldwide to a huge new audience and we are excited.


Congratulations to the Academy to Western Artists 25th Will Rogers Gear and Trappings Winners:


Western Art:  Bill Nebeker, Prescott, AZ

Engraver:  Beau Compton, Tombstone, AZ

Cartoonist:  Pepe Villasenor, Lexington, KY

Master Leather Artisan:  Peter Main, Houston, TX

Garnet Brooks Chuckwagon:  Tom Elliott, Clinton, AR

Bootmaker:  Lisa Sorrell, Guthrie, OK

Spurmaker:  Chris Cheney, Rexburg, ID

Saddlemaker:  Gordon Andrus, Coalville, UT

Don King Lifetime Achievement in Saddlemaking:  Jesse Smith, Pritchett, CO


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