2016 First Year Beef Showmanship
(Awarded at the Sublette County Fair)
No participants so no award.
2015 First Year Beef Showmanship
(Awarded at the Sublette County Fair)
Starting in 1974, the Cowbelles awarded a halter for the Best First Year Beef Showmanship at the Sublette County Fair. In 1985, Audra McGinnis received a trophy instead of a halter. Emilee Sims won a plaque instead of a trophy in 2003. Cassidy Espenscheid received a buckle in 2013.
Pinedale – Lauren Staten. Lauren is the daughter of Jolie Dorrell. She will be majoring in Ag Business.
Alternate: Emmilee Eaton. Emmilee is the daughter of Kelly and Bruce Eaton. She will be attending BYU and majoring in Nutritional Sciences.
Big Piney – Darby Woffinden. Darby will receive the scholarship for Big Piney High School. Darby is the daughter of Morell and Melanie Woffinden. She will be majoring in Ag Business.
Alternate: Liz McGinnis. Liz is the daughter of Jay and Sandy McGinnis. Liz will be majoring in Music Education.
The Green River Valley Cowbelles award a $500 scholarship to a graduating senior in each of the county high schools. The winners were all members of the NHS, had participated in sports, had done community service, and have some kind of job experience. All have some ties to agriculture and some are planning careers in agriculture. — Sherri Bohleen–Scholarship Chairperson. Other members Verna Walker, Andi James, Becky Downs and Liz Wardell
The list of scholarship winners and quilt winners.
2016 Lifetime Members
Beth Bray Big Piney, Wyoming
Rosemary Aultman Pinedale, Wyoming
In 1990, the Green River Valley Cowbelles/Cattlewomen started acknowledging lifetime members who had been active in the organization for a number of years and had contributed to the organization with their long and dedicated service.
2016 Ranch Woman of the Year
Susan Griffin Bousman
The purpose of the Ranch Woman of the Year award is to honor those women who have worked so hard and contributed to the success of the ranching industry and have shown special abilities as a wife, mother, and helpmate as well as her participation in the community. Any GRVC member can nominate any woman in the upper Green River Valley and Hoback Basin who is in or has been in the ranching business.
2016 Friend of Agriculture
Bondurant Community Barbeque. Bondurant, Wyoming.
In 1971, the group started the friend of ag to acknowledge the people in the Green River Valley who are very supportive of the ranching industry in the Green River Valley. The purpose of the award was to create a positive attitude toward ranching and ranch-organized activities between the Cowbelles and the business people in the Green River Valley. More about the Friend of Ag Awards.
2016 Centennial Ranches
Bootjack Ranch – Jim Noble Family
Briggs Ranch – Floyd and Kathryn Briggs
Eastfork Livestock, Inc. – Joel Bousman family
JF Ranch, Inc. – Jay and Sandy McGinnis
Mocroft Ranch – Sylvia Sandoval family and Harley Maloney family
Mosquito Creek Ranch – Steve and Susan Hoffman family
Sharlene Lozier had learned in 2005 about the Wyoming State Historic Preservation Office in conjunction with the Wyoming Stock Growers Association, Wyoming Department of Agriculture, Wyoming Wool Growers, Wyoming Rural Electric Association and Wyoming Business Council recognizing Wyoming Centennial Farms and Ranches. Sharlene asked Jonita Sommers to help her find which ranches in the Green River Valley were eligible for the centennial ranch award. The Cowbelles decided to give each ranch a plaque and then send their forms on to the Wyoming State Historic Preservation Office. There are now 30
Green River Valley Centennial Ranches.
2016 Quilt Winner
The Cowbelles started making brand quilts with the brands of the Green River Valley and selling raffle tickets for the quilt to benefit the scholarship fund for a senior in the Big Piney and Pinedale High Schools in 1976. The GRVC members on the quilt committee are Deanne Bradley (chairman), Marsha Barlow, Ann Barney, Janet Beiermann, Brenda Carnahan, Becky Downs, Terrie Springman, Sherri Bohleen, Wilma Davis, Molly Landers, Rosemary Aultman, Lynda Vickrey, Barbara Pape, McKenna Carnahan and Liz Wardell. It was quilted by Terry Quinn and Irene Steele. For a list of all Quilt and Scholarship Winners: Quilt Winners and Scholarship Winners