Each year the Greeley Stampede’s volunteer group the Wranglers honor a volunteer that has demonstrated exceptional dedication and outstanding service to be named Top Hand of the Year. This year, the Top Hand of the Year was awarded to Ruth Walter.
With more than 250 members, the Wranglers are in charge of putting on one of the region’s largest and most recognizable western celebration. The group oversees everything that is involved with the Stampede including security, concessions, and the parade to name a few.
The Wranglers recognized Ruth as Top Hand of the Year after being selected by a panel of peers. The Top Hand of the Year award is given to a Wrangler after each group selects a Wrangler of the Year for their respected area. Ruth was nominated from the Wrangler Hideout committee. Other Wranglers that were recognized include:
-Beverages: Pat Seaton
-Demo Derby: Marty Curtis
-Grounds: Tony Trujillo
-Hospitality: Jan Nelson
-Hospitality/Information Station: Bonnie Bryant
-Night Shows: Dee Phillips
-Parades: Lynn Casseday
-Rodeos: 1) Duane & Greta Steinmetz, 2) Tyler Hishinuma
-Kids Rodeo: Perry Breuer
-Security: 1) David Horst, 2) Joe Meilinger
-Security/Guest Services: Raymond Helton
-Spur Club: Maggie Blandin
-Stampede Riders: Meredith Miller
-Wrangler Concessions: Rachel Wood
-Wrangler Hideout: Ruth Walter
“It’s always a pleasure to see our hard working volunteers get the well-deserved recognition from their peers,” said John DeWitt, Wranglers General Chairman, “Ruth has been a longtime volunteer for the Stampede and we appreciate everything that she does!”
Ruth will be recognized during the July 2nd rodeo at the 2018 Greeley Stampede. Along with her Top Hand of the Year award, Ruth will receive a custom made hat by Greeley Hat Works.