2017 Wyoming Cowboy Hall Of Fame Induction




Casper, Wyoming - 47 new faces and stories have been inducted into The Wyoming Cowboy Hall Of Fame. The ceremony beginning at 11 am Sunday, featured standout cowboys that helped shape the state with their dedication and hard work.


2 cowgirls and 45 cowboys join the likes of 9 women and 132 men in the Wyoming Cowboy Hall Of Fame. These hall of famers, hailing from all over the state, each with their own story.


“I think it's always a good feeling when you can bring recognition to people that are humble people. They've never had this recognition for the most part. And all of a sudden, their neighbors knew they were great cowboys, but this gives them a chance to share with the rest of the world the assets they have,” said Scott Ratliff the Chairman of the Wyoming Cowboy Hall Of Fame.


The ceremony had both live and silent auctions to break up the induction, giving families time to celebrate the recognition of their loved ones. Some celebrating with their hall of famer. Others accepting the award on their behalf.


“He was a very good cowman, he enjoyed livestock and horses,” said Andy Gray.


Andy accepted the award on behalf of his father, William Gray. William lived in Douglas and worked with his family raising cattle. He also worked at Cheyenne Frontier Days and shortly after served in Korea.


“It was very touching, there's a lot of us here and we really appreciated it,” said Gray.


One of two females inducted this year, Dail Knori, had quite the family legacy. Her grandmother was the first white child born in Jackson Hole. One of Knori's more notable skills was riding bareback while she did her chores.


“When it was 20 below zero, it was warmer to ride bareback,” said Knori. “I felt very humbled when they notified me that I had [won]. It was very humbling and very special.”


The ceremony was joined by the likes of Senator Enzi, who say's he has been to every hall of fame induction.


“This is one of the most thrilling things I get to do all year; is watch the way the families appreciate this person that has sacrificed for them for a lifetime. They're phenomenal individuals that have built Wyoming,” said Senator Enzi.


The Wyoming Cowboy Hall Of Fame is now 11 women and 177 men strong until next year when 50 or so more residents will be inducted.