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Henryetta resident Tammie Hiatt got a surprise Christmas gift early this past week.
She was named Women’s Professional Rodeo Association (WPRA) Outstanding Committee Woman of the year for 2023.tammie head shot
The award recognizes one female committee member/volunteer that has gone above and beyond in their local community to make the rodeo a success and/or who has been a staple of the local rodeo for numerous years.
She and her husband Mark Hiatt are affiliated with RE/MAX Double Diamond Properties and she is co-owner of Hiatt Window & Glass. Through her personal businesses she has stepped up and has sponsored the breakaway roping at the RAM Prairie Circuit Finals every year it has been part of the circuit finals.
She and husband Mark been involved with the Jim Shoulders Living Legends rodeo since its inception 30 years ago. She helped get the local rodeo sanctioned with both the WPRA and Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) five years ago. Since then, the Labor Day weekend event has attracted some of the best rodeo contestants from across the Untied States.
Hiatt has been a proponent of the WPRA and its members from the beginning and implemented tractor drags during the performance for the barrel racers long before it was requested. The rodeo also added breakaway roping with equal added money the first year the event expanded to any PRCA rodeo interested in having the event.
There were over 35 nominations for the award this year.
“Wow what a great honor to receive,” stated Hiatt upon learning of the award. “I never dreamed this award would go to someone at a small rodeo like ours. This is very exciting for me and our rodeo.”
She will be officially recognized during the WPRA Star Celebration with the Top 15 barrel racers Dec. 7 at the South Point Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas and will receive a custom made Montana Silversmiths buckle.
prairie awardThe Living Legends rodeo was named 2023 Rodeo of the Year by the Prairie Rodeo Circuit recently. That is awarded based on voting from the contestants participating in the rodeo.