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Hayley Dandridge Honored on National Day of the Cowboy


By Nancy Patterson

The late Hayley C. Dandridge of Senatobia, Miss. was honored on July 22, 2017 as part of the National Day of the Cowboy Celebration held each year at Bryant Lane Cowboy Church in Sarah, Miss.  

In 2013 the Mississippi Legislature passed a resolution making Mississippi one of a handful of states that celebrates the National Day of the Cowboy annually on the fourth Saturday in July.

Rep. Nolan Mettetal of Sardis discussed the resolution, which had been read by Elder Rip Copeland. Part of the resolution says, “… the core values expressed within the Cowboy Code of Conduct continue to inspire the pursuit of the highest caliber of personal integrity.  …Today's cowboys and cowgirls continue to strive to preserve and perpetuate this unique element of America's heritage.”

Dandridge was a farmer, cattleman, and horseman who is credited with establishing the breed of Appaloosa horses in this part of Mississippi. He died in 1998.

This marks the fifth year for the annual recognition ceremony. Dandridge joins other honorees, Bill Lipscomb, Monroe Short III, both posthumously; Lawrence “Bud” Young who was given the National Cowboy Keeper Award; and Dr. Jim Taylor. Dandridge was a horseman, cattleman, and farmer who resided in eastern Tate County.

The National Day of the Cowboy is observed annually on the fourth Saturday in July. This day “is set aside to celebrate the contributions of the Cowboy and Cowgirl to America’s culture and heritage.” The first celebration was in 2005, and currently, eleven states recognize this day. The era of the cowboy began after the Civil War in the heart of Texas. The life of a cowboy required a particular ability to live in a frontier world. To do so requires respect, loyalty and a willingness to work hard. Find more information at:
Family photo cutline: Accepting the award on behalf of Dandridge were (front row, l to r) great-grandchildren Garrett and Bella Hayes of Hernando; BLCC Elder Rip Copeland; daughter Nancy Dandridge Patterson of Senatobia; great-granddaughter Caroline D. Gibert of Memphis. (back row, l to r) grandson Jason Gibert of Memphis; granddaughter Hayley Hayes and husband Nathan, of Hernando; son-in-law Howard Patterson of Senatobia; senior BLCC elder Woody Key; and granddaughter Olivia DeMuth and husband Matt of Senatobia.

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