Tough Enough to Wear Pink is a nationally recognized campaign for rodeos and western events to help promote breast cancer awareness and fundraising to benefit local communities.
Cowboys, cowgirls and spectators are encouraged to wear PINK in support of this worthwhile program!
We are pleased Providence St. Mary Foundation partners with us each year for this event.
Are YOU tough enough to wear PINK?
This award began in 2008 to honor the Cowboys and Cowgirls of our valley who have participated as a contestant in the Walla Walla Fair & Frontier Days arena, exemplified the "cowboy way of life" and had the courage and stamina to blaze a trail for future generations.
Brent Palmer was born in Goldendale, Washington in 1952 to Wick and Patsy Palmer. Growing up, Brent went to high school in Goldendale and was a successful athlete, excelling in basketball and football. He also helped his dad run a cattle ranch in Jordan Valley, Oregon. Brent attended Walla Walla Community College and was a two-sport athlete, excelling in basketball and rodeo. He was a member of the basketball team that won two league titles. He also attended Eastern Oregon University where he was a member of the rodeo team. He graduated with a degree in teaching.
After college, he had a teaching career and taught at schools including Goldendale, Centerville, and Wasco. Brent also competed in the PRCA with the tie-down roping being his main event. Throughout his career, he has won titles at many Columbia River Circuit rodeos including Nampa, Joseph, and Bremerton. In 1981, along with Chuck Maiden, Brent furnished the cattle for the steer tripping at the Walla Walla Rodeo. This led to him becoming partners with his brother-in-law. the late Dave Smith, and starting a stock contracting business. From 1985-1995 Brent furnished all the timed event cattle at the Walla-Walla Rodeo. He has also furnished steers at the National Finals nine times.
To this day, Brent continues to furnish cattle for rodeos all around the country. He is also an Assistant Coach for the rodeo team at Walla Walla Community College, a position he has held since 1985. Brent and his wife of 36 years, Linda, have two sons, Brock and Bryce both of whom are successful PRCA ropers.
Kelli Currin was born July 13, 1963 in to Wilbur & Jeannie Fletcher. From an early age her grandparents, Glen and Vernice Fletcher, introduced her to horses and the stage was set. Kelli rode many of her grandparent’s horses in barrels, poles and cutting. She followed in her sister’s footsteps, competing in Valley Girls Barrel racing where she won junior and senior divisions over the years and numerous times in open as well as Futurity & Maturity divisions. She and her sisters also competed in High School rodeo which culminated with a win in cow cutting in Huron, South Dakota. College rodeo naturally came next and Kelli won the College National Finals three times. In 1985, she was 5th in the nation and 2nd in the nation in 1986.
Kelli was not only an avid competitor but she trained and raced her homegrown colts in futurities & derbies. All of her horses were bred by her family. Kelli trained Bella Bar Biankus, using her in the college finals, WPRA and Columbia River Circuit. On Bella‘s sibling, Captain Biankus, she competed in the Columbia River Circuit finals 25 times, winning five titles through 1988-1995. In 2004, she won the title on Captain’s son, Bank on Biankus.
Kelli qualified for the NFR in 1990 and 1991. She placed and won many prestigious rodeos along the way. Kelli’s time is now focused on her kids and family and continuing the blood line her grandfather started with the Biankus blood lines.
Steer Wrestler Brad Gleason built a reputation over his career as one of the most consistent competitors in his event in the PRCA. That consistency paid off in 1997 when he won the PRCA's World Champion Steer Wrestling Title. Gleason finished 1997 with a gold buckle and $120,890, a PRCA single-year earnings record in steer wrestling.
Brad was born and raised in Ennis, Montana to parents Larry and Ruby Gleason. Brad has one brother, Dr. Shawn Gleason, DVM who practices veterinary medicine in Corvallis, Montana. Brad received his Bachelor of Science degree in secondary education from Western Montana College in Dillon, Montana where he had a full scholarship over four years to play basketball. But it was in the rodeo arena where the soft spoken 6 foot 5 inch Gleason would make his mark. He qualified for the Wrangler NFR 8 times, winning many major rodeos over his career including Houston, Salinas, Ellensburg, Greeley, St. Paul, Prescott, Ponoka , Oakdale, the Cow Palace, the Pendleton Round-Up, and the Walla Walla Fair and Frontier Days Rodeo. In 2006 Brad achieved another goal of becoming a PRCA Million-Dollar earning cowboy.
Gleason finished as the PRCA's Reserve World Champion in 1992 and 1994, he didn't qualify for the NFR in 1996, but after winning a World Title and gold buckle in 1997 he said he had learned from the past. "I'm never going to be disappointed with being second in the world, but it was nice to win one for a change."
Today Brad and his wife of 24 years, Karen, make their home just outside of Touchet, raising and training barrel racing horses. Brad and Karen have also established their own reputable herd of cattle which Brad manages together with the 9 Mile Ranch for the new owners, Josh and Kristin Dykes. Every fall Brad enjoys staying connected to the rodeos by working behind the scenes producing the annual Walla Walla Fair and Frontier Days Rodeo.
Bobby Marriott and Matt Twitchell are two of the best cowboys and Pick-Up Men in the business.
Both exemplify the true heart of a cowboy – they are accomplished horsemen, ultimate professionals, and each, through hard work and dedication, has earned the respect of their peers and contestants alike.