Steve Alder named 2013 Justin Committeeman of the Year
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At Justin Boots we are sure to give credit when credit is due. Steve Alder is no exception. His contributions to the Ellensburg PRCA Rodeo, in Ellensburg, Washington have not gone unnoticed and we are more than thrilled to award him the Justin Committeeman of the Year award. "The Justin Boot Company takes a great deal of pride in our various programs designed to recognize those who not only support our western lifestyle, but go above and beyond in their individual contributions and dedication to the sport of pro rodeo. The Justin Boots Committeeman of the Year holds particular significance for us, as it was initiated by John Justin, Jr., a life-long supporter of rodeo and former rodeo committeeman with the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo. We salute the efforts of Steve Alder in carrying this legacy forward," said Randy Watson, Chairman and CEO of Justin Brands.


Unaware that he was even nominated for the award made it that more special to Alder, "I am still numb by the news and afraid I will wake up tomorrow and find out it was just a dream." Owner of Alder Custom Woodworking since 1976, Alder has been a dedicated Ellensburg Rodeo volunteer for 24 years. As a member of the Ellensburg Rodeo Board of Directors he served as President in 2002 and 2003, and has served in most of the other executive board positions as well. During his time with the Ellensburg Rodeo he has assisted with everything from seating, to sound, to the announcer booth and the ticket office.


Each year 100 PRCA rodeos are selected to participate in the John Justin Standard of the West Award program with each one selecting an outstanding volunteer. Each recipient is awarded a custom embroidered pair of Justin Boots in recognition of their excellence. Then each October a ballot listing the 100 recipients is sent to every PRCA rodeo committee to vote for the Justin Committeeman or woman of the year.


"The Justin Committeeman of the Year is such a prestigious award because it represents the outstanding work of our rodeo committee personnel," said PRCA Commissioner Karl Stressman. "The majority of our PRCA rodeos are operated by volunteers who give of their personal time year after year because of their passion for ProRodeo. We couldn't make our sport work without these great individuals. Congratulations to Steve Alder and the Ellensburg Rodeo."