The late Hayley C. Dandridge of Senatobia, Miss. was recognized July 22 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 on the fourth Saturday in July, yearly.
Rep. Nolan Mettetal of Sardis discussed the passing 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.