The Silver Spurs Club honors 2016 Coca Cola Cowboy and Women’s Lifetime Achievement Recipients
Kenansville, Fla. (January 27, 2016) – The Silver Spurs Club honored its 2016 Coca Cola Cowboy and Women’s Lifetime Achievement award recipients at a reception at the Silver Spurs’ ranch in Kenansville on Friday, January 22nd. Herb Harbin and Henry Fletcher were honored as Coca Cola Cowboys; Barbara Harbin and Pat May received the Lifetime Achievement award. These prestigious awards recognize Osceola County residents who have worked to promote the ranching and rodeo way of life.
Herb and Barbara Harbin met during their junior high school years in the late 1950s, and were married in 1966. They moved to Osceola County (from Orlando) in 1982 and were members of the Silver Spurs Club by 1984. During rodeo events, Herb served on the stock committee and helped behind the chutes, while Barbara worked in the concession stands. Barbara retired from the Osceola County Clerk’s office after 24 years; Herb managed ranches and worked in fertilizer sales during his career. They have three children – Melissa Harbin, Jennifer Long (Aaron), and Dustin Harbin (Victoria) – and five grandchildren. They’ve been loyal, hard-working Spurs members over the years.
Pat May has lived in Osceola County for most of her life. She and her late husband, Al, joined the Silver Spurs Club in 1981 after volunteering for seven years. Pat worked in the concession stands and helped with marketing the rodeo events by distributing posters to western stores across the state. Professionally, Pat travels the southeast as a sales representative for two different western lifestyle companies. Pat has two daughters, Michelle (an Osceola County resident) and Beckie (who lives in Oklahoma), and a granddaughter, Ashley Holl, making three generations of Spurs members in the Al and Pat May family.
Henry Fletcher’s family moved from Georgia to Pasco County, Florida to Osceola County, Florida during his childhood. Henry, an Army veteran, joined the Silver Spurs Club in the early 1980s. Henry and his wife, Jovida, have one son, Mike Fletcher, two grandsons, and a great-grandson. Henry owned and operated Osceola TV for more than 20 years. During rodeo events, he helped the late John Garrett in providing sound for the outdoor arena.
The largest rodeo east of the Mississippi, Silver Spurs Rodeo, is the work of the Silver Spurs Club, an all-volunteer, non-profit organization started in 1941 by Osceola County ranchers who began the rodeo in 1944, selling war bonds as admission to raise funds for our military.