Bronze Wrangler

The Bronze Wrangler is an award presented annually by the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum at the Western Heritage Awards to honor the top works in Western music, film, television and literature.

Bronze Wrangler
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"The Wrangler" in bronze
Awarded forBest in Western film and television
Country United States
Presented byNational Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
First awarded1961

The awards were first presented in 1961. The Wrangler is a bronze sculpture of a cowboy on horseback, and is designed by artist John Free.

The awards program also recognizes inductees into the prestigious Hall of Great Westerners and the Hall of Great Western Performers as well as the recipient of the Chester A. Reynolds Memorial Award, named in honor of the Museum’s founder.

Award categoriesEdit

Film and televisionEdit

  • Theatrical Motion Picture
  • Television Feature Film
  • Factual Narrative
  • Factual Television Program (awarded from 1961 until 1989)
  • Fictional Television Drama
  • Western Documentary


  • Art Books
  • Folklore Books
  • Juvenile Books
  • Magazine Article
  • News Featurette
  • Nonfiction Book
  • Outstanding Photography Book
  • Poetry Book
  • Short Stories
  • Western Novel


  • Music
  • Outstanding Original Western Composition
  • Outstanding Traditional Western Album

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