Walt Secrest inducted into MT Cowboy Hall of Fame

Thursday, September 27, 2018

File photo by Andrew Turck

Walt Secrest brings his horse, One-Eye, into a trailer the morning of March 10, 2016 after taking an 11 a.m. ride in Hardin from the railroad tracks to Reese & Rays IGA to celebrate his 84th birthday. Now 86, the Hardin resident was honored with the Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame’s Living Award.

On Monday, the Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame & Western Heritage Center (MCHF & WHC) announced the eleventh class of inductions into the Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame. The inductees were chosen from a field of candidates nominated by the general public. Inductees are honored for their notable contributions to the history and culture of Montana.

Of these inductees, Walter Lee “Walt” Secrest of Hardin was honored with the Hall of Fame’s Living Award.

“Our volunteer trustees around Montana vote on nominations that come from the district in which they reside,” said Bill Galt, MCHF & WHC President. “This process gives the local communities a strong voice in who will represent them in the Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame exists to honor those who have made an impact in their part of the state and represent Montana’s authentic heritage for future generations.”

The MCHF & WHC board of directors has designated 12 trustee districts across the state from which up to 20 trustees may be appointed. Nomination criteria established by the board for the Class of 2018 inductions allowed the election of one Living Inductee and one Legacy Inductee from each of the 12 districts.

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