Special to the Leader
The fourth Saturday in July has been designated as “National Day of the American Cowboy,” a day to recognize those who contribute to the western culture in America, be they ranchers, rodeo athletes, artists, poets or musicians.
On July 20, 29 cowboys and cowgirls, representing each county in the state of Utah were honored for their contribution to the preservation of Utah’s cowboy culture. Jack Forsberg, Box Elder County cowboy and retired teacher brand inspector, represented the county well as this year’s honoree.
Forsberg lives where he was born, and likes it that way. Now retired, he has time to make custom saddles and ride colts, something he has done most of his life.
Always the cowboy, he participated in high school rodeos, then at college and even did a stint in the Rodeo Cowboys Association.
In 1983, he was a founding member of the Utah Reined Cowhorse Association. That same year he began to put on his own clinics for showing reined cowhorses and horse work and shared his knowledge and abilities with others. Forsberg was the focus of a 1990s documentary on working with colts done by KSL.
Since then he has judged many Reined Cowhorse events and won many championship of his own, including the Montana Futurity Championship. The cowboy life he loves has brought him the greatest enjoyment and he treasures the relationships he has forged from his life on the back of a horse.