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Great American Adventures

Screenwriter Award

October 21, 2017: The Wild Bunch Film Festival, Willcox, AZ awards Steve Shaw the Screenwriter award for his script for his movie, “The Peace Makers: The Night of the Ripper.”  Presenting the Award is Charlie LeSueur, Western Film Historian and author.





Great American Adventures

Pictured: Rodeo Rankin, Faith Rankin, Steve & Marcie Shaw

GAA Presents the Coveted Great American Adventures Cowboy Adventurer Award

September 27, 2017: Steve & Marcie Shaw, owners of Great American Adventures, LLC recognizes John Rankin, aka “Rodeo Rankin,” for his consistent, unwavering loyalty to GAA’s Historic Old West Horseback Rides.  Rodeo Rankin joined our rides back in 2005 with our “Custer’s Ride to Glory” at the Little Bighorn, MT.  Since then, Rodeo has been on 15 rides over the 14 years we have been offering them.  With GAA, Rodeo has followed in the hoofprints of General George A. Custer, Quanah Parker, Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid, Jeremiah Johnson, Billy the Kid, Wyatt Earp, John Wayne, Jesse James, Kit Carson, and was featured in our “Ride the REEL West” movie.  On Wednesday evening, during our week long adventure “Jesse James’ Great Train Robbery” in Silverton, CO, Rodeo Rankin was presented with a matted & framed “Proclamation” attesting to his 15 rides and accomplishments plus a metal sculpture of the Great American Adventures logo… the Gunfighter and rearing horse. 

Rodeo… Marcie and I thank you and your wife, Faith, for your friendship over the years.



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Photo Contest 2012


Wyatt Earp’s Vendetta Ride

Photo by Marcie Shaw





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Wyatt Earp’s Vendetta Ride


Official Centennial Event

2011 / 2012


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“Reader’s Choice Award”

Wyatt Earp’s Vendetta Ride


Best Horse Trail Ride Out West






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21. Cowboy & Indians magazine, July 2016 issue, Summer Travel Issue, p. 40:

Article in “Open Range” section entitled “Ride Back in Time.”

20. Cowboys & Indians magazine, May/June 2016 “Best of the West” issue, p. 125. 

Great American Adventures is Number 2 out of 10 “Equitrek Around the World.”

19. Cowboys & Indians magazine, July 2014 Summer Travel Issue, pgs. 43-44;  

Article in their “Open Range” section with color photo.

18. Western Shooting Horse magazine, June-July 2014 issue, pgs. 48-52;  

Five-page article on Steve & Marcie Shaw & Great American Adventures’ Historic Old West Horseback Rides.

Includes full spread group photo from John Wayne’s Monument Valley Ride, photo of us and from Vendetta Ride.

17. American Cowboy magazine, John Wayne Collector’s Edition, June 2014, p. 38;

Article on “John Wayne’s Monument Valley Ride.”

Note the outstanding, full page, color ad for GAA on page 2!

16. American Cowboy magazine, Legends – Outlaws & Lawmen, 2013 Collector’s Edition, p. 55;

Highlights “Wyatt Earp’s Vendetta Ride” as one of Five Great Outlaw Trail Rides.

Note the outstanding, full page, color ad for GAA on page 1!!

15. American Cowboy magazine, April/May 2013, issue, p.77;

Mentions Great American Adventures’ horseback ride in Sicily, “The Ride with No Name”

14. American Cowboy magazine, Legends of Western Cinema, 2012 Collector’s Edition, p. 84;

Spotlights Great American Adventures

13. Horse & Rider magazine, August 2011 issue, p. 59;

Names Billy the Kid’s Regulator Ride and Wyatt Earp’s Vendetta Ride as two of their Top 50 Great Events /

And two of four Top Trail Rides in the United States.

12. Ranch & Reata online magazine, June/July 2011, p. 48-51;

Highlights Butch Cassidy’s Hole-in-the-Wall Ride, with five color photos

11. American Cowboy magazine, June/July 2011 issue, p. 4;

Lists Wyatt Earp’s Vendetta Ride with color photo

Read subscriber’s comment, American Cowboy Mailbag – June/July 2011 issue, page 25.

10. Horse & Rider magazine, February 2011 issue, p. 48;

Names Wyatt Earp’s Vendetta Ride in their Top 50 Great Escapes

  9. Arizona sanctions Wyatt Earp’s Vendetta Ride as an Official Centennial Event – February, 2011.

  8. True West magazine, March 2011 issue, pages 72 – 73;

Read Darley Newman’s (of TV’s Equitrekking) story, “Making History on Horseback”

  7. Listen to Great American Adventures’ Global Radio Spot: Click Here – launched February 2011.

  6. True West magazine, “Best Horse Trail Ride Out West for 2011”

“Reader’s Choice Award” goes to… Wyatt Earp’s Vendetta Ride.

  5. American Cowboy magazine, June/July 2010 issue, p. 35;

Feature article on Butch Cassidy’s Hole-in-the-Wall Ride

  4. True West magazine’s “Best of the West” Tour Company Award for 2009 & 2010.

  3. True West magazine, June 2009 issue, last page;

Read the interview with Steve & Marcie Shaw: “What History Taught Me”

  2. True West magazine, June 2009 Cover Shot by Marcie Shaw, taken during June 2008 Custer’s Ride to Glory.

  1. True West magazine’s Bob Boze Bell reviews my novel, “Beyond the Rio Grande,” September 2007 issue, p. 8.