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National Day of the Cowboy Keeper Award

Brent Slutsky, National Spokesperson for the National Day of the Cowboy organization, present Steve and Marcie Shaw with the 2019 “Cowboy Keeper Award.”

October 13, 2019: Each year since 2006, the National Day of the Cowboy has selected individuals and organizations that have contributed significantly to the preservation of pioneer heritage and cowboy culture. The preservation of a heritage depends on those with a willingness to share its history and its culture. In this way, these esteemed recipients have demonstrated a commitment to the protection of this precious heritage. The National Day of the Cowboy is grateful for the privilege of recognizing Steve and Marcie Shaw and Great American Adventures with the 2019 “Cowboy Keeper Award”.

A few “attaboys/girls”: 

“As one who has been on their Vendetta Ride twice, I can assure you, Steve and Marcie Shaw go to great lengths to provide as authentic an old west experience as possible. Through their rides, they share their passion for western history and cowboy culture in a way that also works to preserve this heritage.”
Brent Slutsky (Hondo), National Spokesperson National Day of the Cowboy

CONGRATULATIONS and well deserved!!!! I believe you have taken the intent of the “National Day of the Cowboy” to its highest level. Not only do your “Adventures” memorialize the “The Life and Times of the Cowboy,” you provide the opportunity for your riders to relive those times in the actual locations with historical accuracy! Bravo to you both!!!
Ron Lillard

This is fantastic and well deserved. You and Marcie have developed a portal into the past that no one else could have done or even recreate. Others can offer rides, but you and Marcie have birthed (for lack of a better word) a family who has grown to love and respect one another off the trail. In our GAA family, we visit, email, talk on the phone, send Christmas cards and such with the love of any family member. Think about it, you gathered a group of people who saddled up and bonded for life, we ride for the brand. How cool is that!!  Congratulation, my friend!!
Kevin Hogge

Congratulations! What a wonderful and thoroughly deserving recognition of GAA and you personally. A terrific tribute to your hard work, attention to detail, organizational skills, customer focus, relationship building, and infectious sense of fun. All the best and continued success! Cheers!
Art & Marylee Ferranti

Proclamation Great American Adventures

Proclamation Great American Adventures

City of Tombstone Proclamation

October 15, 2018: Don Taylor, Tombstone’s Official Historian for the last 10 years, presents to Steve & Marcie Shaw, Owners of Great American Adventures, LLC, a Proclamation and Key to the City from the city and mayor of Tombstone in recognition of their 10th Anniversary of “Wyatt Earp’s Vendetta Ride.”

Awards Great American Adventures

Film Awards

October 21, 2018: The Wild Bunch Film Festival, Willcox, AZ awards Great American Adventures’ “The Peace Makers: The Night of the Ripper” with four additional awards to complement 2017’s Best Screenplay Award.  These awards were for: Best Comedy Western – Festival Directors Choice; 2nd Place Best Movie Poster; and two awards for Best Child Actor – Matt and Parker May.  In total, our little film garnered 5 awards!!

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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.

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

GAA Presents 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 and loyalty over these many years.

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Photo by Marcie Shaw

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The State of Arizona sanctions

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Official Centennial Event

2011 / 2012

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“Reader’s Choice Award”

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Best Horse Trail Ride Out West

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Best of the West Tour Company

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Best of the West Tour Company


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

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

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

a. 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;  

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

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

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

b. 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;

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

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

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

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

a. 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;

a. Spotlights Great American Adventures

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

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

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

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

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

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

a. Lists Wyatt Earp’s Vendetta Ride with color photo

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

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

a. 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;

a. 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”

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

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

a. 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;

a. 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.