Annie learns a lesson from Georgie Sicking. Annie Mackenzie recites "To Be a Top Hand" by Georgie Sicking during the "Paying Tribute show at the 39th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Jordan Valley, OR
While known as the family rambler, Annie Mackenzie has her roots planted firmly at the fourth-generation family ranch in southeast Oregon. Thirty miles north of the small town of Jordan Valley, she spends her days helping her family tend cattle, start horses, and manage the unruly pack of border collies that inhabit the place. Annie has held a variety of jobs over the years but found herself continually returning home to help out, and now she's back where she feels she belongs—out on the range with her family. Her love of the land and way of life has inspired many a poem and song about the animals and people that live in her beloved High Desert.
"To Be a Top Hand" poem by Georgie Sicking.
Filmed in front of a live audience with help from the E. L. Wiegand Foundation at the Western Folklife Center’s G Three Bar Theater on Feb. 2, 2024.
Made possible by the multitude of staff, artists, volunteers, and community members working behind the scenes to make this show happen.
Brought to you by the Western Folklife Center, using story and cultural expression to connect the American West to the world.