Waddie Spirit Award

END of TRAIL is proud to welcome waddies from all over the country traveling to Founders Ranch, New Mexico to help celebrate in the cowboy spirit by volunteering their time and hard work to make END of TRAIL the best Cowboy Action Shooting Event in the world. END of TRAIL waddies receive the symbolic $1 a day and feed for their hard work, but as anyone who has ever been a waddie knows, they deserve so much more.

Each year, END of TRAIL organizers, the Single Action Shooting Society, and the Waddie staff acknowledges and recognizes an exceptional Waddie with the well deserved title: WADDIE SPIRIT Award.

Past Waddie Spirit Award Recipients:

2002 - Lobo Blanco, SASS #3808

2003 - Night Hunter, SASS #14043

2004 - Fancyfree, SASS #23612

2005 - Footloose, SASS #1797

2006 - Shane Colt, SASS #8262 and Green Bay, SASS #1400

2007 - Laylow Curley, SASS #57501

2008 - Twinkie Bodin, SASS #56459

2009 - Captain Cooper, SASS #43639

2010 - Verda Valeria, SASS #76267

2011 - Riverside Ruger, SASS #324

2012 - Yul Lose, SASS #74578

2013- Hank Dodge, SASS #16127

2014- Brodie Lane, SASS #71616

2015- El Vaquero Malo, SASS #89077

2016- Captain Wes Texas, SASS #104389

2017- Hot Cole, SASS #34888


Waddies are a crucial workforce for END of TRAIL. The success of the event as a whole hinges upon the dedication of the folks who sign up to volunteer their time as Waddies. These renowned folks play an immeasurable role in the success of END of TRAIL!

Definition: the word "Waddie" originates in the true American Old West. A Waddie is defined as: One of the words for cowboy, especially a cowboy who drifted from ranch to ranch and helped out in busy times.

Just like the waddies of the Old West, END of TRAIL waddies are Cowboys who come to Founders Ranch to help out in our busiest time- END of TRAIL! In exchange for your volunteering as an END of TRAIL waddie, you'll receive your meals when working, camping, parking, and many other goodies exclusive to waddies! You'll earn a gold dollar a day as an homage to the true Old West waddies, and- earn points toward SASS membership, merchandise, Founders Ranch Range fees, and even EOT Entries! 

Interested in being a Waddie?

The END of TRAIL schedule is jam-packed with opportunities for you to help. Whether you have just a few hours here and there, want to volunteer for a special event or task, or if you'd like to attend END of TRAIL as a Full time Waddie, we'd sure love to have you!


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