Mather earns top honour

Ken Mather has been awarded the Joe Marten Memorial Award for the Preservation of Cowboy Heritage

Ken Mather

Ken Mather

A Spallumcheen author and historian has rounded up a prestigious honour.

Ken Mather has been awarded the Joe Marten Memorial Award for the Preservation of Cowboy Heritage by the B.C. Cowboy Heritage Society.

“I’m really honoured,” said Mather, who will receive the award March 14 during the Kamloops Cowboy Festival.

“If there is an audience I am writing for, it’s the ranching community. Through my involvement with research and cowboy festivals, I am more aware of the people in the industry and for them to honour me is significant. I wanted to tell their story.”

Mather was manager/curator of O’Keefe Ranch from 1984 to 2004, and he is still involved with the Rranch. He was also part of organizing B.C.’s first cowboy festival at O’Keefe Ranch and he introduced a ranch rodeo and working ranch horse competition.

As a result of 30 years of research, Mather has authored four books on the history of ranching B.C. and he also writes a column for The Morning Star.

“I regularly have people who come up to me and say they read my column in the paper,” he said.

He is a popular speaker on the history of ranching in B.C. and the origins of the North American cowboy, and he is also a writer and reciter of cowboy poetry.

Mather is currently working on a book about cattle drives from the U.S. into B.C. It has been commissioned by the University of Washington.

“I am well into it, but not sure when it will come out,” he said.

For more information about the B.C. Cowboy Heritage Society and the Kamloops Cowboy Festival, go to www.bcchs.com.