The secret is out. The 84
Texas Cowboy Reunion Rodeo Hostess, Patsy Richards, was formally introduced at the 2016 TCR Hostess Reveal Luncheon on Saturday, May 28 marking the official start of summer in Stamford.
Leading up to the TCR, members of the community will host various parties to honor the Hostess. Making for a fun-filled month of June for the Hostess and the town of Stamford. During the TCR, she will be introduced at each rodeo performance and ride in the parade.
Selecting an official hostess for the TCR is a longstanding tradition dating back to the beginning of the TCR in 1930. A local woman is selected to welcome visitors to the TCR and feed the barrel racers - known back then as sponsors- competing at the TCR.
The Hostess, back then, did everything from making room and board arrangements to hosting a formal ball and breakfast for the barrel racers. Today, the Hostess prepares a nice lunch for the barrel racers riding during slack, since most of them don’t stay through the four days of the TCR.
Patsy’s caring and upbeat spirit, and love for Stamford makes her a perfect fit to be the official greeter of Stamford during the 86
Texas Cowboy Reunion. Patsy is a Big Country native, born and raised in Abilene by her parents Ed and Audrey Edwards.
She grew up spending summer days skiing at Lake Ft. Phantom and Possum Kingdom with her parents and siblings, Tammy and Rodney. Skiing is a pastime she still enjoys today with her husband Erick Richards, children Jake, Sarah and Keith, and daughter-in-law Caitlin.
Love is what brought Patsy to Stamford and love is what led Patsy to make Stamford her home. Pasty and Erick met at a wedding in Stamford where Erick was a groomsmen and the bride was Patsy’s cousin. They were married on December 31, 1997 and ever since then Stamford has been Patsy’s home.
Patsy’s caring heart has served the Stamford Memorial Hospital System for 16 years.
During that time, she’s been a home health registered nurse and the infection control nurse.
“Patsy is one of those rare people who folks just feel drawn to,” Rick DeFoore, CEO of Stamford Healthcare System said. “She’s positive, caring and thoughtful. I couldn’t imagine a better TCR hostess.”
For the past two years, she’s cared for Country Elegance’s residents while managing the assisted living center.
“There is something special about caring for other’s loved ones, and helping them enjoy life that brings me joy,” Patsy said.
Enjoying life to the fullest is just Patsy’s nat
ure. She has a celebratory essence that is contagious. Her calendar is marked with not only the birthdays of family and friends, but also any and every national holiday worthy of celebrating. Some of her favorites are margarita day, pie day and say nice words day.
As a mom of three Bulldogs, Patsy is a frequent attendee to Bulldog sporting events, especially this next year with Sarah being a varsity cheerleader and Keith starting high school football. Her children keep her busy in the spring as well showing pigs at stock shows across the state. It is safe to say downtime for Patsy is scarce during the school year.
Patsy has been involved in the community through her children’s, along with the serving on the School Health Advisory Committee. Her encouraging personality also led her to join the Stamford Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors two years ago to bring out the best in Stamford.
The love Pasty has for Stamford is evident and this summer Stamford will get to celebrate her as she welcomes all to Stamford for the TCR.
“Being the Hostess is the biggest honor in Stamford,” Patsy said. “The TCR is a huge part of Stamford and one of the things that makes it special. I can’t wait to be the official greeter.”