Mark is a three-time top-five nominee for the International Western Music Association Male Poet of the Year; the 2018 National Cowboy Poetry Rodeo ‘Silver Buckle Champion’; 2017 NCPR ‘Rising Star’ Champion; and a 2017 inductee to the Adirondack Cowboy Hall of Fame.
The ranch man, descendant of horse-folk and cow-losopher performs his original Cowboy Poetry regularly and reveals that “in my heart, I knew I was meant to live the cowboy ways. An’ whilst life situations didn’t always allow the fate, along the bumpy trail, I made a hand, biddin’ my skills with horses, cows, cowboys, cowgirls, and too many fences.”
Mark is an ardent preserver and promoter of cowboy and western culture in everyday actions as well as the Trail Boss of ‘Cowboy Poetry’ (12,500+ member Facebook Group) and current President of the International Western Music Association Western Wordsmiths Chapter. Mark captures and shares that which embodies the spirit of ‘cow-folk’ and blazes the trail for young cowfolk to follow. He enjoys sharing the: values; principles, truth (albeit with poetic license); and pride in cowboy and Western culture.