Westernaires Receive "Living Landmark" Award


Alumnus Greg Whitaker and Director Glen E. Keller, Jr. with Greg's art portraying a matched team of horses.

On May 17th, 2013 the Golden Landmark Association, one of the oldest historical preservation institutions in the state of Colorado, designated the Westernaires a “Living Landmark” at an awards dinner and ceremony at Mount Vernon Country Club.

Also at that ceremony, the Westernaires Board of Directors recognized the commitment of Glen E. Keller Jr., who has served as the Director of Westernaires for the past 30 years.  A copy of this recognition is now on display in the Equestrian Center at Fort Westernaire.

Westernaires founder, Mr. Elmer E. Wyland, passed away on May 21st, 1983.  The Westernaires board of directors appointed Keller as his successor the following day.  

The Westernaires board commissioned a piece of art from Westernaire alumnus Greg Whitaker (1993 graduate) as a token of their appreciation for Keller's dedication.  The picture portrays a team of horses being driven: a particularly meaningful subject matter, as Keller demonstrates his love of driving at each year’s National Western Stock Show parade.  Several Westernaire board members, as well as Greg Whitaker, attended the ceremony.

The Alumni Association congratulates Westernaires for this very honorable distinction, and commends Glen E. Keller, Jr. for his success and dedication.

The commemorative plaque placed on the new artwork

Proclamation made by the Westernaires board of directors to honor Glen E. Keller, Jr.'s award