By Sandra Haschemeyer
He has been described as the “consummate cowboy.”
The late Wilbur “Webb” Parlier of Arenzville was recognized Sunday during the Western Horse Show held at the Coliseum on the state fairgrounds.
Parlier, 76, who died May 26, has been associated with the Illinois State Fair Western Horse Show for almost 50 years, serving as manager of the show for 37 years.
“He was a true cowboy at heart,” said Joel Werling, president of the Illinois Reining Horse Association (ILRHA). “He enjoyed teaching kids... and he had a passion for rodeos.
“He just made riders feel at ease,” Werling added, particularly novice riders.