Sarah Sal Forbes inducted into portrait gallery

Jan 9, 2009
by WLJ
Sarah “Sal” Forbes inducted into portrait gallery

Sarah “Sal” Forbes of Sheridan, WY, was honored as the first woman inducted into the Saddle and Sirloin Club’s portrait gallery at a Nov. 16, 2008, ceremony.

The presentation was at the Executive West Hotel during the North American International Livestock Exposition (NAILE) on Nov. 8-12 in Louisville, KY. Forbes was recognized as a “significant, historical

and influential leader in the livestock industry,” according to the Saddle and Sirloin Club. Each year, an industry leader is selected by peers to be inducted into the portrait collection. About 100 letters were received on behalf of Forbes for her induction into the gallery, according to Forbes.

“Everybody did a lot of work to make it happen,” said Forbes.

The Forbes family owns Beckton Stock Farm in Sheridan, home of the foundation Red Angus breed. “Her (Forbes) accomplishments in beef production, livestock organization leadership, and general influence on the livestock industry are numerous,” according to Dorothy Spencer of NAILE.

As for being the first woman inductee, Forbes said it was very exciting. “They got brave enough to try a woman,” she said of the gallery that features more than 340 portraits.

Overall, Forbes said the honor was “humbling.” “A lot of people wrote for me—a great many people,” she said. The program included a presentation of Forbes’ biography, her influence on youth, the impact of the Beckton herd on the industry, and Forbes as a role model, among other topics. Portrait artist Richard Halstead spent a week with Forbes in Sheridan as he worked on the portrait.

The portrait was hung “with a time-honored ceremony reflecting the traditions of artistic quality and great sentimental and historical value,” according to the Saddle and Sirloin Club. The Saddle and Sirloin Club’s portrait gallery was established in 1903. Portraits hang in the gallery at the exposition center, the largest gallery of portraits devoted to a single industry, according to the club. — WLJ