|1999||Cajun Kid & Firestick|
|2000||Marshal Harland Wolff & Lone Scout|
|2001||Oklahoma Charlie & Royal Barnes|
|Stinky Jim & Buckshot Bowers|
|2003||Layden Payde & Splinter Hauser|
|2004||Marshal Nate Tyler & Lobo Mac|
|2006||Sliphammer & Carolina Jack|
|2007||Carmille Enoich & JM Brown|
|2008||White Hair Trigger & Wicked Wanda|
|2011||Dingo Dave & Huckleberry Mike|
|2015||R. J. Gatling|
|2016||Paden Emmett Cobb & Sandhills Slim|
|2017 ||Three Cut|
Following are some of the characteristics and/or accomplishments of previous award winners to consider when putting together documentation for a nominee. These are intended as a guide of information for the type of documentation to provide. There are likely other items not listed that make a person stand out for the club so feel free to describe them as well. A form is provided to fill in some of the basic information described below. Any addition information may be included in the space provided or attached separately.
Again the NCCI Board encourages every club to submit a nomination for the 2018 NC State Championship.
The NC Top Hand Award program was started in 1999 by the Old North State Posse in order to recognize NC cowboys and cowgirls who had made a major contribution to cowboy action shooting in North Carolina. Since the formation of the North Carolina Cowboys Inc. the Top Hand Award has been promoted as part of the NC State Championship.
Over time the award program has evolved to the current state, becoming an annual award program with award winners announced as part of the Championship award ceremonies. Nominations are made via the active cowboy action shooting clubs in NC. Any local club member can initiate a nomination for their club - it is not restricted to club management. NCCI will initiate a call for nominations 3 or 4 months prior to the Championship match. Nominations should identify the cowboy or cowgirl who is deserving of recognition for their work along with documentation of their major achievements associated with cowboy action shooting. A list of some of the characteristics of previous award recipients is offered below for help in the documentation of the nominees contributions. A template is also provided for this documentation process or you can free form the information as you prefer. Each North Carolina club is encouraged to submit a nomination.