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In 1977 a tradition was established which recognized those members whose contributions to the ride and its success were so continuing, unselfish, and significant that special recognition was appropriate. The Tortugas Silver Belt Buckle was chosen as an award to recognize selected members. Recipients are chosen by the prior awardees.

1977 (1) Talega Cecil Martinez

1978 (2) Pulgas Lake Ace Bowen

1979 (3) Christianities Camp Cap Crowl

1980 (4) La Cresta Delane Kendall

1981 (5) Ysidora Flats John Hays

1982 (6) Pulgas Lake Keith Card

(7) Tom Terry

1984 (8) Palomar Mountain Bill Ewing

1985 (9) Case Springs Charlie Miller

(10) Del Goodwin

1987 (11) Las Pulgas Marc Kennedy

(12) Tony McDowell

1989 (13) Las Flores Brian Leahy

1992 (14) Pulgas Lake Don Jacobs

1993 (15) Bradford Ranch John Holman

1997 (16) Mesa Verde Dave Nath

(17) Jim Woodring

2001 (18) Vail Lake Sam Allevato

(19) Coy Love

2002 (20) Garner Valley Tom Coughlin

2003 (21) Bishop Jim Conter

2004 (22) Santa Barbara Monty Clifton

2005 (23) Camp Pendleton Don Garrison

(24) Russ Martin

2008 (25) Bar B Ranch, Paicines, Ca. Paul VanderPutten

2010 (26) Loop Ranch, Tehachapi Ca. Cliff Geddis

2011 (27) Reed Ranch, Hemet Ca, Joel Vath

(28) Roger France

2012 (29) V6 Ranch, Parkfield Ca. Dave Daneshmand