Bonnie McCarroll

2006 Cowgirl Honoree – Idaho

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(1897-1929)

This champion bronc rider made rodeo history in 1922 by winning the cowgirl bronc riding championship at the two most prestigious rodeos in the nation, Cheyenne Frontier Days and the first Madison Square Garden Rodeo. One of the most famous rodeo snapshots ever taken is of Bonnie being thrown from a horse named Silver at the Pendleton Round-Up in 1915. Already an accomplished rodeo performer, McCarroll dazzled kings, queens, dignitaries, an American president and countless rodeo fans across the world. Her tragic death at the 1929 Pendleton Round-Up changed the face of women’s rodeo when rodeo officials began exercising more scrutiny towards rules and regulations for women in bronc riding.