Archives for Hall of Fame Honorees

Reba McEntire

The legendary Oklahoma native has achieved a rare pinnacle with 35 No. 1 singles and over 56 million albums sold worldwide. The Country Music Hall of Fame and Hollywood Bowl member has won 15 American Music Awards, 14 ACM Awards, 9 People’s Choice Awards, 7 CMA Awards and 2 Grammy Awards, in addition to an...

Margaret McGinley Dickens

Dickens has dedicated her life to helping others, pioneering the use of horses to facilitate healing – both emotional and physical – in children and adults alike. As a young girl, she felt fascination, even a spiritual connection to horses. She attended college to study physical education specifically to teach horseback riding. She taught horsemanship...

Jacqueline Smith McEntire

McEntire’s first brush with fame came at an early age, when she often led her fellow classmates and teachers in “The Star Spangled Banner” during school assemblies. Her parents didn’t have the extra funds for her to pursue a singing career, so she earned her teaching certificate from the state of Oklahoma and began riding...

Ashley Collins

When Collins moved to Los Angeles in the late 1980s, she arrived with no resources besides her talent, work ethic, and a passion to paint what had inspired and sustained her throughout her childhood: the soul of the horse. During a difficult upbringing, Collins found her greatest teacher in a disabled horse named Chief. He...

Mary Burger

A barrel racer for five decades and with 11 World Championships over that time, Burger is a trailblazer with longevity. At a young age, she was diagnosed with Perthes Disease, which is a painful and debilitating illness that causes inflammation and arthritic-like symptoms in the hip sockets. Her father had her ride horses to ease...

Pat North Ommert

A skilled trick rider, Roman rider and jumper, and jockey, Ommert toured the world with Wild West shows. She acted as a stunt double in Hollywood movies such as the 1954 picture, “A Star is Born,” and landed contracts for performances at Madison Square Garden and Boston Garden. After she retired from trick riding, Ommert...

Frances Rosenthal Kallison

Frances Rosenthal Kallison was born in Fort Worth, Texas, but spent most of her adult life in San Antonio, Texas, with her husband at their Diamond K Ranch and general store. The Diamond K Ranch was known for their award-winning Polled Hereford cattle as well as hosting Wild West barbecues through the USO for soldiers....

Marilyn Williams Harris

As the co-manager of historic Sands Ranch for the last 20 years, Marilyn Williams Harris has made protecting wildlife habitats, repairing ecosystems, and preserving Arizona’s western landscapes a priority. Through her work with non-profits, Harris has raised millions of dollars for a variety of organizations ranging from the Arizona Horse Lover’s Foundation to the Barrow...

Veryl Goodnight

Veryl Goodnight has dedicated her life to exploring the relationships of pioneer women to wildlife and the West through bronze sculptures and oil paintings. As a wildlife rehabilitator, Goodnight has always been close to the natural world. As an artist she has utilized that knowledge to bring authenticity to her work on over 200 sculptures...

Jo Ann Smith

Jo Ann Smith has blazed trails for women and championed family-owned farms in the agricultural industry for decades. A rancher alongside her husband in Florida, Smith saw the need for global marketing efforts for farmers to survive financially in the changing world. In 1985, she became the first female president of the National Cattlemen’s Beef...
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