Archives for Hall of Fame Honorees

Miranda Lambert

Miranda Lambert is a renowned country music superstar and gifted songwriter who started her career in local Texas bars and released her self-titled debut album independently in 2001. After paying her dues on the road, she was signed by Sony Music and has since released seven albums as well as three albums with her trio, Pistol Annies. Lambert has won...

Lavonna “Shorty” Koger

Lavonna “Shorty” Koger is an Oklahoma native with over 40 years of experience in restoration, fitting, sewing, and design of cowboy hats. A former rodeo contestant, she is now one of today’s leading industry hatters. She started Shorty’s Caboy Hattery in 1990 in the historic Stockyards City, OK, one of the few entirely woman-owned and...

Pop Chalee

Artist Pop Chalee was known for her influential and stylized depictions of forest scenes and wildlife, with graceful paintings of deer and horses. Chalee devoted herself to a flat, two-dimensional "traditional" style of Native American painting, but injected lighthearted imaginary touches that appealed to a wide audience of both adults and children. She was commissioned...

Lari Dee Guy

Lari Dee Guy has won 11-consecutive AJRA world roping titles beginning at age nine. She is an eight-time Women’s Professional Rodeo Association (WPRA) World Champion with more than $1.5 million in career earnings. With over 33 championship titles, Guy is the winningest female roper in the world. In 2013, Guy launched the “Rope Like A...

Kathryn Kusner

Kathryn Kusner is an American equestrian and Olympic medalist in show jumping. She was one of the first women who rode for the United States Equestrian Team (USET) and the first American woman to win an Olympic medal in equestrian competition. Concurrent to her show jumping career, Kusner embarked on the chance to be a...

RADM (ret.) Christina Alvarado Shanahan

Rear Adm. (ret.) Alvarado is a registered nurse and holds a Masters of Health Care Administration from the University of North Carolina. She has worked in the clinical areas of orthopedics, neurosurgery, and intensive care. Her Navy Reserve career began as a direct commissioned officer. She was called to active duty from 1990 to 1991...

Laura Wilson

From her early days working with Richard Avedon on his American West project, to her current interest in documenting the work of mountain lion hunters in Arizona, Laura Wilson's photographic career has been wide ranging and far reaching, but always firmly rooted in the West: its land, its traditions, and its people. Her award-winning books,...

Stacie Dieb McDavid

A businesswoman from an early age, Stacie opened and ran a franchise of 32 fitness centers across Texas and Florida by the age of 22. She is currently CEO of McDavid Investments Company, which involves real estate and investments, as well as overseeing the McDavid equine breeding/training/ranch operations. She is an avid competitor in the...

Janell Kleberg

A true cowgirl, Janell Kleberg has been involved with all aspects of ranch work, from breaking, training and showing horses with her husband to working cattle on properties in Texas, Brazil, Argentina, and Australia. She also captured the images for her book Waiting for Daylight: King Ranch Images from the Past on horseback, working in...

Mayisha Akbar

Raised in a government housing project in a partially rural area of Los Angeles, Mayisha always had a passion for animals, especially horses. After becoming a successful real estate broker, she found a place in a little-known agricultural area of Compton called Richland Farms and decided to move her family there. She soon established her...
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