Archives for Hall of Fame Honorees

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...

Jane Pattie

Since the publication of her first article in 1958, Jane Pattie has harnessed her passion for the American West as an accomplished freelance writer and photographer who has authored more than 3,000 articles. She has been published in over twenty national and international magazines, including The Quarter Horse Journal, The Paint Horse Journal, Horse &...

Terri Kelly Moyers

Terri Kelly Moyers grew up with the innate desire to be an artist. As a child in Calgary, Alberta, she was always drawing and experimenting with art subjects, specifically depictions of horses.  Her work has been displayed at the Forbes Building in New York and at the Gene Autry Museum in Los Angeles, and is...

Patricia E. Kelly

A former U.S. marine, award-winning community leader, and equestrian trailblazer, Patricia E. Kelly has been at the helm of the Hartford, CT-based non-profit organization Ebony Horsewomen, Inc. for the past 30+ years. Initially started in 1984 as a cultural and social enrichment organization for female equestrians, Ebony Horsewomen, Inc. serves over 300 youth annually, creating...

Frances Kavanaugh

Known as the “Cowgirl of the Typewriter,” Frances Kavanaugh Hecker was one of the few women writing western screenplays in Hollywood, a primarily male-dominated profession. Born in Dallas, Texas, she grew up around ranching in Houston which gave her what she called “the feeling of Westerns.” Her credits began with the Driftin’ Kid in 1941,...

May Owen, M.D.

Dr. May Owen committed to a career in medicine at the age of nine when she discovered her true passion was helping others. Her first patients were animals on her family’s farm in Falls County, Texas. While she attended high school in Fort Worth, Texas, she remained committed to helping her father on the farm...
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