Archives for Hall of Fame Honorees

Sydna Yokley Woodyard

Sydna was one of the founders of the American Quarter Horse Association and a noted quarter horse breeder, but it was her rodeo career that brought her fame. Raised on a Texas ranch, she was a top-notch calf roper and trick rider in the 1940s and 1950s whose performances at Madison Square Garden and Boston...

Rhonda Sedgwick Stearns

Rhonda grew up on a Wyoming ranch learning almost every aspect of ranching and rodeo life starting from the time she could first sit on a horse. She began young, winning her first horsemanship award at two, and went on to be a champion barrel racer, a rodeo queen, rodeo organist, published western writer and...

Lucille Mulhall

Lucille was the best known Western performer of her era and was identified as a “cowgirl” before the term was widely used. She learned to ride and rope on her family’s Oklahoma ranch, and began her career performing in her father’s Wild West show and later becoming one of the first and most accomplished riding...

Bernice Walsh McLaughlin

Born in Canada in 1891, Bernice won the Canadian Rodeo Champion High Jump contest in 1911, setting a new record, on a borrowed cowpony. She was a natural horsewoman, winning numerous jumping contests and relay races. Raised doing ranch work, she and her husband homesteaded in New Mexico, and upon his death Bernice managed to...

Blanche Altizer Smith

Born into a South Texas ranching family, Blanche was an accomplished cowgirl with a devotion to the sport of rodeo. A champion calf roper, she appeared at all the major rodeos in Texas, frequently competing against the men. Blanche was instrumental in the formation of the Girls Rodeo Association (GRA); she worked as association secretary...

Fern Sawyer

An all-around champion cowgirl, Fern was raised on a ranch where her father insisted she perform as well as the men if she was to help with the ranch work. Fern applied this same philosophy to her rodeo career, competing in men’s events in rodeos because she found women’s events too infrequent and uninspiring. Sawyer...

Sacagawea

A Shoshone Indian, Sacagawea was the only woman to accompany the 1802-6 Lewis and Clark expedition into the Louisiana Purchase territory. Brought along by Toussaint Charbonneau, the official expedition guide who purchased her from the Hidatsa Indians, Sacagawea acted as interpreter and guide. Her assistance became vital as she persuaded the Shoshone to supply horses...

Margaret Owens

Margaret helped found the GRA and served as the organization’s first president. She lived on a ranch her entire life and was an excellent horsewoman who rode in rodeos at a time when there were no events for women. Often she would compete in match roping events after a show. A champion roper, she was...

Jewel Frost Duncan

Jewel grew up on a West Texas ranch, where she learned to rope as part of her daily work life. She began to rope against men in local contests, becoming the first woman to compete at the Pecos rodeo in 1929, and was rodeo queen in 1935. Jewel and her friend Isora DeRacy Young promoted...

Kathryn Binford

Kathryn moved to Texas from Illinois and married Gene Binford in 1910. Together, they forged a large ranch near Wildorado, stocking it with Hereford cattle, building fences, and farming a few acres. When Gene died in 1934, Kathryn raised their two daughters and managed the ranch alone, often driving wagons through the snow to feed...
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