Archives for Hall of Fame Honorees

Cathy A Smith

An artist dedicated to preserving the history of the 19th century cowboy/girl and the Plains Indians. Her expansive knowledge is expressed through painting, bead and quillwork, motion picture costume design, and historical consultation. Her work in the epic Western film starring Kevin Costner, “Dances with Wolves,” set the standard for authenticity in Western film making. She...

Eleanor Green, DVM

A pioneer for women in equine veterinary medicine for four decades, is the first female dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences at Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas. Her many other firsts in the profession include being the first female president of three national veterinary associations, the American Association of Equine...

Stacy Westfall

Westfall received her first pony at age six and has claimed to be “obsessed with horses from the beginning,” and continued working with horses throughout her childhood. While in high school Westfall began competing in jumping and barrel racing. In 1997 the horsewoman earned an Equestrian Studies degree at The University of Findlay in Ohio....

Barbra Schulte

Barbra Schulte is a respected author, trainer, and clinician who has had a lifetime involvement with horses. Growing up on a ranch, Schulte helped market and show her family’s horses and she competed in several events including reining and cutting. Taking time to focus on her education, in 1977 Schulte earned a Master’s Degree from...

Sunny Hale

The highest ranked woman polo player in the United States, Sunny Hale pursued a career in “the sport of kings” which was and still is greatly dominated by men.  Hale began competing at age four, entered her first polo tournament at ten, was teaching polo at twelve, and was first hired as a professional player...

Mildred Farris

Mildred Farris is an esteemed leader throughout the sport of rodeo. As a competitor, Farris was Texas Barrel Racing Association’s champion barrel racer from 1955-1957, she earned a qualification twelve times to the National Finals Rodeo, was the runner up to World Champion in 1959, 1960, and 1969, and in 1968 she earned the fastest...

Eloise “Fox Hastings” Wilson

In 1914, at age 16, Fox Hastings ran away from home in California and began her career bronc and trick riding for the Irwin Brother’s Wild West Show. By 1924, she was best known among few female bulldoggers with her first competition at the Fort Worth Rodeo. A multi-talented arena cowgirl, Hastings trick rode, bulldogged,...

Pauline Nesbitt

Pauline Nesbitt, born Jane Slovensky in 1905, was raised on a Wisconsin farm where she first fell in love with horses. She began her rodeo career at age 17 as a bronc rider, but after seeing Tad Lucas perform in San Antonio, she made the switch and added trick rider to her list of abilities....

Anna Mebus Martin

Anna Martin was the first female bank founder and president in the United States. An immigrant from Germany at 15, and widowed at 36, Martin owned a town store, and opened the first bank in Mason County, TX while operating a 60,000 acre cattle ranch. In the initial two years of the store’s operation, she...
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