Archives for Hall of Fame Honorees

Mary Lou LeCompte, Ph.D.

Mary Lou LeCompte, Ph.D., is recognized as the leading scholar on rodeo cowgirls. She wrote the book, Cowgirls of the Rodeo: Pioneer Professional Athletes, now in its second printing, in which more than 600 interviews were conducted with female rodeo competitors. Additionally, LeCompte has published several articles, contributed to books, and has been awarded many...

Marie Gibson

In 1917, Marie Gibson entered her first rodeo competition at the Great Northern Montana Stampede; there she met her future husband, Tom Gibson, a Canadian bronc rider. Marie competed in rodeos from 1917 to 1933, participating all over Canada and in every major rodeo in the United States. In 1924, she won first place in...

Sandy Collier

In the spirited world of reined cow horses, Sandy Collier is a respected competitor. Her career and love of horses began on the East Coast as an English rider; this evolved into her current passion and career. Collier is the first and only woman to win the National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) World Champion...

Sarah “Sally” Buxkemper

Sarah “Sally” Buxkemper’s passion for agriculture was evident in her work in refining cattle pedigrees. Working in a male-dominated field, Buxkemper’s career was anything but mediocre. She aided in the development of a new breed of cattle, the Simbrah, combining Simmental with Brahman, which is resistant to the ailments of its ancestors. She was one of...

Hortense Sparks Ward

Known as a defender of women’s rights and as the first woman admitted into the Texas Bar Association, Hortense Ward broke barriers for women during the beginning of the 20th century. Five years after being admitted to the Texas bar, Ward became the first woman from Texas, as well as the first woman below the...

Joyce Gibson Roach

With roots in Jacksboro, Texas, Joyce Gibson Roach is an author and lecturer on the Southwest. She has published countless articles, and short stories and is the author of the foundational text The Cowgirlspublished in 1990. Joyce is a three-time Western Writers of America Spur Award winner for both fiction and non-fiction. She has been...

Temple Grandin Ph.D.

Temple Grandin, Ph.D., is a champion of the agriculture and livestock industry. Grandin has published four books and well over 200 articles and essays on the subjects of animal welfare, livestock handling, and other topics relevant to the livestock industry. Having designed the livestock facilities for six different countries, at least thirty percent of the...

Kay Gay

Kay Gay is an important part of Texas rodeo history. From scheduling long-haul truckers for rodeo stock to serving as secretary to keeping time, she has filled most roles within the rodeo arena. For the Mesquite Championship Rodeo, among others, she coordinated the grand entry and opening ceremonies, carried the American flag and competed as...

Betty Dusek

Part of the golden age of the All-Girl Rodeo, Betty Dusek aided in the early development of the Girls Rodeo Association as director of calf roping contests. Dusek won several awards including World Champion calf roping, team roping, flag racing and ribbon roping through the GRA. Betty is a long time member of several organizations...

Kay Whittaker Young

Kay Whittaker Young has been riding her entire life; she began competing at the professional level at age twelve. A member of several organizations, Young has sat on the board of Barrel Futurities of America since its inception. Additionally, Kay served as vice president and president of the GRA/WPRA. As president she promoted barrel racing...
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