Archives for Hall of Fame Honorees

Cornelia Wadsworth Ritchie

Cornelia “Ninia” Wadsworth Ritchie is the fourth-generation owner of the JA Ranch, the oldest ranch in the Texas Panhandle, and one still in the hands of its founding family. Named for her great-grandmother, Ritchie carries on the tradition of Cornelia Adair, who is celebrated for the passionate care she took of the ranch. Cornelia and...

Deborah Copenhaver Fellows

Deborah Copenhaver Fellows was ranch-raised in northern Idaho and grew up with a passion for horses and an avid interest in art. Both her father and brother won World Championships in professional rodeo, and Deborah herself traveled the professional circuit as a barrel racer. She won the title of Miss Rodeo Washington and runner-up for...

Mary Jane Colter

Mary Jane Colter, one of the few female architects of her era, has eleven buildings on the National Register of Historic Places and five of these buildings have been designated National Historic Landmarks. Known for creating structures in harmony with the environment, she developed a style now referred to as “national park service rustic,” which...

Beverly Sparrowk

Beverly Sparrowk, a champion barrel racer during the 1960s, became a leading cattle rancher and conservationist. She was director of the Girl’s Rodeo Association in 1972 and the first female president of the Foundation Beefmaster Association. She won the Chuck Yeager Award from the National Fish and Wildlife Association and continues to be recognized as...

Wilma Powell

Wilma Powell came from a long line of ranchers. Carrying on her family’s ranching tradition, Wilma was active in community development and the preservation of Western heritage in the Texas Panhandle and northern New Mexico. Powell supported educating future ranchers in FFA and 4H clubs and was a living example of a lifestyle that has...

Velma B. Johnston

Velma B. Johnston “Wild Horse Annie” was a tireless pioneer in establishing legislation for the protection of wild horses and burros across the United States. Her efforts were instrumental in getting the 1971 Wild Horse and Burro Act passed through Congress, which provides for the protection, management, and control of wild free-roaming horses and burros...

Prairie Rose Henderson

Prairie Rose Henderson made a name for herself during the golden age of rodeo as a champion bronc rider. She became a fierce relay racer, dazzling the crowds not only with her daring feats in the arena but also with her fashion sense and flair for beautiful and inventive performance costumes. 2008 Cowgirl Honoree –...

Audrey O’Brien Griffin

Audrey O’Brien Griffin lives the cowgirl life with tenacity, generosity and passion. Before raising her family, Audrey was a member of the famous Flying Valkyries, a roman riding group in the 1950s and also worked in a Wild West show that traveled to Belgium. After her children were grown, her love for equestrian sports took...

Donna Howell-Sickles

Donna Howell-Sickles has taken the image and idea of the cowgirl beyond charcoal lines and into reality. She has explored the layers beneath the cowgirl’s engaging exterior for more than thirty years. A vintage postcard featuring a cowgirl with ruby red lips atop her horse instilled in Donna a fascination with the cowgirl spirit. The...

Terry Stuart Forst

Terry Stuart Forst, a rancher and innovator, manages the oldest family ranch in Oklahoma – the 7S Stuart Ranch. Under her leadership, her family’s ranch has become one of the most profitable in the Southwest, one of the best North American quarter horse ranches in the nation and earned the AQHA Best Remuda Award in...
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