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Mike Reid Settle

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Mike excelled in the arena, riding in her first rodeo at five and winning her first barrel racing championship at thirteen. During her career, she won titles in Texas, New Mexico, and Oklahoma, including three collegiate titles and making the Ranch Girls’ finals four times at Fort Worth. Holding true to her ranching heritage, Mike...

Sydna Yokley Woodyard

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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

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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

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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

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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...