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Karen Vold

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The daughter of a rodeo clown, Karen began trick riding at age ten and started a seventeen-year career. She was instrumental in forming “The Flying Cimarrons,” a group that brought trick riding back into prominence for several years. This group was an innovation for rodeo shows because it hired out as a complete act instead...

Fannie Sperry Steele

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Fannie took a lifelong fascination with horses and turned it into a rodeo career that included winning the title of World Champion bronc rider and headlining as a sharpshooter. Before she retired from rodeo, Fannie and her husband organized their own Wild West show and a stock company, and toured the country. When she finally...

Tad Lucas

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For a decade, Tad was known as the world’s best female rodeo performer. The youngest of 24 children, Tad made her professional debut in 1917. She moved to Fort Worth soon after and began touring with Wild West shows. She first competed in trick riding in England. During her career, she collected all of the...

Enid Justin

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Enid was the daughter of legendary boot maker H.J. Justin. When her father died and Justin Boot Company moved to Fort Worth, she decided to remain in her hometown and start her own boot shop. Using the skills and knowledge she learned working for her father, Enid founded Nocona Boot Company. She made a difference...

Margie Greenough Henson

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Margie began her rodeo career in 1929 with Jack King’s Wild West Rodeo. Growing up on a working ranch where she and her seven siblings learned to ride and rope as part of the daily chores, Margie became a champion bronc rider. Known as one of the “Riding Greenoughs,” Margie went on to rodeo and...

Wanda Harper Bush

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The 150-year-old Harper Ranch is home for Wanda. Here, like her ancestors, she raises livestock and trains horses. Instrumental in the organization of the GRA, Wanda has been one of its most awarded champions, winning 33 World Championships, including three All-Around titles. After curtailing her rodeo activities, Wanda turned to raising horses and established herself...

Faye Blesing

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Faye started her career as a movie stuntwoman standing in for many female movie stars. She learned to trick ride and rope, put together an act with her brothers, and went on the rodeo circuit. Headlining the Madison Square Garden Championship Rodeo for seven years, Faye, with her palomino, Flash, became a world-famous rodeo star...