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Isora DeRacy Young

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Isora’s love for ranching, horses, and roping made her a pioneer. Isora is a champion calf roper and barrel racer from a time when women in rodeo were very rare. She began competing in the early 1930s and was promoted as one of only two cowgirl calf ropers in the world. She followed the rodeo...

Narcissa Prentiss Whitman

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As the new wife of a missionary to the Cayuse Indians in Oregon, Narcissa was one of the first two white women to cross the Rocky Mountains. Her journals and letters provide historic insight into life on the frontier. The New York-born daughter of a judge, Narcissa settled into a cabin in the Walla Walla...

Dora Waldrop

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From bringing in milk cows on horseback at age three to barrel racing at 76, Dora was a standout Texas horsewoman who consistently won on the horses she trained. A fierce promoter of barrel racing, she was the first to convince Texas Panhandle rodeos to include girls’ barrel racing as an event. While recovering from...

Mary Parks

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Mary began riding when she was big enough to sit in the saddle. She and her mother broke horses on their Colorado ranch, while her father ran a mercantile in town. She began riding in local rodeos, soon leaving the ranch to begin a career as a celebrated saddle bronc rider. She married Bill Parks...

Vera McGinnis

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Unlike many of her peers, Vera was not born on a ranch, but her athletic ability made her a natural when she discovered the rodeo. Beginning her career as an impromptu relay rider, she soon took up trick riding, bronc and bull riding and Roman racing, winning at all events. A celebrated rider, Vera’s most...

Reba Perry Blakely

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When she was a young child, Reba learned to ride a horse because she had difficulty walking. From that start, she became an accomplished trick roper, rider and World Champion Relay Rider. She left rodeo to teach horsemanship, but with her interest in preserving rodeo history, Reba became a recognized historical researcher, using collected stories...

Nancy Binford

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Nancy Binford, one of the country’s premier horsewomen, won many horse shows, races, and cutting horse championships, but she is be best remembered as co-producer, with Thena Mae Farr, of the Tri-State All-Girl Rodeos. Really “all-girl” from the contestants down to the judges, clowns and staff, the organization created opportunities for rodeo women not found...