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Lorraine Shoultz

Known to her audiences as “Baby Lorraine,” she began her riding career at four, performing trick riding on her pony. Lorraine was the star attraction in the Graham Company, a family act featuring eight riding brothers and sisters. Crowned the World Champion Juvenile Trick Rider, Lorraine set national records in trick and fancy riding, roping...

Dessie Sawyer

Dessie was National Democratic Committeewoman and New Mexico’s best known political figure for years, but she was first a rancher. She and her husband U.D. moved onto their ranch in 1928. With sheer determination and hard work, they paid off the mortgage on the ranch while the country struggled through the Depression. Dessie’s work in...

Sue Pirtle

Called “the most versatile cowgirl in the history of the GRA,” Sue won eleven World titles as all-around cowgirl, calf roper, ribbon roper, bareback rider, and bull rider. Sue actively promoted the image of the modern cowgirl through television, documentaries, sports competitions, and movie appearances. Dedicated to promoting the image of the women’s rodeo, she...

Mother Joseph Pariseau

Born Esther Pariseau, Mother Joseph made monumental contributions to health care, education, and social projects throughout the Northwest. The daughter of a French-Canadian carriage maker, she joined the Sisters of Providence and was sent to Fort Vancouver to oversee construction of a convent and schoolhouse. As the architect, construction supervisor, and chief fund raiser, she...

Billie Hinson McBride

Billie set a then-unprecedented record by winning the title of World Champion GRA Barrel Racer for four consecutive years beginning in 1955. She and her sister began barrel racing after seeing a race in the 1930s. The two competed together riding the same mare, usually claiming first and second place in the Texas rodeos. A...

Goldia Malone

Goldia became a world famous trick rider after seeing her first Wild West show at seventeen. She made a deal with Curly Griffith to teach her trick riding in exchange for exercising horses. She soon participated in local fairs, and was discovered and hired for contract work trick riding and bronc riding with the Malone...

Ann Lewis

In 1968, Ann became the youngest Barrel Racing Champion in WPRA history. Ann began running barrels before she started kindergarten, placing in her first open when she was five. Ann and her twin sister got their first barrel horse when they were seven. At only eight Ann was one of the youngest IPRA members and...

Sabra Lee Humphrey

Sabra’s artistic talent captures the history of the West and ranching on canvas, using knowledge acquired from growing up on a southwestern New Mexico ranch. Her early critics were the cowboys and old-timers who intimately knew the West and the animals in it. In her early years, she was discouraged from painting Western art in...

Bonnie Gray Harris

Tall and athletic, Bonnie is best remembered for her amazing stunts and trick riding. Allegedly the first woman to perform the “under the belly crawl” on a horse, she also jumped her horse over an open car with passengers and was one of the first women to ride bulls in Mexican bullfights. As the movie...

Pamela Harr

Pamela grew up in California and began sculpting as a way to provide therapy for handicapped children. After learning bronze casting, she combined it with her love of history and her own personal experiences of ranch work to create bronzes of stories and characters of the West. A member of Women Artists of the American...
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