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Anne Stradling

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Creator of the Museum of the Horse, the first U.S. museum dedicated to the horse, Anne began her collection of horse-related items as a young girl in New Jersey. The daughter of a prominent land developer, she participated in her first horse show at six, later learning to trick ride with the 101 Ranch Show,...

Lucyle Richards

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Leaving her family ranch in Talihena, Oklahoma, Lucyle toured the country as a saddle bronc rider. She performed around the world, tagged by the press as “the prettiest and best dressed cowgirl in America.” She bought her own plane and learned acrobatic flying in 1939. 1987 Cowgirl Honoree – Texas 1909-1995

Betty Gayle Cooper Ratliff

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Born into a family of rodeo stars, Betty established herself as one of the top calf roping champions. Growing up on a ranch near Hobbs, New Mexico, Betty won her first championship at twelve in junior calf roping. A diligent rodeo supporter, she helped reorganize the American Junior Rodeo Association and worked as rodeo director...

Patsy Montana

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Patsy was the first woman to sell a million records with “I Want To Be A Cowboy’s Sweetheart.” The eleventh child and first daughter of an Arkansas farmer, Patsy learned to yodel and play the organ, guitar and violin. Beginning her career in radio in California, she worked rodeos and country programs with the Prairie...

Margie Roberts Hart

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One of the top women bronc riders from the 1930s through the 1950s, Margie broke horses for her father and neighbors while still in grade school. Her ability to ride rough stock led to winning the Ladies Bronc Riding Championship at Cheyenne in 1941 and a career as a trick rider. Retiring from rodeo, Margie...

Laura Gilpin

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Upon receiving her first camera at twelve, Laura photographed the Southwest for more than sixty years. Working alone, Laura’s works are unique because she pursued landscape photography, a field pioneered and traditionally practiced by men. Compelled not by scientific curiosity but by humane concerns, Laura viewed the land as an environment that shaped human activity....