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Ruth Parton Webster

Called the “Mother of Thoroughbred Racing,” Ruth began racing thoroughbreds on the Yakima Reservation in Washington when she was thirteen. Her successes on the track led to rodeo appearances, and to the sport of relay racing. With six fast Canadian fillies, Ruth brought her winning abilities to the pony-express style races, soon earning the title...

Hope Varner

Born in Milwaukee, Hope always felt the lure of the West. With her husband, Tex, she spent her life promoting Western life. A talented musician and singer, Hope hosted a radio show and directed a working guest ranch. She passed stories and songs of the West to thousands of children and adults, and in addition...

Marie Tyler

Known as the “First Lady of Beef Promotion,” Marie knew about cattle and horses from her youth on the family ranch. She brought the first Santa Gertrudis cattle to North Dakota and joined with other ranchers to promote beef sales and distribution. Active in pleasure-riding events, Marie and her husband Jim were also among the...

Elizabeth Boyle Smith

Immigrating from Scotland, Elizabeth “Aunt Hank” followed her brothers to West Texas where she met and married Henry Smith. The first white woman to establish a home on the plains of West Texas, she and her husband also opened the Occidental Hotel, the Texas plains’ first hotel. She also taught at its first school. Aunt...

Mari Sandoz

Mari published her first story when she was twelve. Growing up on the sand hills of western Nebraska, she wrote of life around her. Mari first gained fame for Old Jules, the story of her father and other settlers. She also produced six related books on the relationship between Native Americans and Anglos. Mari won...

Stella Cox Hughes

Stella spent most of her life on horseback, either competing in rodeo and show events, or as a working cowgirl. She taught horsemanship clinics for young girls. She related much of her knowledge about horses and ranch life in hundreds of published articles and short stories. Stella’s cooking skills gained attention from annual cattle drives,...

Mildred Douglas Chrisman

Mildred left an East Coast finishing school and went west to join the 101 Ranch Wild West show, beginning a colorful career that included winning the World Champion Girl Bronc Rider title twice and acting in silent movies with Tom Mix. A versatile performer, Mildred was skilled in trick riding, trick shooting and training performing...