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Joan Wells

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To watch Joan, the 1979 Women’s World Champion Trick Roper, perform is to witness an authentic link to the early Wild West shows. Her interest in roping began in childhood, when, with coaching from a cousin, Joan began performing at fairs, rodeos and on television. Devoted to the art, she teaches clinics and writes articles...

Georgie Sicking

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Georgie grew up believing she was born to be a cowhand. However, chances to prove herself were scarce, so Georgie began writing poetry. She eventually achieved her dream of ranching as an equal and her poetry reflects a Western history seen through a ranch hand’s eyes. She owned and ran several ranches and her poetry...

Norma Sanders

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Norma was one of the first professional female livestock auctioneers. Following in her father’s footsteps, she gave up her dream of becoming a concert violinist for the livestock arena. Overcoming prejudices against women in the arena, Norma became one of the most popular auctioneers in the country. People attended auctions just to hear the deep...

Ruth Roach Salmon

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Ruth ran away from home to join the 101 Ranch Wild West Show as a trick rider. Her contest debut was at the 1917 Fort Worth Roundup, America’s first indoor rodeo, as a bronc rider. Dubbed the “soft-spoken, rough-riding golden girl of the West,” she wore trademark giant hair bows and boots hand-tooled with hearts....

Hildred Goodwine Phillips

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Hildred was successful as a Western painter and sculptor because her subjects have always been the horses she knew and loved. Her great love of horses began during childhood on a farm in Michigan, where she studied each detail of the teams of workhorses used in everyday chores. When she began to paint and sculpt,...

Vaughn Krieg Huskey

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Vaughn started her rodeo career in 1926 as a trick rider to fill in for her sister, Gene. She became one of the top bronc riders and one of the first women to bulldog a steer from a moving car. In the 1930s, Vaughn was one of the few women producers in rodeo, even putting...