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Ruth Thompson

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Ruth and her husband Cal were instrumental in the development and registry of the American Albino horse. The breed, also known as the American White, had its origin on the Thompsons’ White Horse Ranch in Nebraska. A farmer’s daughter, Ruth grew up working horses in the field, but it wasn’t until her marriage that she...

Betty Sims Solt

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Betty learned the basic skills of good horsemanship while growing up on her family’s ranch where she worked alongside her father and five brothers. She began her rodeo career in 1950 at a high school rodeo, going on to win numerous awards, including two NIRA Barrel Racing Championships. Betty started teaching in 1964, became a...

Shelly Burmeister Mowery

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Shelly was an active promoter of professional rodeo as the first “Miss Coors Rodeo,” where she brought significant attention to equal pay for women’s barrel racing in the major rodeos. A former rodeo consultant, rodeo queen and actress, Shelly has been recognized by her fans and all the major TV networks as one of the...

Elsa Spear Byron

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Born in 1896 into one of Wyoming’s first ranching families, Elsa acquired her first Brownie camera when she was twelve. She began a career that spanned more than eighty years, documenting a vanishing way of life with photographs of the lives of the Crow Indians, ranchers and the everyday life around her. Elsa was an...