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Nellie Snyder Yost

Nellie published her first book when she was 46, a collection of stories told by her father about early ranching life. She went on to write eleven more books and numerous articles about the people and history of the West. Raised in northwest Nebraska and home schooled until she was ten, Nellie was honored with...

Mabel Strickland Woodward

Mabel bested most cowboys in rodeo events, including bronc and steer riding, roping and trick and roman riding. She began her career riding relay races, but soon added steer roping and trick riding, winning championships in all three events and earning considerable fame. Noticed by the booming movie industry, Mabel found Hollywood success and founded...

Hallie Stillwell

Born in 1897, Hallie lived the pioneer life. Adopting the cowboy’s pants, shirt and jacket, she ranched beside her husband while maintaining a dignity and femininity that earned her recognition as “Queen of the Big Bend.” Hallie later wrote of her experiences, served as a justice of the peace, and opened a museum to preserve...

Jimmie Gibbs-Munroe

Born into the heritage of the 101 Ranch, Jimmie entered her first horse show at three, her first rodeo at ten, and had a rodeo career that included eleven NFR trips and led to her becoming one of the top women in barrel racing. Jimmie served as the GRA/WPRA president for fourteen years, where, under...

Sheila Kirkpatrick

Sheila makes custom cowboy hats the same way hatters did a century ago. Using antique tools and methods, she hand-shapes each hat. Growing up as the daughter of a rodeo announcer, Sheila grew up around rodeo arenas and cowboy hats. With her accumulated knowledge and an interest in hats that goes back to her childhood,...

Charmayne James

With her horse, Scamper, Charmayne set an unprecedented record by winning the World Championship Barrel Racing title ten consecutive years. She was also the first barrel racer in rodeo history to win more money than any PRCA cowboy during a single rodeo season. Charmayne began barrel racing in New Mexico as a young girl, entering...