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Florence Youree

Early in her career, Florence competed in barrel races with no set pattern and sometimes ran around old water heaters. She dedicated herself to promoting the sport and bringing it from a seldom featured novelty event to standardized competition. Florence also led the GRA from a fledgling organization to one of national prominence. With her...

Mitzi Lucas Riley

The daughter of Tad Lucas, Mitzi was born into rodeo. She learned to ride before she could walk, and made her debut at six, filling in for her injured mother in a trick riding act. A daring rider, she routinely turned down offers from Hollywood while performing in rodeos from coast to coast for twenty...

Harriet (Bita) Lee

Born a twin on the 300,000 acres of the Fernandez ranch, Bita grew up with the Spanish and Navajo, not speaking English until she was six. She attended the University of New Mexico, returning to the ranch when her father took ill. Bita was an expert horsewoman, a renowned heel roper, cook and hardworking ranch...

Eulalia (Sister) Bourne

Sister was a true Arizona pioneer. Overcoming tremendous hardships, she spent over forty years teaching in rural one-room schools in southern Arizona. She homesteaded ranching property in the 1930s, doing all the work herself on weekends and teaching during the week. Sister published four books based on her life experiences. She was named 1973 Arizona...