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Nancy Bragg Witmer

Nancy began her trick riding career on a borrowed horse at the Texas Cowboy Reunion in Stamford, Texas. Trained in tap and acrobatic dancing and educated in drama at Brenau College, Nancy worked rodeos as a child trick roper. She discovered trick riding, invented a signature stunt, the “Falling Tower” and became the feature attraction...

Connie Douglas Reeves

The Depression ruined Connie’s plans to practice law. Instead, in 1936, she joined the staff at Waldemar as head riding instructor and continued in that capacity for over sixty years. She touched the lives of thousands of young women as a role model and a mentor. Connie married in 1942 and with her husband managed...

Nita Brooks Lewallen

Nita embraced the ranching life she grew up in. Even as a contender in the rodeo circuit, ranching and horses remained her chief interests. Nita dedicated over half a century to exploring the horse industry, particularly thoroughbred breeding, and her contributions have been immense. She was named the Texas Breeder of the Year three years...

Marie Keen Gress

For more than sixteen years during the 1930s and 1940s, Marie crisscrossed the country as a trick rider, steer wrestler, bronc rider and performer in rodeos, circuses and Wild West shows. She began her career as a trick rider with the 101 Ranch Show at fifteen. An innovative rider, she soon became a rodeo star,...

Lindy Burch

Lindy holds the distinction of being the first woman to win the NCHA Futurity, and she set a record score while doing it. She was also the first female president of the NCHA. Lindy was raised riding horses but did not see her first cutting event until she was fourteen. Now a respected horse trainer...

Clara Brown

Born a slave in Virginia around 1800, Clara Brown would become a pillar of the community that built the city of Denver, Colorado. The first time she was sold was a young child, along with her mother to a man named Ambrose Smith. When she was about 18 years old, she received his permission to...