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Mary Nan West

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Raised by her grandparents as heir to the Rafter S Ranch, Mary grew up shunning socials and other affairs for ranch work. The hard work and values she learned on the ranch made her into one of the most influential women in Texas. In addition, she was the first female president of the San Antonio...

Cindy Walker

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Called the greatest female country composer in history, Cindy wrote her first song when she was twelve. She is the only songwriter to have made the Top Ten Hits in five successive decades. Cindy wrote more than 500 classic songs and was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. A recording artist in her...

Alice Van-Springsteen

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From her debut as a trick rider in 1930 through her later competitions in trick, fancy and relay riding, Alice performed in major rodeos from New York to Australia. A world champion trick rider, Alice was only the second woman to receive a trainer’s license. She eventually began working in the movie industry, becoming one...

Cynthia Ann Parker

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Cynthia was captured when she was nine years old during a Comanche raid on Fort Parker in 1836, and grew up as an adopted Comanche, eventually marrying a war leader. Twenty four years later, she was “rescued,” but could not readjust to life within white culture. While with the Comanche, Cynthia had three children, one...

Maria Martinez

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Maria, the most famous of Pueblo Indian potters, revived the ancient Pueblo craft of pottery making after discovering the process of crafting San Ildefonso prehistoric pottery. Using the knowledge of pottery making she learned as a child, Maria reintroduced the world to the highly polished black vessels. Her ceramics quickly became valued artworks and are...

Helen Groves

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Raised on the legendary King Ranch, it seemed natural for Helen to become an ambassador for the equine industry. Over the years she has become known as the “First Lady of Cutting,” spending more than two decades breeding, raising and riding cutting horses on her ranch while competing at almost every major show. Helen has...