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Hortense Sparks Ward

Known as a defender of women’s rights and as the first woman admitted into the Texas Bar Association, Hortense Ward broke barriers for women during the beginning of the 20th century. Five years after being admitted to the Texas bar, Ward became the first woman from Texas, as well as the first woman below the...

Joyce Gibson Roach

With roots in Jacksboro, Texas, Joyce Gibson Roach is an author and lecturer on the Southwest. She has published countless articles, and short stories and is the author of the foundational text The Cowgirlspublished in 1990. Joyce is a three-time Western Writers of America Spur Award winner for both fiction and non-fiction. She has been...

Temple Grandin Ph.D.

Temple Grandin, Ph.D., is a champion of the agriculture and livestock industry. Grandin has published four books and well over 200 articles and essays on the subjects of animal welfare, livestock handling, and other topics relevant to the livestock industry. Having designed the livestock facilities for six different countries, at least thirty percent of the...

Kay Gay

Kay Gay is an important part of Texas rodeo history. From scheduling long-haul truckers for rodeo stock to serving as secretary to keeping time, she has filled most roles within the rodeo arena. For the Mesquite Championship Rodeo, among others, she coordinated the grand entry and opening ceremonies, carried the American flag and competed as...

Betty Dusek

Part of the golden age of the All-Girl Rodeo, Betty Dusek aided in the early development of the Girls Rodeo Association as director of calf roping contests. Dusek won several awards including World Champion calf roping, team roping, flag racing and ribbon roping through the GRA. Betty is a long time member of several organizations...