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Pat North Ommert

A skilled trick rider, Roman rider and jumper, and jockey, Ommert toured the world with Wild West shows. She acted as a stunt double in Hollywood movies such as the 1954 picture, “A Star is Born,” and landed contracts for performances at Madison Square Garden and Boston Garden. After she retired from trick riding, Ommert...

Frances Kavanaugh

Known as the “Cowgirl of the Typewriter,” Frances Kavanaugh Hecker was one of the few women writing western screenplays in Hollywood, a primarily male-dominated profession. Born in Dallas, Texas, she grew up around ranching in Houston which gave her what she called “the feeling of Westerns.” Her credits began with the Driftin’ Kid in 1941,...

Shirley Lucas Jauregui

Shirley Lucas Jauregui dreamed of owning and riding a horse while growing up on the edge of Bartlesville, Oklahoma. Jauregui and her sister, Sharon, landed their first trick riding appearance at the 1948 Lakeside Rodeo followed by the Sheriff’s Rodeo at the Los Angeles Coliseum. The sister act juggled their nationally-known act, performing at the...

Sandy Collier

In the spirited world of reined cow horses, Sandy Collier is a respected competitor. Her career and love of horses began on the East Coast as an English rider; this evolved into her current passion and career. Collier is the first and only woman to win the National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) World Champion...

Beverly Sparrowk

Beverly Sparrowk, a champion barrel racer during the 1960s, became a leading cattle rancher and conservationist. She was director of the Girl’s Rodeo Association in 1972 and the first female president of the Foundation Beefmaster Association. She won the Chuck Yeager Award from the National Fish and Wildlife Association and continues to be recognized as...

Audrey O’Brien Griffin

Audrey O’Brien Griffin lives the cowgirl life with tenacity, generosity and passion. Before raising her family, Audrey was a member of the famous Flying Valkyries, a roman riding group in the 1950s and also worked in a Wild West show that traveled to Belgium. After her children were grown, her love for equestrian sports took...

Sharon Camarillo

As an accomplished barrel racer, horsemanship clinician and four-time National Finals Rodeo qualifier, Sharon made her mark on rodeo history as one of the select few women to co-announce the prestigious Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. This Intercollegiate and Women’s Professional Rodeo champion is a passionate equestrian educator and teaches thousands of students how to...

Sherri Mell

Sherri Mell began competing in junior rodeos at age four and never tired of the challenges and thrills of the arena. At thirteen she won her first saddle, and over the next thirty plus years she claimed wins in a number of rodeo events While many cowgirls specialize in just one or two key rodeo...

Sheila Varian

Sheila Varian made her mark on the Arabian horse community, from her first champion mare, Rotenza, to the Varian Arabians she breeds today. Using three mares imported from Poland in 1961, Sheila’s breeding program has risen to worldwide acclaim and she is currently the leading breeder of Arabians in the United States and Canada. She...
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