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Veryl Goodnight

Veryl Goodnight has dedicated her life to exploring the relationships of pioneer women to wildlife and the West through bronze sculptures and oil paintings. As a wildlife rehabilitator, Goodnight has always been close to the natural world. As an artist she has utilized that knowledge to bring authenticity to her work on over 200 sculptures...

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...

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,...

Clara Brown

Born a slave in Virginia, Clara was freed in her late 50s. One of the first African-Americans to come to Colorado, she became a property owner, leading activist and pillar of the community. Clara created Denver’s first Sunday school and was instrumental in founding the St. James Methodist Church. Her home was always open to...

Marlene Eddleman McRae

A world champion barrel racer, Marlene has been riding or showing horses since she was six. Inspired by Dale Evans, Marlene wanted to be a cowgirl and ride horses. Entering her first Little Britches rodeo, she began a string of championships that includes two gold medals from the 1988 Winter Olympics. A talented musician, Marlene...

Laura Gilpin

Upon receiving her first camera at twelve, Laura photographed the Southwest for more than sixty years. Working alone, Laura’s works are unique because she pursued landscape photography, a field pioneered and traditionally practiced by men. Compelled not by scientific curiosity but by humane concerns, Laura viewed the land as an environment that shaped human activity....

Agnes Wright Spring

Agnes’ childhood memories of her parents’ stage-line stop, combined with her degrees in English and history, led her to author more than twenty books, over 600 feature articles and fiction stories, a play, and countless shorter articles in professional journals about the West. The only person to be the official historian of two states, Colorado...

Anna Lee Aldred

The daughter of a racehorse trainer, Anna began riding at three and racing ponies at six. By twelve, she rode flat and relay races. She obtained her jockey’s license at eighteen; the first woman jockey in the U.S. A fierce competitor, Anna retired from racing in 1944 and started a riding school in California. One...

Gene Krieg Creed

In 1925, Gene became the youngest woman ever to win the bronc riding at Cheyenne. She and her sister Vaughn learned to ride before they were five and were soon helping their brothers break wild horses and pursue stray cattle on the family’s Colorado ranch. One of the best cowgirls around, Gene won trick riding,...

Mamie Francis Hafley

Mamie thrilled audiences with her daredevil act of riding her horse off a fifty-foot-high platform into a barrel of water just ten feet across. Between 1908 and 1917, she performed this stunt 628 times. She also performed as a sharpshooter, before and after the years of her diving act. Mamie learned to shoot as a...
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