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Shirley Lucas Jauregui

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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...

Pauline Nesbitt

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Pauline Nesbitt, born Jane Slovensky in 1905, was raised on a Wisconsin farm where she first fell in love with horses. She began her rodeo career at age 17 as a bronc rider, but after seeing Tad Lucas perform in San Antonio, she made the switch and added trick rider to her list of abilities....

Kay Whittaker Young

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Kay Whittaker Young has been riding her entire life; she began competing at the professional level at age twelve. A member of several organizations, Young has sat on the board of Barrel Futurities of America since its inception. Additionally, Kay served as vice president and president of the GRA/WPRA. As president she promoted barrel racing...

Terry Stuart Forst

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Terry Stuart Forst, a rancher and innovator, manages the oldest family ranch in Oklahoma – the 7S Stuart Ranch. Under her leadership, her family’s ranch has become one of the most profitable in the Southwest, one of the best North American quarter horse ranches in the nation and earned the AQHA Best Remuda Award in...

Rebecca Tyler Lockhart

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Rebecca learned about horses from the cowboys she grew up around. Often called a “natural-born horseperson,” she spent more time with horses than at school. Rebecca gained an excellent reputation as a breeder of fine horses. Founder of the American Paint Stock Horse Association, precursor to the American Paint Horse Association, she began a movement...

Nancy Bragg Witmer

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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...

Florence Youree

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Early in her career, Florence competed in barrel races with no set pattern and sometimes ran around old water heaters. She dedicated herself to promoting the sport and bringing it from a seldom featured novelty event to standardized competition. Florence also led the GRA from a fledgling organization to one of national prominence. With her...

Florence Hughes Randolph

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Ten-time World Champion Cowgirl Trick Rider and World Champion Bronc Rider, Florence made more than 500 rodeo appearances – bronc riding, trick roping, trick riding and roman riding. A petite woman, Florence was thirteen before she learned to ride a horse and taught herself stunt riding. She worked in Wild West shows, raced motorcycles, doubled...

Wilma Mankiller

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Wilma became the first female principal chief in the history of the Cherokee people. Born in Oklahoma, her family moved to California as part of the BIA Relocation Program. Returning to Oklahoma, Wilma worked to educate and empower the Cherokee Nation and, through community development, to preserve its heritage. She led the Nation to become...
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