Prairie Rose Henderson (deceased) made a name for herself during the golden age of rodeo as a champion bronc rider. She became a fierce relay racer, dazzling the crowds not only with her daring feats in the arena but also with her fashion sense and flair for beautiful and inventive performance costumes.
Velma B. Johnston, "Wild Horse Annie" (deceased) was a tireless pioneer in establishing legislation for the protection of wild horses and burros across the United States. Her efforts were instrumental in getting the 1971 Wild Horse and Burro Act passed through Congress which requires the protection, management, and control of wild free-roaming horses and burros on public lands.
Wilma Powell comes from a long lineage of ranchers. Carrying on her family's ranching tradition, she is active in community development and preservation of Western heritage in the Texas Panhandle and northern New Mexico. Powell supports educating future ranchers in FFA and 4H clubs and is a living example of a way of life that has largely disappeared from today's American landscape.
Beverly Sparrowk, a champion barrel racer during the 1960s, became a leading cattle rancher and conservationist. She was a director of the Girl's Rodeo Association in 1972 and was 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 a top cattle rancher.
"These women represent true cowgirl spirit through their accomplishments and determination for excellence," said Patricia Riley, executive director of the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame.
The National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame honors and documents the lives of women who have distinguished themselves while exemplifying the pioneer spirit of the American West. Located at 1720 Gendy St. in Fort Worth’s Cultural District, the museum includes interactive exhibit galleries, three theaters, a retail store and a grand rotunda housing the Hall of Fame. The Museum is open seven days a week – Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Sunday, 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Please visit the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame or call 817/336-4475 or 800/476-FAME (3263) for more information on admission, special exhibits and events.
|Last updated: 01-19-2010|
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