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National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame Announces 2008 Inductees
"Wild Horse Annie"

FORT WORTH, Texas – The National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame is proud to announce the 2008 Hall of Fame inductees. They will be honored during the 33rd Annual Induction Luncheon Ceremony on Thursday, October 9, 2008 at the Will Rogers Memorial Center in Fort Worth, Texas.

Audrey O’Brien Griffin lives the cowgirl life with tenacity, generosity and passion. Before raising her family, Griffin 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 remained and she started team penning, sorting and excelling in overall horsemanship. Her competitive spirit remains strong today as she continues to promote the Western lifestyle.

Dawn Lapppin (right) with Sharon Camarillo (left) Accepting Cowgirl Hall of Fame Award for "Wild Horse Annie"

Master of Ceremony, Sharon Camarillo(left), presenting Dawn Lappin (right) with Cowgirl Hall of Fame Award for "Wild Horse Annie" (deceased).

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.

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