By Tara ChristiansenThe American Quarter Horse JournalOctober 25, 2011
Sandy Collier shows Tazs Precious Peppy at the NRCHA Hackamore Classic. (Photo by Primo Morales. Courtesy of NRCHA).
The National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame is the only museum in the world dedicated to honoring and celebrating women, past and present, whose lives exemplify the courage, resilience and independence that helped shape the American West. The National Cowgirl Hall of Fame also fosters an appreciation of the ideals and spirit of self-reliance that these cowgirls inspire. It is the legacy of legends.
The National Cowgirl Hall of Fame announced Sandy Collier, Sarah “Sally” Buxkemper, Mary Lou LeComtpe and Anna Mebus Martin as inductees to the Hall of Fame for 2011, as well four extraordinary cowgirls from the golden era of women’s rodeo. This latter group includes Marie Gibson, Eloise “Fox Hastings” Wilson, Mary Emma Manning Lillie “May Lillie” and Pauline Nesbitt.
All eight women will be honored during the 36th Annual Induction Luncheon Ceremony October 26 at the Will Rogers Memorial Center in Fort Worth.
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About the Hall of Fame
The purpose of the National Cowgirl Hall of Fame is to preserve the history and highlight the impact of western women living roughly from the mid-1800s to the present: the artists and writers, champions and competitive performers, entertainers, ranchers (stewards of land and livestock), trailblazers and pioneers. Since 1975, more than 200 extraordinary women have been inducted into the National Cowgirl Hall of Fame.
Open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday from 12 p.m.-5 p.m., admission is $10 for adults ages 13 and up and $8 for children ages 3-12 and senior citizens. Group rates and docent tours are available. For more information, call (817) 336-4475 or (800) 476-FAME, or visit www.cowgirl.net.
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