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Mabel Strickland was a very early rodeo trick rider and cowgirl. She was one of only two ladies to rope and bust steers in the 1920's. She also rode broncs, Although only 5' 4" and 112 lbs dripping wet, she was tough as wang leather and was named Worlds Champion Lady Bronc Buster and Trick Rider in 1921.

World Champion Saddle Bronc Rider Jesse Wright during the 2012 Pendleton Round-Up. #TeamWrangler

Mabel Strickland, Queen of the Pendleton Roundup of 1927. Known as the 'Lovely Lady of Rodeo'.

Round-Up and Happy Canyon Hall of Fame: John Spain A Cottage Grove native, Spain was born in 1881 and participated in the very first Round-Up. Spain died at the age of 47 after winning six saddles as a saddle bronc rider.

Bertha Kaepernik Cheyenne Frontier Days First Cowgirl Saddle Bronc Rider (Jon Kain's great great aunt)

Bronc rider...looks like the 1930's

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only female saddle bronc rider in prca, Kaila Mussel

Mabel Strickland - Rodeo Queen circa 1925. Mabel Strickland (1897-1976) told a New York reporter, “I know you think I’m a paradox, but I belong in the saddle for I’ve been there since I was three. I love the open, dogs, horses, guns, the trees, the flowers...Still I love dresses and everything that goes with them.”