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Mabel Strickland in a posed Cowgirl Portrait, circa 1935. Queen of the Pendleton Roundup of 1927, Strickland was often referred to by the press as the “Lovely Lady of Rodeo.” She was also a champion relay racer. Using three horses to complete a 1 ½ mile racetrack, the relay racer changed horses after each ½ mile, having to use one saddle which forced the competitor to unsaddle, re-saddle and remount each horse.

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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.

Rose Smith, Cowgirl Portrait circa 1930 Printed from original negative, silver gelatin dry plate, 7"x5" Rose Smith was a trick and bronc rider. In 1923 at Ringling’s Madison Square Garden contest, she won $960, including the $600 first prize in bronc riding, $185 day money (daily prizes), and $175 in the costume event. She was married to Oklahoma Curly Roberts.

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