In 1975 Fannie Sperry Steele was one of the first of three women inducted into the Rodeo Hall of Fame. A few years later at ninety, Fannie summed up her life: “To the yesterdays that are gone, to the cowboys I used to know, to the bronc busters that rode beside me, to the horses beneath me (sometimes) I take off my hat. I wouldn’t have missed one minute of it.” Fannie died in 1983.
Man O' War with beloved groom Will Harbut. Man O'War died just 4 weeks after Will's passing, those close said it was of a broken heart, missing his best friend. Man O' War was the first horse to be embalmed, and the casket was lined in his racing colors. His funeral was broadcast internationally on the radio, with thousands paying their respects and sending condolences.
A pioneer in women’s rodeo competition, Bertha Blancett was the first woman to ride broncs at Cheyenne, marking the start of female participation in rodeos. Making a name for herself as a bronc rider, she joined several Wild West shows, including the 101 Ranch Show, and worked in films under contract to Bison Pictures
Taken in 1941, this photo is of Cowgirl Hall of Fame Honoree, Lucyle Richards, as she rides underneath the belly of her horse, Chief Geronimo in Houston, Texas. As if the trick wasn't impressive enough, Richards also trained this wild horse herself.
Viggo Mortensen You could say that horses are one of Mortensen's major passions in life. The actor got so close to Uraeus and Kenny, the two horses he rode in "Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King," that he purchased them at the end of filming. He also bought T.J., the horse he rode in the film "Hidalgo." His love of horses inspired him to publish a photography book, "The Horse Is Good," partially shot from his time working on "Hidalgo."
Frank Boardman "Pistol Pete" Eaton (October 26, 1860 – April 8, 1958) was an American author, cowboy, scout, Indian fighter, and Deputy U. S. Marshal for Judge Isaac C. Parker. He was also known to throw a coin in the air, draw and shoot it before it hit the ground.