National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame Honors Six Women

Miss Rodeo Texas, Reba McEntire, Jacqueline Smith-McEntire and Miss Rodeo America at the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame induction ceremony. (Photo by Corsi Martin)

By Corsi Martin

Every year the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame inducts brave, strong, and tenacious women into their Hall of Fame. These women and the women before them are those who have essentially shaped the American West for cowgirls, paving a way for future generations.

This year’s ceremony was one for the books. Six beautiful, audacious, strong women were inducted. Those six women include Ann D. Romney, Mary Burger, Ashley Collins, Margaret McGinley Dickens, and none other than the saucy red-head we all know and love, Reba McEntire and her mother, Jacqueline Smith McEntire. That’s right — Reba was inducted into the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame alongside her loving mother.

Ann D. Romney, wife of 2008 Republican Presidential Candidate, Mitt Romney, was an honoree at the ceremony and was awarded the 2017 Gloria Lupton Tennison Pioneer Award. Romney stood strong through many trials in her life, including being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 1997 and later fighting breast cancer.

Through the storm, Romney made it her mission to be an inspiration to others. Today, she dedicates her work to finding a cure for other neurological diseases and has even launched a study center for such research to take place.

Mary Burger, the 68-year-old record-breaking barrel racer, has been shattering molds for quite some time now, and according to her, she’s still not done. From surpassing the record of dollars earned in a regular season to becoming the oldest woman to qualify for the NFR finals, Burger is far from calling it quits.

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