Goodbye to a Champion – Meta Adams

Meta Adams at her ranch. (Photo courtesy of the Adams family)

By Judy Wade

Perhaps you knew Meta Adams as a neighbor, farmer, rancher, teacher, coach, substitute teacher, or friend.
What you may not have known is that she was a Girls Rodeo Association World Champion Bull Rider—not once, but four times—in 1957, 1958, 1959 and 1960.

Adams never received the recognition she deserved, was never inducted into any halls of fame, but she was a very private person, never seeking the limelight. However, she rodeoed with some of the legends of women’s rodeo, women like Jackie Worthington, Dude Barton, Patsy Powell, Thena Mae Farr, Rhea Beach, Fern Sawyer, Wanda Harper, Florence Youree, Betty Abby, Viola Stinson and Nancy Binford.

Born on the Doss Ranch in eastern Clay County, she attended school at Ringgold before the family moved to the Cashion area where she went to school. Sister-in-law Robbie Adams related how Adams’ job as a young girl was to herd the family’s flock of turkeys to keep them from straying too far.

Adams graduated from Burkburnett High School and began attending Hardin College where she met Robbie Harvey, who would soon become her sister-in-law, married to brother O.T. (Twain). The two began attending church at Cashion Baptist where she met another young girl, Patsy Powell, who shared Adams’ interest in sports and rodeo.

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