Professional Trick Rider Ginger Duke

Photo courtesy Tricia Butler Photography

Power. Grace. Fearlessness. Strength. Those are just a few of the words that come to mind when watching the death-defying stunts performed by trick riders and their equine partners.

Ginger Duke, lead performer for “The Dynamite Dames,” is one of the best in the business, leaving audiences breathless with her stunning, adrenaline-packed routines that display her abilities as a professional trick rider, roman rider and liberty horse trainer. Duke grew up in Granbury, Texas, doing gymnastics and eventually cheerleading at both the high school and college level. She did not begin trick riding until she was 19 years old, when she bought her very first horse and quickly fell in love with riding.

“When I was in college, I decided I was getting a horse, and I did,” Duke recalled. “I joined a group that did drill and trick riding, and that’s where it began.”

Duke’s background in gymnastics and cheer provided her with the skills needed for trick riding, such as body positioning and control. Combined with her passion for horses and strong work ethic, her transition into trick riding was seamless.

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