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Below are cowgirl pictures taken at a women's ranch rodeo.

Ranch rodeo showcases cowboys and/or cowgirls riding, roping, sorting, penning cattle, and displaying other skills they use in every day ranch work.

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A cowgirl ropes a crooked-horned steer


Cowgirl mugging a steer


Cowgirls competing in a ranch rodeo

A cowgirl sorting a calf

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A cowgirl in the sorting event


Cowgirl boots


A cowgirl's hat is flattened by a steer


A cowgirl hangs onto a steer even though she is off the ground


A cowgirl gets pinned beneath the steer


Cowgirls mug their steer in dusty arena


Four cowgirls work to lay a steer on its side

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Buffalo Bill Cody, Early Rodeo, and Cowgirls

In 1882, while visiting his home and ranch near North Platte, Nebraska, " Buffalo Bill" Cody organized and put on his first official rodeo-type event for the town’s Fourth of July celebration. Although these types of events weren't called rodeos at the time, it was as much the kind of event that would later be known as a rodeo as anything else held in those days.

The show was a spectacular one. The day included bronco busting, buffalo and steer roping and riding, and shooting contests. For one of the events four or five head of buffalo were turned loose for the competing cowboys to rope and then ride. Several accounts claim that one of the buffalos was ridden by two men at one time, and another witness reported that some of the cowboys had saddled a buffalo before it was ridden. In spite of the fact that there were no bleachers or hardly any other accommodations for the huge crowd, or any chutes or facilities to handle the livestock, everyone seemed to have a rollicking great time.

It was less than a year later, on May 17, 1883, that Bill Cody debuted his first official Wild West show in Omaha, Nebraska. This show not only featured sharp shooting, races, and reenactments, it also strongly featured cowboy skills such as riding and roping. Its debut was a huge success and it was this show, in various forms for a period of 30 years, that would take early, rodeo type events not just all over the American East and West, but abroad to such cities as London, Rome, and Paris.

Cowgirls In The Show

Besides capitalizing on and contributing to the early popularity of what would one day be called a rodeo, Buffalo Bill made another significant contribution to the early form of the sport: He added women and cowgirls to the show.

Bill Cody didn’t just add women and cowgirls to his Wild West shows in small roles, but he used them in featured or even starring roles as well. Two years after debuting his first Wild West show Buffalo Bill and his partner at the time, Nate Salsbury, hired a 25 year old markswoman with the stage name of Annie Oakley. Annie was given billing with the show, a high honor. Decidedly feminine in appearance but a total master of a what was then considered to be a masculine skill, Annie thrilled the crowds wherever the show traveled.

Annie’s success with the crowds was so huge that Buffalo Bill began hiring other women for important, even featured, roles in his shows. Within the next few years he had hired Lillian Smith, another outstanding markswoman, Mrs. Georgie Duffy (a cowgirl known as the “Rough Rider From Wyoming”) and Emma Lake Thatcher, (billed as Emma Hickock), an outstanding equestrienne, to name just a few.


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