Lucille Mulhall was certainly a cowgirl. From being part of a family who participated in the Oklahoma land rush of 1889 to winning roping and riding competitions against cowboys, she earned the title.
Lucille was born October 21, 1885 (only four years old when her family claimed their 160 acres in the land claim). Lucille sure had the land to roam over which she did. The 160 acres soon grew into eighty thousand acres, some of which was leased, but the family lived there and used it so had the rights to it.
Riding all over the Oklahoma country side, Lucille came by her horsemanship in the most natural of ways. She knew horses and loved them. Her three approaches to handling a horse was patience, perseverance, and gentleness. No wonder she was able to train her horse, Governor some forty tricks.
One Story of How the Term “Cowgirl” Came About
Will Rogers of humorist, cowboy, actor fame could have been the first to give Lucille the title of “cowgirl”. She sure did give the word significance and meaning in the years since. She left quite a legacy. One I can definitely not live up to, but I can admire. She was obviously not one to sit on the sideline or the stadium seat. She got on bucking horses and roped cow’s right out there in the arena.
Lucille took part in steer roping competition. She roped and tied three steers in three minutes and thirty-six seconds. The cowboys tried but were unable to beat her time.
Lucille was known by other names too, such as Rodeo Queen, Queen of the Western Prairie, and Queen of the Saddle. That would be neat to be such a rider and performer to earn those names.
Mulhall Wild West Show
Her first showmanship was probably during her father Col. Zach Mulhall’s wild west shows he began in the early 1900s. He called it the Mulhall Wild West Show.
She rode bucking horses, roped, and was pretty good with a rifle as well.
She started her own show in 1913 and in 1916 she was the producer of her own rodeo; Lucille Mulhall’s Roundup. I sure would have liked to watch one of her rodeos and seen her perform.
Lucille traveled and performed world-wide till 1917. She did do some performing into the 30s but just around her own area of Oklahoma and Texas.
Lucille lived and worked on her own ranch in Oklahoma. I haven’t found much information on that part of her life, but if she worked her ranch like she performed in the rodeos I’m sure she was quite a rancher too.
Lucille Mulhull died from a car accident on her ranch in 1940. She was 55 years old.
In 1975 the Rodeo Queen was brought into the Rodeo Hall of Fame. In 1977 she was inducted into the National Cowgirl Hall of Fame.
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