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Patsy Montana: Country Singer, Songwriter, Cowgirl

Patsy Montana wasn’t the rodeo cowgirl kind, but she was a cowgirl. She sang songs for and about the cowgirl. Here is a short peek into the life of a singing cowgirl who was a yodeler, an actress, and songwriter.

Patsy’s real name was Ruby Rose Blevin. She was born October 30, 1908 in Beaudry, Arkansas. One source said she was born in Hope Springs, Arkansas.

She came by her performance name when she worked with Monte Montana, a silent film actor and champion cow roper.

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Lucille Mulhall Cowgirl

A rodeo scene

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. Continue reading Lucille Mulhall Cowgirl

Riding Open’s the Heart

Cowboys at a round-up.
Cowboys at a round-up.

Riding my horse out in the sagebrush covered land opens my heart wide to thoughts of the cowboys who rode here in the far western past.  I know there were cowgirls and Indians too.  I can imagine the Indians riding their painted ponies with no saddles and probably a length of rawhide for a bridle.  They had a freedom with their horses that I can only dream about. Continue reading Riding Open’s the Heart

History of Rodeos

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Where Was the First Rodeo?

On July 4th in either 1864 or 1869 (I’ve read both years in two different places) two ranches near Deer Trail, Colorado, got together to resolve an ongoing argument. The cowboys were always arguing about who was the best at roping, riding, and other ranch duties. So on this day they got together to hash out who was best. This day in the history of rodeos has been named as the first rodeo.

I wonder if they ever discovered who was the best. I didn’t find any answer to which ranch won out or what cowboy came in first in an event. Maybe it was all a draw. After all riding, roping, and herding cows was what they did all day, every day. They were all excellent cowboys and knew their job. Continue reading History of Rodeos