National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame to Induct Four Women

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Emmy-winning costume designer and artist, Texas A&M veterinary medicine dean, world champion barrel racer and Cattle Queen of Texas to join 211 honorees in Hall of Fame on Oct. 24, 2013.

These inspiring role models are fitting additions to the other 211 extraordinary Honorees in the Cowgirl Hall of Fame

National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame will induct four accomplished women into its Hall of Fame at its 38th Annual Induction Luncheon Ceremony on Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013, at the Will Rogers Memorial Center, Round Up Inn, 3400 Burnett-Tandy Drive, 76102.

The 2013 honorees are:

  • Eleanor Green, DVM, a pioneer for women in equine veterinary medicine for four decades, is the first female dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences at Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas. Her many other firsts in the profession include being the first female president of three national veterinary associations, the American Association of Equine Practitioners, American Board of Veterinary Practitioners, and American Association of Veterinary Clinicians.
  • Cathy A. Smith of Santa Fe, N.M., is an artist dedicated to preserving the history of the 19th century cowboy/girl and the Plains Indians. Her expansive knowledge is expressed through painting, bead and quillwork, motion picture costume design, and historical consultation. Her work in the epic Western film starring Kevin Costner, “Dances with Wolves,” set the standard for authenticity in Western filmmaking. She has over 35 Western films to her credit including “Comanche Moon” and “Geronimo.” She received an Emmy for Excellence in Costume Design for the television miniseries, "Son of the Morning Star.”
  • Mary Walker of Ennis, Texas, the 2012 Women’s Professional Rodeo Association World Champion barrel racer, is a Texas native who showed determination and tremendous strength after overcoming a life-shattering tragedy and a debilitating injury. After months of physical therapy, she became the second-oldest woman, at age 53, to win the world title. Still competing, this athlete is currently ranked number two in world standings.
  • Elizabeth “Lizzie Johnson” Williams (1840‒1924), who ranched near Austin, Texas, was a pioneer in breaking the barrier into what had always been considered a man’s world: cattle trading. Legend has it that she was one of the first women to drive her own cattle, along with her husband’s, up the Chisholm Trail, earning her the nickname, “The Cattle Queen of Texas.”

“These inspiring role models are fitting additions to the other 211 extraordinary Honorees in the Hall of Fame,” said Patricia W. Riley, executive director of the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame. The Cowgirl preserves the history and highlights the impact of extraordinary Western women from the mid-1800s to the present: the artists and writers, champions and competitive performers, entertainers, ranchers (stewards of land and livestock), trailblazers, and pioneers.

About the Luncheon and Induction Ceremony

Approximately 700 people are expected to attend the luncheon and induction ceremony. The event begins at 11 a.m. with a champagne reception and viewing of Western-style table centerpieces created by 80 designers and a festive bazaar of Western clothing, accessories, and gifts, followed by the luncheon and induction ceremony. For ticket information, email Emmy Lou Prescott at emmylou(at)cowgirl(dot)net or call 817-336-4475.

About the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame

Established in 1975, the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame is the only museum in the world dedicated to honoring and celebrating women, past and present, whose lives exemplify the courage, resilience, and independence that helped shape the American West. Fostering an appreciation of the ideals and spirit of self-reliance that these extraordinary women inspire, the museum is considered an invaluable national educational resource for its exhibits, research library, rare photograph collection, and award-winning distance-learning programs for grades K-12 and adults. Address is 1720 Gendy Street, Fort Worth, Texas 76107.

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