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Cindy Hirschfeld

Bronc rider Ruth Roach Salmon (1896-1986). Photos courtesy of the National Cowgirl Hall of Fame and Museum.

Ride Like a Girl

A group of pioneering female athletes rode roughstock events in the early 20th century before participation dwindled. What happened? Is it true that ?The end of women?s rodeo was Gene Autry. He put women in their ?place,? in the square dances and out of competition.?