Legendary Cowgirls: Bonnie McCarroll

Bonnie McCarroll

Bonnie McCarroll was a legendary cowgirl who lived in the early 20th century. Born in 1897 in a small town in Idaho, Bonnie grew up on a ranch and began riding horses at a young age. By the time she was a teenager, she was already an accomplished rider and competed in local rodeos.

In 1919, Bonnie entered the Pendleton Round-Up rodeo in Oregon, one of the most prestigious rodeos in the country. She competed in the bronc riding event, which involved riding a bucking horse for as long as possible. Bonnie was the only woman competing in the event, and many spectators doubted that she could handle the rough and dangerous ride.

But Bonnie proved them wrong. She not only rode her bronc for the full eight seconds required to score, but she did it with style and grace, earning the admiration of the crowd and her fellow riders. Bonnie went on to compete in rodeos all over the country, becoming known as one of the best bronc riders of her time.

Sadly, Bonnie's career was cut short in 1929 when she was killed during a rodeo in California. She was riding a horse named Silver, who suddenly stumbled and fell, throwing Bonnie to the ground. She suffered a fatal head injury and died a few hours later.

Despite her tragic death, Bonnie McCarroll's legacy lives on. She was a trailblazer for women in the rodeo world, and her courage and skill continue to inspire cowgirls and riders today. In 1989, she was inducted into the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame, and her story serves as a reminder of the bravery and determination of women in the Old West.

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