California Travel Tips

Salute to California Cowgirls

Published on: May 07, 2012

Photos left to right:  former Miss California Rodeo, a competitor in Antelope Valley rodeo, Dale Evans with Trigger, and tribute statue to cowgirls created by one of the world’s most famous Western artists who resides in California.

California cowgirls are often overshadowed by California cowboys but women’s contributions to Western culture are immense. Roy Rogers & Dale Evans were trailblazers who brought attention to America’s unique culture–they lived it through their hit songs, movies and TV shows.

According to Dale Evans being a Cowgirl is an attitude made up of a pioneer spirit and a special American brand of courage. The cowgirl faces life head-on, lives by her own lights, and makes no excuses. Cowgirls take stands; they speak up. They defend things they hold dear.  Dale Evans is one of the best known cowgirls from California who received countless awards throughout her life, including Cowgirl Honoree at National Cowgirl Museum in Fort Worth, Texas.

20 California cowgirls have been inducted into the museum’s hall of fame, and each is a shining example of what cowgirls represent. Among the recipients are one of the nation’s top breeders of Arabian horses, Wild West rodeo performers, and Julie Krone, the best known female jockey in the U.S., who earned purse totals of over $80 million during her horse racing career.

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