This week, the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame welcomed five 2023 inductees to the elite circle of legendary cowgirls at the 47th Annual Induction Luncheon and Ceremony. These cowgirls were recognized for their unwavering character and dedication to the Western industry among crowds of fellow recipients and industry icons.
The 2023 class of inductees is composed of: Mary Fields– a trailblazing pioneer and postal office worker, Meggan Hill-McQueeney– founder of several therapeutic horse programs, Annie Reynolds– one of the most successful competitors, breeders, and owners of the National Reined Cow Horse Association, Gladys Roldán-de-Moras– an industry-leading painter, and Kendra Santos– one of the most recognized and profound western sports journalists. A full bio of each inductee can be found here.
The star-studded crowd featured past and future Cowgirl Hall of Fame members as cowgirls of all walks of life joined together to celebrate each other and the inspiring spirit of the cowgirl.
‘Fancy Lady Cowgirl’, Courtney DeHoff expressed her appreciation for the cowgirl sisterhood in an Instagram post:
“The @cowgirlmuseum & Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony is always a beautiful reminder that being a cowgirl is embraced by women around the world in their own unique ways.
I can’t express much more because written words can never fully capture what it’s like to be in this room. Being a cowgirl is incredibly personal to me, and it’s the only legacy I aspire to leave behind” said DeHoff, who is pictured alongside 23-time-world champion Jackie Crawford.
The National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame Induction Luncheon also presented the 2023 Patsy Montana Entertainer Award and 2023 Mitzi Lucas Riley Award. The Patsy Montana Entertainer Award was presented to singer-songwriter and actress, Lainey Wilson.
We tip our hat to all the amazing cowgirls at the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame and the 2023 Hall of Fame inductees, congratulations cowgirls!