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The 2019 National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame Inductees & Inaugural Sergeant Reckless Award Winn…

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The National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame welcomed five 2019 Inductees and a recipient of a new award at the 44th Annual Induction Luncheon and Ceremony presented by the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo on Wednesday, Nov. 13. The 2019 Inductees represent all types of cowgirls – continuing to show the depth and breadth of the women honored at the Museum. The Induction class includes Mayisha Akbar, Janell Kleberg, Stacie Dieb McDavid, RADM (ret) Christina Alvarado Shanahan, Laura Wilson and Inaugural Sergeant Reckless Award recipient Robin Hutton.” “Every year we are awed by the accomplished cowgirls that continue to be inducted to our Hall of Fame,” said executive director of the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame, Patricia W. Riley. “This year’s Inductees define and represent all of the diverse qualities that uphold the standards of a cowgirl’s true character.”

“The National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame honors and celebrates women, past and present, whose lives exemplify the courage, resilience and independence that helped shape the American West, and fosters an appreciation of the ideals and spirit of self-reliance they inspire.”

About the Hall of Fame

“Our legendary Honorees, past and present, remind us of the opportunities we can and will continue to explore. 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. The Hall of Fame’s purpose is twofold: to preserve the history and impact of western women living from the mid-1800s to present day, and to foster an appreciation for their ideals and spirit of self-reliance. These women are the legacy of legends — artists and writers, contributors to the cowgirl legacy, champions and competitive performers, entertainers, ranchers (stewards of land and livestock), trailblazers and pioneers.”

About the Induction Ceremonies

“Over 200 remarkable women have been inducted into the National Cowgirl Hall of Fame since 1975. Every year, four or five women are chosen from a pool of hundreds of worthy nominees to be honored at the Induction luncheon and ceremony.”

The 2019 National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame Inductees & Inaugural Sergeant Reckless Award Winner

2019 Cowgirl Inductee, Mayisha Akbar

Mayisha Akbar. Photo courtesy of the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame.
“Mayisha Akbar, established her nonprofit, the Compton Jr. Posse Youth Equestrian Program, as an alternative to the gang and drug lifestyle, which was prevalent in the area. The program provides opportunities that include trainings and apprenticeships with international trainers and Olympic gold medalists, like show jumper William Simpson. Akbar said she was honored when her students picked up the reins after she retired. Her program has been featured nationally, including by Good Morning America and the New York Times. Among her numerous honors, she was named California Legislature Woman of the Year.” Click here to learn more about Mayisha Akbar.

2019 Cowgirl Inductee, Janell Kleberg

Janell Kleberg. Photo courtesy of the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame.
“Janell Kleberg, author of Waiting for Daylight: King Ranch Images from the Past, has been involved with all aspects of the ranch work, from breaking, training and showing horses with her husband to working cattle on properties in Texas, Brazil, Argentina and Australia. She also captured the images for her book on horseback, working in the heat and dust while moving the massive herds. Kleberg’s dedication to the native lands of South Texas supports the Caesar Kleberg Foundation for Wildlife Conservation. She collaborated with Hermès artist Kermit Oliver on a visit to the conservation institute. The resulting scarf named for the institute is replete with Texas wildlife, and a portion of the proceeds now benefit their protection.” Click here to learn more about Janell Kleberg.

2019 Cowgirl Inductee, Stacie Dieb McDavid

Stacie Dieb McDavid. Photo courtesy of the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame.
“Stacie Dieb McDavid, who resides in Fort Worth, Texas, is the CEO of McDavid Investments Company. A businesswoman from an early age, she opened and ran a franchise of 32 fitness centers by the age of 22. She is an avid competitor in the NCHA and the 2016 American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) Amateur Cutting World Champion and 2017 Reserve Champion. McDavid has also been inducted into the National Cutting Horse Assocation (NCHA) Non-Pro Hall of Fame and Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame, and she is a board member of the Fort Worth Zoo and MD Anderson Cancer Center. Most recently, she was governor-appointed to the Texas Woman’s University Board of Regents.” Click here to learn more about Stacie Dieb McDavid.

2019 Cowgirl Inductee, RADM (ret) Christina Alvarado Shanahan

RADM (ret) Christina Alvarado Shanahan. Photo courtesy of the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame.
“The Hall of Fame’s first Navy Inductee, RADM (ret) Christina Alvarado Shanahan, from North Carolina, was the first nurse to command Naval Reserve Expeditionary Medical Facility Dallas One, a commissioned unit whose mission is expeditionary medicine and directly contributed to the saving of American lives. She was the first nurse of Hispanic heritage to be selected to the rank of rear admiral in the Nurse Corps and the first Hispanic female to achieve the rank of Rear Admiral Upper Half. Alvarado received several military awards, including the Legion of Merit and Meritorious Service Medal. She is also a three-time consecutive American Paint Horse Association (APHA) Hunter Under Saddle World Champion.” Click here to learn more about RADM (ret) Christina Alvarado Shanahan.

2019 Cowgirl Inductee, Laura Wilson

Laura Wilson. Photo courtesy of the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame.
“Photographer Laura Wilson, got her start with Richard Avedon on his American West project. Now in the fourth decade of her career, Wilson’s current interest is documenting the work of mountain lion hunters in Arizona. Her award-winning books, photographic exhibitions and articles attest to the ruggedness and individuality of people within the American West. Wilson’s work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Vanity Fair, GQ Magazine and more. She has won multiple book and photography awards and is honored with membership to the Texas Institute of Letters and the Philosophical Society of Texas.” Click here to learn more about Laura Wilson.

Inaugural Sergeant Reckless award winner, Robin Hutton

Robin Hutton. Photo courtesy of the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame.
“Inaugural Sergeant Reckless award winner Robin Hutton’s first book, Sgt Reckless: America’s War Horse, was a New York Times Bestseller, named 2015 Equine Book of the Year by American Horse Publications and received a 2016 Gold Medal from the Military Writers Society of America. Currently she is president of Angels Without Wings, Inc., a nonprofit corporation that spearheaded the development and dedication of three national monuments to Sgt. Reckless. Her latest book inspired a new project, the Animals in War & Peace Medal of Bravery. The inaugural ceremony for this medal will launch the International War Animals Museum. She also received the Ambassador for Peace Medal from the South Korean Government.” Click here to learn more about Robin Hutton. To learn more about the Inaugural Sergeant Reckless award, click here. For more information on the The National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame Hall of Fame Nominations and Induction Selection process, click here. For more information on the The National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame, click here.  

Congratulations to these cowgirls.

“Here’s to strong women. May we know them. May we be them. May we raise them.” – Unknown.

– COWGIRL