“I wanted to see more of the world and the rodeo circuit was a fascinating thing for a young girl in those days…fast moving, excitement all of the time…it was a fine life.”


Ollie Osborn (1896-1989)
By 16 years, Ollie Osborn was bucking horses. She was a champion Bronc rider and caught the eye of the world. Ollie was the first woman to pursue the sport of Rodeo full-time. She was an extravagant personality who was known for her ‘daring’ rides and beautiful tailor-made clothing. In 1916, Ollie signed a contract to go on a ‘coast to coast’ tour. She earned $100 a month. During her first season she didn’t have one ‘buck off’ an achievement that few rodeo champions can ever claim. She was inducted in the Cowgirl Hall of Fame in 1982.