Reba Perry Blakely

1979 Cowgirl Honoree – California



When she was a young child, Reba learned to ride a horse because she had difficulty walking. From that start, she became an accomplished trick roper, rider and World Champion Relay Rider. She left rodeo to teach horsemanship, but with her interest in preserving rodeo history, Reba became a recognized historical researcher, using collected stories from the people she met and her own experiences to become an author of Western and rodeo history.