Ollie Osborn

1982 Cowgirl Honoree – Oregon

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(1896-1989)

Ollie was the first woman to pursue the sport of rodeo full time, becoming a multiple champion. Born to Oregon homestead ranchers, she began competing in the early relay races when she was a teenager. She discovered bronc riding and made a name for herself by riding “slick,” without hobbles, like the men. Remembered for her daring rides and extravagant tailor-made clothes, she continued to ride until 1932.