Fannie Sperry Steele

1978 Cowgirl Honoree – Montana

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(1887-1983)

Fannie took a lifelong fascination with horses and turned it into a rodeo career that included winning the title of World Champion bronc rider and headlining as a sharpshooter. Before she retired from rodeo, Fannie and her husband organized their own Wild West show and a stock company, and toured the country. When she finally left rodeos behind, Fannie went back to Montana to operate a guest ranch, guiding visitors into the Rocky Mountain wilderness until well into her seventies.