Ruth Parton Webster

1988 Cowgirl Honoree – Washington

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(1895-1978)

Called the “Mother of Thoroughbred Racing,” Ruth began racing thoroughbreds on the Yakima Reservation in Washington when she was thirteen. Her successes on the track led to rodeo appearances, and to the sport of relay racing. With six fast Canadian fillies, Ruth brought her winning abilities to the pony-express style races, soon earning the title of World’s Champion Woman Relay Racer. She trained and raced thoroughbreds in Canada and Mexico before retiring in 1929.