Sydna Yokley Woodyard

1977 Cowgirl Honoree – California


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(1922-1959)

Sydna was one of the founders of the American Quarter Horse Association and a noted quarter horse breeder, but it was her rodeo career that brought her fame. Raised on a Texas ranch, she was a top-notch calf roper and trick rider in the 1940s and 1950s whose performances at Madison Square Garden and Boston caught the attention of Hollywood and the most popular national magazines, helping to popularize women’s roping contests.