Cowgirl Hall of Fame Honorees
Paws Up was honored to welcome the following Cowgirl Hall of Fame Honorees to the 2015 Cowgirl Spring Roundup. The 2016 honorees will be announced soon.
Sunny Hale has been referred to as “the most famous female polo player in the world.” She is an active supporter of women’s polo and has spent much of her career competing against men. In 2000, when her team won the U.S. Open Polo Championship, she outranked 96 percent of all polo players, male or female, in the world.
Audrey lives the cowgirl life with tenacity, generosity and passion. Audrey was a member of the famous Flying Valkyries, a roman riding group in the 1950s. After her children were grown, her love for equestrian sports took center stage and she started team penning, sorting and excelling in overall horsemanship. Her competitive nature remains strong today as she continues to promote the Western lifestyle.
Donna Howell-Sickles was born in Gainesville, Texas and raised on a 900 acre farm. Attracted by the charm and confidence of the woman in the image, she began incorporating the cowgirl figure into her work, as well as collecting and researching these old-time cowgirl images. Her paintings can be found in museum collections throughout the West.
Barbra Schulte is a lifelong horsewoman and champion cutter. Cutting is the skill of using a “cutting horse” to separate a single cow from a herd. She’s also a trainer, educator, clinician, equine consultant and author of three books on confidence, toughness and riding techniques.
Barbara Van Cleve comes from a ranching family and is an award-winning Western-life photographer. She’s known for capturing candid and authentic moments of ranch culture as well as her stunning nighttime images of horses, riders and landscapes lit only by starlight.