Cowgirl Hall of Fame Honorees
Paws Up is honored to welcome the following Cowgirl Hall of Fame Honorees to the 2016 Cowgirl Spring Roundup:
A pioneer for women in equine veterinary medicine for four decades, Green is the first female dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences at Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas. Her many other firsts in the profession include being the first female president of three national veterinary associations, the AAEP, ABVP and AAVC.
An artist dedicated to preserving the history of the 19th century cowboy/girl and the Plains Indians. Her expansive knowledge is expressed through painting, bead and quillwork, motion picture costume design, and historical consultation. Her work in the epic Western film starring Kevin Costner, “Dances with Wolves,” set the standard for authenticity in Western filmmaking.
Barbara’s photographs of the ranching West realistically portray ranch life in the modern West. Raised on the family’s Montana ranch, she learned ranch life as a participant, with photography as an avocation. Barbara taught English Literature and Photography at DePaul University in Chicago, becoming the youngest Dean of Women in the U.S. She retired from teaching to pursue photography full time.
Westfall received her first pony at age six and has claimed to be “obsessed with horses from the beginning.” Unique to the freestyle reining competitions, Westfall was often bridleless and in some cases, even competed bareback. In 2003, she won the National Reining Horse Association Freestyle Reining Competition, riding without a bridle. In 2006, Westfall was the first female to win the Road to the Horse competition.