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America’s First Cowgirl: Lucille Mulhall


America’s First Cowgirl: Lucille Mulhall

 

[LUCILLE AT AGE 8]

Lucille Mulhall was already a skilled roper at age 8.

 

The following is quoted from the book jacket of America’s First Cowgirl Lucille Mulhall, by Beth Day, Published by Julian Messner, Inc., 1955. Library of Congress Catalog Card No. 55-9850.

 

“World’s Champion Roper — America’s Greatest Horsewoman — Queen of the Range — and the only woman who ever roped steers competitively with men — Lucille Mulhall held the top spot in contests and vaudeville for twenty years. Will Rogers, friend and teacher, called her the world’s greatest rider.

 

Born in the saddle, Lucille was the spirited daughter of Colonel Zach Mulhall, an Oklahoma ranch owner. Unlike her sisters, she wasn’t interested in dolls and sewing or piano lessons but preferred branding yearlings and roping wolves and jack-rabbits and steers; training her small, sure-footed ponies; practicing the trick riding that was to make her famous all over the country.

 

“While still in her early teens, Lucille was the top cowboy performer in the West. Extremely feminine, soft spoken, and well educated, she seemed a paradox, for she was so steel-muscled she could beat strong and talented men at their own games. She could have been a society belle, but she loved the rough, dangerous life and cowboying was in her blood. Had she been a man, she would have been content to work on a ranch, but as a woman she was a novelty and the only way she could make use of her singular talents was in show business. The term cowgirl was invented to describe her when she took the East by storm in her first appearance at Madison Square Garden (in 1905).”

 

BOBWIRE

 

“From the time Lucille was booked for New York, the newspapers had been attempting to describe the phenomenon that was Lucille Mulhall. They had struggled with such ridiculous descriptions as ‘Female Conqueror of Beef and Horn’ and ‘Lassoer in Lingerie’ to the simpler, more realistic ‘Cowboy Girl’ and ‘Ranch Queen.’

 

“Finally one of them managed to coin a word which would describe the life and talents of any girl who could rope and ride and do ranch work alongside men. The word was ‘cowgirl.’ It was invented to describe Lucille, and it has since become a part of our language.”

 

Top 40 Riders in the PBR


1. Luke Snyder $256,966.67 $2,677.50 $13,716.27 $273,360.44
2. Robson Palermo $238,190.00 $1,000.00 $26,526.28 $265,716.28 -$7,644.16
3. Valdiron de Oliveira $209,858.33 $15,779.40 $7,946.19 $233,583.92 -$39,776.51
4. Shane Proctor $70,333.33 $116,422.40 $0.00 $186,755.73 -$86,604.70
5. Silvano Alves $137,255.00 $6,628.30 $41,036.48 $184,919.78 -$88,440.66
6. LJ Jenkins $149,036.67 $4,046.00 $0.00 $153,082.67 -$120,277.77
7. J. B. Mauney $82,488.33 $60,353.75 $0.00 $142,842.08 -$130,518.35
8. Guilherme Marchi $134,938.33 $0.00 $6,345.90 $141,284.23 -$132,076.20
9. Austin Meier $114,600.00 $16,100.47 $0.00 $130,700.47 -$142,659.97
10. Elton Cide $10,050.00 $4,896.00 $88,445.33 $103,391.33 -$169,969.11
11. Ben Jones $71,210.00 $3,315.00 $22,759.95 $97,284.95 -$176,075.49
12. Mike Lee $33,208.33 $45,883.57 $17,049.91 $96,141.81 -$177,218.62
13. Ryan McConnel $64,728.33 $22,395.50 $2,109.74 $89,233.58 -$184,126.86
14. Douglas Duncan $39,445.00 $47,064.60 $0.00 $86,509.60 -$186,850.84
15. Paulo Lima $65,218.33 $6,497.40 $13,538.50 $85,254.24 -$188,106.20
16. Chris Shivers $84,050.00 $0.00 $0.00 $84,050.00 -$189,310.44
17. Fabiano Vieira $45,760.00 $10,004.84 $26,438.81 $82,203.65 -$191,156.78
18. Colby Yates $80,360.00 $0.00 $0.00 $80,360.00 -$193,000.44
19. Caleb Sanderson $53,820.00 $24,757.78 $0.00 $78,577.78 -$194,782.66
20. Aaron Roy $35,478.33 $15,852.50 $25,145.09 $76,475.93 -$196,884.51
21. Elliott Jacoby $29,913.33 $42,296.79 $0.00 $72,210.12 -$201,150.31
22. Dustin Elliott $41,945.00 $29,430.85 $0.00 $71,375.85 -$201,984.59
23. Rubens Barbosa $0.00 $0.00 $70,570.69 $70,570.69 -$202,789.74
24. Renato Nunes view injuries $70,036.67 $0.00 $0.00 $70,036.67 -$203,323.77
25. Kody Lostroh $40,286.67 $17,370.89 $5,529.76 $63,187.32 -$210,173.12
26. Skeeter Kingsolver $45,935.00 $8,114.72 $5,302.93 $59,352.66 -$214,007.78
27. Tyler Thomson $400.00 $26,000.00 $24,970.71 $51,370.71 -$221,989.73
28. Reese Cates $19,175.00 $15,688.23 $12,592.14 $47,455.37 -$225,905.07
29. Pete Farley $11,808.33 $29,531.55 $6,111.49 $47,451.38 -$225,909.06
30. Stormy Wing $38,455.00 $6,333.35 $0.00 $44,788.35 -$228,572.09
31. Corey Navarre $0.00 $43,516.60 $0.00 $43,516.60 -$229,843.84
32. Ty Pozzobon view injuries $5,300.00 $7,299.90 $29,546.68 $42,146.58 -$231,213.86
33. Cody Campbell $18,530.00 $8,884.20 $12,613.08 $40,027.28 -$233,333.16
34. Douglas Ferreira $13,550.00 $11,810.50 $13,609.26 $38,969.76 -$234,390.68
35. Sean Willingham $27,575.00 $6,252.68 $4,624.00 $38,451.68 -$234,908.75
36. Cody Nance $34,545.00 $2,996.93 $0.00 $37,541.93 -$235,818.51
37. Jordan Hupp $34,785.00 $397.80 $0.00 $35,182.80 -$238,177.64
38. Edimundo Gomes $0.00 $0.00 $34,460.51 $34,460.51 -$238,899.93
39. Justin Koon $2,135.00 $29,391.13 $2,543.20 $34,069.33 -$239,291.11
40. Pistol Robinson

Breeding Season


Starting in late January is when most Bucking stock contractors like to start their breeding season if they are playing the Futurity events, this insures that they all are at the same age and not months apart. I we like our calves to be in the early spring so we do not have to worry about loosing any to the harsh winters that have been of lately. We have also noticed that the calves respond and have a lot more energy and start grazing and eating feed a lot earlier, which in my opinion the grazing before going on feed is helping in growth and health more than having a calf in the winter months. I understand also that winter last a bit longer in the western states that in our area also,with that being said the events could start at later dates and end with later dates and the same money potential still being the same.
We raise our stock not for the big money in the high paying events but because we like raising bucking stock.We like the money do not get me wrong but we also don’t want calves and their mothers stressed out by the cold weather because, they need alot of energy in the cold. Hay make a big difference in feeding winter months and we don’t see calves start on hay as quick as we see the start to graze on pasture that one of the reason we like our early to late spring calves besides being healthier. There is no kind of growth hormones or steroids used on our place what so-ever, it is just not needed and it has been uncovered that some of the big stock contractors of today in the big shows has been caught using them which is illegal to start with (Steroids) I mean. If you can not raise a bucking bull with out cheating at it that shows that you are all about the money and yourself. That being said most of the big stock contractors do not raise their bulls they have big time money backers that make sure that they can just about buy any bull out there. I would like to be able to sit back and say that is actually a bull that I raised and not bought from someone else and shot it up on steroids and cheated my way into the short go.
Some of you may have no clue on anything that I’m talking about in raising rodeo stock or the work that goes into breeding, training or other work that is involved. May this your first time reading about it and have no idea about bull riding just follow along and read previous post and I will start having more informed blogs about the business.