Bertha Blancett

legendary-women-in-western-historyBertha Blancett was the first woman to ride broncos in Cheyenne’s Frontier Days and was a pioneer for women performing in rodeo. A performer of the Miller Brother’s 101 Ranch show (among various other groups), she made a name for herself and allowed many following women to do the same, proving they could ride broncs with the best of men. Bertha won the bucking championship in Pendleton, Oregon in 1911, 1912, and in 1914.  Like Mabel Woodward, Blancett later moved to California to work in movies performing stunts and offering her personal coaching to others on set. During off-time from the studio, she continued to compete in rodeo events. Bertha passed away in 1979 and was inducted into the Cheyenne Frontier Days Hall of Fame in 2006.