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Wanda Harper Bush 1969 National Finals Rodeo Queen Hereford Tex-Tan SaddleGo Back
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Wanda Harper Bush was an American barrel racer who was inducted into the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame in 1978 and the ProRodeo Hall of Fame in 2017. The August 2017 induction ceremony was ProRodeo’s 38th annual event, and marked the first time in the event’s history that the class of inductees included barrel racers from the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association (WPRA). Bush competed in the Girl’s Rodeo Association (GRA), now known as the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association (WPRA) and won two World Barrel Racing Championships, in 1952 and 1953.
If a fiction writer had invented the character of Wanda Harper Bush the critics may have condemned the figure as unbelievable. Thankfully, for thousands of professional barrel racers, Bush was no figment of a writer’s imagination but a tough-as-nails competitor who dedicated much of her life to helping others learn her sport and to leaving that sport better than she found it.
In August 2017, Bush was posthumously inducted into the ProRodeo Hall of Fame. Fittingly, she is breaking new ground one more time; Bush is part of the very first class of inductees from the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association (WPRA) to be inducted into the ProRodeo Hall of Fame under a new agreement between the WPRA and the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) which manages the Hall. In fact, in the 18 years from 1951 to 1969, there was only one year (1961) that Bush failed to win at least one GRA World title. She finished her career with 32, far more than any other competitor in the Association’s history.
From the local match race, to every major Stock Show, to the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, Bush won across every association in which she tried her hand often beating both male and female competitors.
Presented is one of Wanda Harper Bush’s saddles. Yes, the rodeo queen herself! In fact, the saddle itself declares it as it was expertly embossed with the event this was presented to her at: “NATIONAL FINALS RODEO QUEEN 1969 – OKLAHOMA CITY – OKLA.”.
It is a Hereford Tex-Tan saddle that was manufactured here in the USA (Yoakum, Texas). There is tremendous pride and craftmanship put in to every saddle they made. One of the photos near the rear of the cantle on the back housing portion show the four digit coding (1161) registration number (969-9934) which indicates that it was made in 1969. The leather is beautifully embossed with white stitch accents on the seat.
The saddle is balanced and extremely comfortable at 25″ long (33″ high) with a seat span of 33″. It features Blevins buckles. It shows wear throughout and was well rode by the Queen, Harper. Although it looks like something that should be appreciated in a museum, it could still be utilized on the back of a horse. Included is a photo style match of the types of saddles that were awarded at the National Finals rodeo events.
Please note, an oversized shipping surcharge will apply and the wooden stand is not included. Giddy up!