Kathryn P. "Kathy" White
Fannie Steele describes growing up in Mitchell, Montana, on her family’s ranch and her early introduction to horses and riding untrained horses. She discusses her career riding in many rodeos in Montana and other locations before 1920. Steele recalls various rodeos she attended and how they differed, and she talks about the prize money she won. She also describes why she chose not to ride “hobble” like most other women rodeo performers at that time, and discusses why riding “slick” like the men was safer and contributed to her success as a performer. Steele briefly discusses her married life and her decision not to have children in order to continue her riding career.
Montana rodeos; Rodeos, women; Women rodeo performers; Buffalo Bill; Trick riders, women; Steele, Fannie Sperry
Montana Women's Oral History Project, OH 049, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula
University of Montana--Missoula. Mansfield Library
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1 sound cassette (01:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (28 p.: 28 cm.)
Steele, Fannie Sperry, "Fannie Sperry Steele Interview, October 22, 1976" (1976). Montana Women's Oral History Project. 44.