One of the first inductees into the National Cowboy Hall of Fame, Mattie Goff was a pioneer in the sport of rodeo. Which three events did she compete in?   ‪#‎TriviaTuesday‬ ‪#‎CowgirlGritAndGrace‬
Mattie participated in bronc riding, trick riding and relay racing during her rodeo career. The first rodeo Mattie participated in was at Sioux Falls, SD, in 1921. Her trick riding skills were self-taught. She perfected her tricks and the speed at which she performed them. Mattie was soon nicknamed "the fastest trick rider on the fastest horse around."

In her career, which spanned over a decade, Mattie had three main horses - Bob, Pal and Buster. She performed such tricks as the Roman Stand, Under the Neck, Under the Belly, Slick Saddle Stand, Back Drag, Spin the Horn, and many others. The most dangerous was the Back Drag. This stunt required Mattie to place a foot in a loop on either side of the saddle, bend over backwards laying over the rear of the horse until her hands touched the ground, and then pulling herself into an upright position unassisted. This trick is so dangerous, because you don't have your hands in control of the horse. In addition, if the horse's hooves would come too high, they could hit you in the head. Luckily, Mattie was never hurt while performing at a rodeo in any of her three events.

Mattie retired from her rodeo career in the late 1930's, but not before earning the title of All-Around Cowgirl and World Champion Trick Rider several times.  After marrying, Mattie turned her attentions to her ranch in South Dakota.  

She was inducted into the National Cowboy Hall of Fame in September 1961 as a Charter Member and into the South Dakota Hall of Fame in September 1989. The Casey Tibbs Foundation honored Mattie at their Tribute Dinner in 1991. Mattie was inducted into the National Cowgirl Hall of Fame and Western Heritage Center in Fort Worth, TX, in November 1994.



08/28/2016 11:19am

I am delighted to learn all about it as I missed this Trivia and have been waiting for the preview desperately! It also provides insight into her life and personality, which is a plus! Thank you for enlightening us with this amazing knowledge!


I enjoy watching rodeo competitions. Never in my wildest dreams will I try rodeo. It's a life threatening sports that needs years of practice and experience. I have never watched any of Mattie's video or maybe video recording wasn't available that time? But it's an incredible news that a first inductee to be included in national cowboy hall of fame is a woman. I salute her because these sport is mainly for men.

06/14/2017 7:02am

Rodeo world isn't complete without Mattie Goff, we all know that. Her contribution to this craft is something relevant up to these days, and we should never see it as a small thing. But I am thankful to have seem these trivia. Though I admit that I am a fan of her, I realized there are still couple of facts I don't know about her. Overall, she's really a woman of courage and passion!


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