Bernice Walsh McLaughlin won the Canadian Rodeo Champion High Jump contest in 1911, setting a new record. According to the book, Buried Treasures: Famous and Unusual Gravesites in New Mexico History, she cleared 6’2” on a borrowed cowpony named Smokey.

She was a natural horsewoman, winning numerous jumping contests and relay races. Raised doing ranch work, she and her husband homesteaded in New Mexico. After he died, Bernice managed to keep the ranch and increase its size and success, despite challenges to her citizenship status.

She was a devoted horse woman to the very end. At 93, Bernice asked that her son-in-law drive his stagecoach by her hospital window so she could see the horses before he drove them in a local parade. A book has been written on her life entitled, Prairie Trails of Miz Mac by Rhonda Coy Sedgwick.
 


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A natural horsewoman - what a sentence! I would keep this in mind)

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Bernice Walsh Mclaughlin's legacy was one of a kind. I'm lucky to have read her story and all I have realized that time is, anything is possible as long as you want it to happen. It was on 1911 and yet there are still people who are familiar with her story. Looking at that photo, I couldn't help but to be happy because I've seen it! I hope horsewomen of today would be so inspired by her story!

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