The National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame – the only museum in the world dedicated to honoring women of past and present who exemplified courage, resilience and independence that helped shape the American West with their trailblazing spirits – recently announced the 2018 Inductees. The Inductees will be honored at the 43rd Annual Induction Luncheon and Ceremony on Thursday, Nov. 1, at the Will Rogers Memorial Center’s Round Up Inn in Fort Worth, Texas. This year’s class includes women from across the United States, and for the first time ever, two international Inductees still residing in Europe.
2018 Hall of Fame Inductees:
Sherry Cervi – Sherry Cervi began competing in local rodeos at the age of six. A four-time world champion (1995, 1999, 2010, 2013), she is the second woman to win the #1 tag in National Finals Rodeo history. She served as one of the U. S. representatives to compete in a three-day Olympic Command Performance Rodeo at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah. In 2010, she became the first WPRA member to cross the $2 million mark, and then in 2016, the first to cross the $3 million mark in career earnings. In 2016, she tied with Charmayne James for the most times to qualify to the NFR with 19 times. She founded the Sherry Cervi Youth Championships in 2008, which is going strong 10 years later.
Caroline Lockhart – (1871-1962) Born in 1871 in Illinois, Lockhart was raised on a ranch in Kansas. After college, she became a reporter for The Boston Post, The Philadelphia Bulletin and The Denver Post. Inspired by Nellie Bly, Lockhart was adventurous in pursuit of a story, even if it meant deep diving in the Boston Harbor. She moved to Cody, Wyo., to write a feature article about the Blackfoot Indians and stayed, later becoming friends with Buffalo Bill Cody. She began writing novels which became national bestsellers. Three of her books, “The Fighting Shepherdess,” “The Man from the Bitter Roots” and “The Dude Wrangler,” were made into motion pictures. She purchased the newspaper Park County Enterprise, a rarity for women at the time and just a few months before women were given the right to vote. Along with five other residents, Lockhart founded the Cody Stampede Rodeo in 1919, as well as served as the first president of the board in 1920. The Caroline Lockhart Ranch in Montana is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and its structures were restored by the National Park Service.
Camilla Naprous – Skilled horse master Camilla Naprous, who resides in the United Kingdom, has worked on the acclaimed HBO series “Game of Thrones” for all eight seasons bringing stunning horses and spectacular stunt riding sequences to the show. She has worked with the series’ stunt coordinator to choreograph ambitious battle scenes with extraordinary horse action. Camilla’s extensive list of credits includes training a myriad of actors with whom she builds intimate working relationships. Teaching actors to ride horses and helping to build their characters is a creative process she loves; through it, she imparts skills, confidence, trust and a unique bond between horse and rider. Camilla also works closely with directors in pre-production and enables them to bring their creative vision to life using period specific horses, carriages and tack. She has worked as horse master on multiple productions, including “Wonder Woman,” “Pan,” “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword” and “The Monuments Men.”
Diane Scalese – In 1986, she and her husband started Sweetwater Silver in Montana and began making spurs, bridle bits and other silver gear. Becoming interested in hand engraving, she began practicing and searching for mentors, but no one wanted to teach her, partly because she was female. Nevertheless, Scalese went on to become a master engraver and held the title of Engraver of the Year by the Academy of Western Artists in 2003. Her engraving style is traditional Western bright cut, but she adds techniques such as bulino, flare cut and many firearms engraving styles for a result that is both traditional and fresh. Her work has appeared in books and been exhibited in art shows and museums throughout the American West and Canada. She served on the board of the Firearms Engravers Guild of America and was selected by the Montana Arts Council to be a member of the Montana Circle of American Masters. She holds Master Engraver status in both the Firearms Engravers Guild of America and the Custom Gunmakers Guild of America. She is determined to open the field to anyone who wants to learn and teaches classes all over the world, including Belgium, Germany, Italy and Denmark.
Dr. Angelika Trabert – A German doctor and Para-equestrian rider, she was born with no legs and only three fingers on one hand. Riding since she was a child, Trabert took up this challenging sport because being on a horse made her feel free. She made her international equestrian debut in 1991. Since then, she has competed at five consecutive Summer Paralympics for her country, five World Equestrian Championships and five European Championships, winning over 20 medals. She is a gold medalist from the 2009 European Championship in freestyle and the 2010 FEI World Equestrian Games in freestyle. She also received the FEI “Against All Odds” Award in 2010. Dr. Trabert is an anesthesiologist, often traveling to the most rural parts of Guinea in Africa to provide medical assistance to those who need surgeries and would not otherwise get the care they need. She also serves as a coach and motivational speaker internationally.
“The 2018 Honorees are a remarkable group of women chosen for their character, strength and accomplishments,” said executive director of the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame, Patricia W. Riley. “While they are united by their achievements, we are excited this year the Honorees represent geographic diversity. With Angelika being from Germany and Camilla from England, it gives us an opportunity to celebrate the global cowgirl and acknowledge the power of women around the world.”
Each year only four or five successful candidates are honored with the prestigious distinction of becoming a National Cowgirl Hall of Fame Inductee. Today, over 230 extraordinary women have been inducted into the National Cowgirl Hall of Fame since 1975.