COWGIRL ICONIC
COWGIRL|January/February 2021
Twenty nine-year-old Florence LaDue laid on her back in the middle of a rodeo arena in Alberta, Canada, twirling a lasso. It was July 1910 and the crowd in the stands watching her work were cheering and whistling. The trick the petite cowgirl was preparing to do was to throw a wide loop over a rider and his horse as they galloped by.
Chris Enss

Florence had already thrilled the spectators roping six running horses with a single twirl of her lariat. She’d also performed the difficult feat of tying a double hitch in slackened rope with two movements of her wrists, and demonstrated her agility and endurance jumping through a loop from side to side. There wasn’t much doubt she could successfully pull off the next stunt from a prone position, but the audience watched with wrapped anticipation.

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