Tillie Baldwin, born Anna Matilda Winger, emigrated to America from Norway at age 14. Impressed by cowgirls she saw at the making of a film, although she had never been on a horse before or seen a ranch, she decided to learn trick riding. She began her rodeo career in Wild West shows and vaudeville, riding in her first real rodeo in 1911 in Los Angeles where she won the bronc riding.
At the Pendleton Round-Up in 1912, Tillie Baldwin won both the trick riding and cowgirls’ bronc riding contests. She was the first woman to win a roman race, standing on the back of two galloping horses and the first to try bulldogging, wrestling full-grown steers to the ground. Tillie Baldwin was inducted into the National Cowgirl Hall of Fame in 2000, and the National Cowboy’s Hall of Fame in 2004. [Information from Hall of Fame listings.]
Thanks Sharon, for bringing her to mind.