Overcoming Bloglessness

Tilly Baldwin

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Tillie Baldwin


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.]

tillie-baldwin-1If I could go back in time and be anybody, I think I’d be Tillie Baldwin.  This picture of her, standing horseback, is one of my favorite pictures ever.  I want to ride like that! 


Thanks Sharon, for bringing her to mind.



Author: Susan B Raven

For many years I have suffered from debilitating bloglessness, only writing in my head, while everyone else posted and shared with ease. Previous attempts at recovery have failed, my secret journals edited to death, pages torn out, crumpled and trashed. I will not succumb to this embarassing condition. I will continue to struggle against the rampant backspacing and endless blank staring. I refuse to relapse into the void that is bloglessness. I can do it. I am doing it. I am Overcoming Bloglessness.

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