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Gail Woerner

Gail Woerner

Western Heritage

Gail Woerner was raised on a ranch in northeastern Colorado and worked cattle and broke horses with her grandfather.  She moved to Texas in 1956, presently residing on Lake Travis, outside Austin.

She has written five books on rodeo history:

  • Fearless Funnymen: The History of the Rodeo Clown;
  • Belly Full of Bedsprings: the History of Bronc Riding;
  • Cowboy Up! The History of Bull Riding;
  • Rope to Win: The History of Steer, Calf, & Team Roping;
  • The Cowboys’ Turtle Association: The Birth of Professional Rodeo;
  • plus a children’s book, Charley & Amanda Meet Rusty the Rodeo Clown.

She is Chairman of the Oral History Program for the Rodeo Historical Society and interviews cowboys & cowgirls about their lives in rodeo and interviews inductees at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City.

She is Chairman of the Rodeo Clown Reunion, and holds a reunion at PRCA rodeos in various locales, including Stephenville, TX; Deadwood, SD;  Colorado Springs, CO; Santa Fe, NM; Springdale, AR; Dodge City, KS etc.  She also writes a monthly newsletter to retired rodeo clowns.

She is hostess at the Gold Card Room for the PRCA ProRodeo Hall of Fame  at Thomas & Mack Stadium during PRCA National Finals Rodeo, Las Vegas, NV.

She has written articles for various magazines, including:  The Ketch Pen, American Cowboy Magazine; and other western-related periodicals.  She has a column on the website: entitled “Behind the Chutes & Elsewhere” which tells about various rodeo cowboys and cowgirls of the past.

She received the 2009 American Cowboy Culture Award for Western Writing at the National Cowboy Symposium, in Lubbock, TX, and the 2008 Academy of Western Artists Will Roger Medallion Award for Western Non-fiction for her book entitled, “Rope to Win, The History of Steer, Calf & Team Roping”.