Lorena Trickey was a cowgirl's cowgirl.
Born in Palmer, Oregon on Valentine's Day, 1893, Lorena was thrown from her first horse at age 5. In 1919, she set the riding world on fire with her 'Let 'er Fly' technique - jumping off one horse onto another during a relay race. Before that, riders brought their horses to a halt before dismounting one and mounting the other.
Lorena also excelled at 'Roman Riding,' standing upright on two running horses, one foot on each horse's hindquarter. She won two of these races.
In one memorable victory in Cheyenne, Wyoming, Lorena remained in the saddle despite her horse going through two fences and into a brass band.
She was no stranger to injuries, unsurprisingly, and she often competed (and won) despite physician orders to let her broken bones heal first. Despite a broken leg, she once won a race by holding her broken leg stiffly out in front of her and executing the 'Let 'er Fly' technique.
In 1927, Lorena was charged with the murder of her common-law husband. She pleaded self-defense and was found not guilty after a highly-publicized trial. She moved to Hollywood and appeared as a stunt woman in two films, but her bid for stardom was cut short when she met and married Magnus "Pete" Peterson. She retired undefeated as the world's all-around champion cowgirl, and in 1929 the couple moved to Tonopah. They were ranchers and miners until Lorena died in 1961. She is buried in the Tonopah cemetery.
In 2000, Lorena was inducted into the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Hall of Fame. Her family is currently shepherding her induction into the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame in Fort Worth, Texas.