August 30, 2003 by

Connie Douglas Reeves

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Connie Douglas Reeves, a legendary cowgirl whose motto was “Always saddle your own horse,” died on Aug. 17 of cardiac arrest. She was 101.
Reeves graduated from Texas Woman’s University. She was the first woman to study law at the University of Texas at Austin, but had to drop out during the Depression to work as a teacher at her old high school. For years, her teaching salary was her family’s only source of income.
In 1936, she became a riding instructor at Camp Waldemar for Girls, where she spent six decades teaching more than 30,000 girls to ride horses. She also met her husband at Waldemar; Jack Reeves was a rodeo star and keeper of the camp’s horses.
Reeves was inducted into the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame for exemplifying the “pioneer spirit of the American West.” She was its oldest living member. Her autobiography, “I Married a Cowboy,” was published in 1995.

One Response to Connie Douglas Reeves

  1. SeDonna Cristina Bonham

    Connie was a great woman and cowgirl. She will always be remembered for being who she wanted to be and living her life the way she was meant to. I can only hope I am able to live my life as freely as she did hers and to be as strong as she was. She really is a great inspiration.

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