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Award Winning Saddle Bronc Horse, Medicine Woman Passes Away


The rodeo world has lost one of its best saddle bronc horses – The Queen of Frontier Rodeo Company, Medicine Woman. She was 19.

Medicine Woman was the four-time PRCA Saddle Bronc Horse of the Year (2011, 2014-16) and the two-time saddle bronc horse of the National Finals Rodeo (2010 and 2015). She retired last year after competing at the 2020 Wrangler NFR at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas.

Only ProRodeo Hall of Famer Descent of Beutler Brothers and Cervi has won more saddle bronc horse of year honors than Medicine Woman. Descent won the honor six times from 1966-69, 1971-72.

“She was part of the foundation that kicked us off about 18 years ago.”

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“She was part of the foundation that kicked us off about 18 years ago,” said Jerry Nelson, the owner of Frontier Rodeo. “She went to heaven to buck at the NFR. We feed in the evenings and early in the mornings and sometime between feeding last night and 6 o’clock this morning (Dec. 9) she passed away in Freedom, Okla.”

Medicine Woman was a ranch-raised mare out of Big Medicine (sire) & Showtime (dam). Frontier Rodeo has won PRCA’s Stock Contractor of the Year seven years in row – 2015-2021.

“Medicine Woman was like one of the family,” Nelson said. “She was just a special horse. She was easy to get along with and she was gentle. She will be buried on the Frontier Rodeo ranch in Freedom (Okla.). We are going to have a headstone made.”

Medicine Woman was selected to the Wrangler NFR 12 times. Her first trip was in 2009 in the bareback riding, she made her debut in the saddle bronc riding in 2010 and never looked back. She was selected in saddle bronc riding from 2010-2020.

“We bucked last year, and we didn’t have to retire her, but she didn’t owe us anything anymore,” Nelson said.

About Pro Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA):

The Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA), headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colo., is the oldest and biggest rodeo-sanctioning body in the world. The recognized leader in professional rodeo, the PRCA is committed to maintaining the highest standards in the industry in every area, from improving working conditions for contestants and monitoring livestock welfare to boosting entertainment value and promoting sponsors. The PRCA also proudly supports youth rodeo with educational camps and financial assistance to young standouts preparing to enter the professional ranks, as well as supporting allied organizations such as Tough Enough to Wear Pink, Miss Rodeo America, the American Quarter Horse Association and the ProRodeo Hall of Fame.



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