Beautiful Story #3

Hey, it’s Barb, and this is video number three in a series of talking to you about people who inspire me.

This story is about a woman named Audrey Griffin. You may have heard me talk about her before. She also happens to be in the Cowgirl Hall of Fame.


Hey, it’s Barb, and this is video number three in a series of talking to you about people who inspire me.

This story is about a woman named Audrey Griffin. You may have heard me talk about her before. She also happens to be in the Cowgirl Hall of Fame.

As a young girl, Audrey did Roman riding. She straddled six horses and jumped big jumps. She traveled with this show throughout the United States and Canada and was an incredible horsewoman who loved horses and loved to learn. And she was also stunningly beautiful, mainly because she had this energy about her. She was like an angel, and she always wore white.

She loved to ride almost every day. Later in life, she would help ranchers with their cattle, like branding and doctoring at certain times of the year. She lived in California.

She passed away, from a heart attack loping across the field on her horse. It was as if God just came and took her.

The reason I speak of her is because of her incredibly gentle, kind, and thoughtful spirit, yet always really going for it.

So now I’d love for you to share a story of someone who inspires you. It doesn’t have to be a, of course, a person that’s well known.

Write that in the comments, please. And when you do, state the qualities they have that have earned your respect for them and your inspiration because of them.

Who inspires you? And Why? What is it about that person? I would love to hear.

Have a great week. Bye bye.

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8 Comments on Beautiful Story #3

  1. Toni on Sun, 3rd Dec 2023 3:20 pm
  2. I also knew Audrey and she was indeed a unique cowgirl. She inspired me to do a couple of paintings of her. One is now hanging in the Santa Ynez Valley Historical Museum with some of the other honorees named Vaquero of the year. Along with her dear friend Sheila Varian. I had the great experience of riding with them on the V6 Ranch at a 5 day clinic where I won the Top Hand Buckle.
    I wish I could attach photos of the paintings. One was of her wearing her fur coat while riding. Who else would have thought to do that ?

  3. Julie Catenacci on Sun, 3rd Dec 2023 3:30 pm
  4. I have the opportunity to live by and get to know
    Barbara Jo (BJ) Rubin first female jockey to win a US Race in 1969. I admire her for everything she had to go through in those years because she was a female.

  5. Joanne Milton on Sun, 3rd Dec 2023 4:16 pm
  6. Almost 50 years ago, I spent 3 years jogging and training Standardbred race horses under Harold McKinley (now in the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame). He was the most patient person I have ever know. I could have been doing the stupidest thing with a horse (something that could have gotten me hurt) & he would quietly walk past and gently say something like “I always found it easier if I did it(this) way.” People now comment on how patient I am…I learned from a Master!

  7. Carol MacGregor on Sun, 3rd Dec 2023 5:23 pm
  8. Hi Barb, I’ve heard you talk about Audrey Griffin before and I enjoyed hearing her amazing story just now. What a way to be taken off of this earth–loping thru a field on your own horse!!! Thank you for sharing her story again–so inspiring indeed! The first person that comes to my mind that earns my trust and respect is my older sister by two years. She has always been my guiding light and role model for doing “good” in this world. She is friendly to everyone, not judgemental even though she has lived a life with high accountability to God. She is very active in their church along with her husband, and just has a lot of fun in life too. I don’t know how she does all the things that she does, yet she is not frenetic by any means. She is friendly to all and people really really like her–because she is truly interested in their lives. We are very different in many ways, but we have always been the best of friends besides sister. I can’t imagine having a better sister/mentor than her!!! 🙂

  9. Melanie Gray on Mon, 4th Dec 2023 6:32 am
  10. Oh my where do you start with the whys their are so many .
    My person is you ❤️.
    You came into my life a very long time ago in a magazine article on the Magic wand.😁I taught my students through your words, I used it in my equine life skills programs, I teach it in my clinics. Then I had the honor of meeting you and working through a seminar with you on the outside of the pen guiding our teachings . You are a gift to the world for all of us to stay positive and caring. Your a magical angel in my eyes . Thank you for being you Barbara Schulte.🤗

  11. Claire on Mon, 4th Dec 2023 9:10 am
  12. Wonderful! I heartily agree with everyone above-and loved the interview of Audrey you did a few years ago-indeed-she was a lovely spirit that shone through the video.
    I just picked up a book “The Ride of her Life”, by Elizabeth Letts. It’s the story of “Annie Stuart” who, as an ill, arthritic 60 some year old woman with only old tack, her young dog and a horse she bought from the trader the month before-took off from Maine in the fall of 1954-with burlap bags flapping and three sets of clothes that she wore so she was “warm” and had options…No map, no real plan except to see the Pacific ocean before she passed. It is well written, and quite charming if anybody needs a fun, but poignant read.

  13. Carolyn Peckham on Mon, 4th Dec 2023 11:33 am
  14. Hi Barb, Thanks for sharing your comments about Audrey. We got to meet and talk know her when at The Cowgirl Hall of Fame gatherings. I love the amazing stories of the women honored by The Cowgirl! Each person is amazing and inspire me to be braver, think more about how I can help others and persevere. They have helped me very much in building my business, giving me confidence to market my services, be a strong business manager and have the courage to confront difficult problems.
    One of the Cowgirl Hall of Fame Inductees who has influenced my most deeply is Elaine Kramer inducted in 2005. She proceeded Audrey in performing as a 6 horse Roman Rider with the Valkries by just a short time (1955). Elaine and Audrey would reminisce some about those days when they met at The Cowgirl.
    Elaine went on to put together and train her own 6 horse Roman Riding team. She performed for 20 years at the largest Rodeos and Horse Shows in the US and Canada. Elaine did this in the ’50’s, ’60’s and ’70’s before women independently traveled much and before interstate highways and air conditioning! After she retired from performing, she started 2 more businesses and operated them for another 40 years.

  15. Adele Constable on Mon, 4th Dec 2023 5:59 pm
  16. Hi Barb. Very inspiring video (specially as I am in my 80s and still riding, although only walk, trot) The person who inspires me the most is my best friend Char. The reason is because she only sees the good in people. Also, she is the most giving person I know, giving away jams, jellies, cookies, etc. to everyone. She is also the best horsewoman I know.

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