Mush Creek Musings by Rhonda Sedgwick Stearns
Ranch-reared in northeastern Wyoming, Rhonda has spent most of her life in the ranching industry. She has been riding since she was 2-years-old and began rodeoing at age 8. She has been actively involved with breeding, training and exhibiting both Quarter Horses and Appaloosas on a national scale. A trainer, horsemanship instructor and judge, Rhonda is a longtime member of the Girls Rodeo Assocation (GRA, now WPRA) and is a Gold Card member of the Rodeo Cowboys Association (RCA, now PRCA). She was Wyoming Girl's Barrel Racing Association champion for 1964 and 1965.
As a writer and performer of cowboy poetry, she's been featured at cowboy culture events in Arizona, Idaho, Montana, North and South Dakota, New Mexico, Texas and Wyoming.
Rhonda is featured in such biographical works as The World Who's Who of Women, International Register of Personalities, Community Leaders of America. Directory of Distinguished Americans, Personalities of Americas and many others. She was inducted as a Cowgirl Honoree to the National Cowgirl Hall of Fame in 1977 and received the All-Around Cowboy Culture Award at the 2000 National Cowboy Symposium & Celebration in Lubbock, Texas. She was the first woman to receive that prestigious award.