Cowgirl PROfiles: 32x World Champion Wanda Harper Bush

One of the most highly decorated women in rodeo was west Texas ranch-raised cowgirl Wanda Harper Bush.
Wanda Harper Bush

There are many reasons why the late Wanda Harper Bush became one of the most revered figures in women’s rodeo—32 of them in fact. She earned 32 world championships in the Girl’s Rodeo Association, which was the precursor to the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association. Alongside her family Wanda Harper Bush raised and trained horses for all disciplines and rode them to wins on the cloverleaf, as well as in cutting and roping competition. The fierce competitor was born in 1931 in Mason, Texas, and became a charter member of the GRA in 1948 where the records she set and the championships she earned are the stuff of legend.

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Harper Bush passed away in 2015 and was inducted into the ProRodeo Hall of Fame in 2017.

  • Back-Back WPRA World Champion, 1952-1953 riding her great horse Dee Gee
  • 9-time WPRA All-Around Champion, 1952, 1957-58, 1962-65, 1968-69
  • 8 National Finals Rodeo qualifications, 1958-1960, 1962-1965, 1974
  • 2 cutting world titles, 1966 and 1969
  • 1 flag race world title, 1969
  • 11 WPRA (then Professional Women’s Rodeo Association) calf roping titles, 1951-56, 1960, 1962, 1964, 1966-67
  • 7 ribbon roping titles, 1951, 1953-54, 1956-59