Friday, June 1, 2012

Greenough Sisters.....

ALICE & MARGIE GREENOUGH. Picture from circa 1935, Alice wearing Leo Cremer Rodeo chaps with Margie wearing light-colored blouse. The Greenough sisters joined the rodeo circuit in the late 1920s and their first employer was King Brothers Rodeo. In late 1929, Alice Greenough (1902-1995) competed in her first Madison Square Garden Rodeo, but it was not until 1940 that she won the bronc-riding contest there. In 1933, she traveled to Spain to ride fighting bulls into the arena. She won bronc championships in Boston Garden in 1933, 1935, and 1936. In 1935 and 1939 (while in Australia), she won the international “buck-jumping” (bronc riding) contests. In 1941, Greenough went into the stock contractor business with friend and future husband, Joe Orr--forming the Greenough-Orr Rodeo Company. They produced rodeos in the Northwest until 1959. In 1937, Margie won the bronc-riding contest at Billings, Montana. Both were inducted into the National Cowboy Hall of Fame’s Rodeo Hall of Fame in 1983 and later into the National Cowgirl Hall of Fame.