just for the 
ride 'em ¤ corral ¤ boots 'n suits ¤ no bones ¤ the movie

At 76, still wearing spandex and gold leather suits,
Fern Sawyer is hard to miss. In her day, women
competed alongside men in most rodeo events, and
her equestrian achievements got her into three
halls of fame.

JUST FOR THE RIDE features the legendary rodeo
cowgirl riding in the New Mexico state fair as she
has for 60-odd years, and still working calves
on her ranch--after two heart attacks
and two hip replacements.

Fern in
cadillac "They say you're stupid

if you're satisfied with your life, well then I'm stupid,"

Sawyer says as she drives her Cadillac with its special

"FERN" license plates.the caddy

"When I was roping calves in rodeos, I wore my best

clothes," Fern in her closet she says, proudly displaying

her enormous closet of custom-made cowboy boots

and flamboyant rodeo outfits.

"I should've had a facelift a long time ago, but I'm not
that vain. I never was good looking, so I didn't bother
about it." Fiercely independent, Sawyer runs her ranch with
the elegant efficiency that comes from a lifetime
spent on horseback.

Sawyer was at the height of her career in the 1940's

when the last major rodeos discontinued women's cutting

and roping competitions old newsreel of
Fern vdo .

In 1947 several women organized the first professional
"all-girl" rodeo. Sawyer was all-around champion
at the event. A year later, the Girls Rodeo Association
was formed. The Women's Pro Rodeo Association, as it's
now called, is the oldest organization of professional
female athletes in America. A new generation of
cowgirls has picked up where Sawyer left off.

JUST FOR THE RIDE is dedicated to the memory

Real audio about Fern's death of Fern Sawyer,

who died of a heart attack on horseback

while the film was being made.

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