In Northern Nevada, the name DeLong is well-established in ranching and horse roping circles—even for a cowgirl.
Despite a debilitating bout with Lyme disease, this California cowgirl stays connected to horses and the ranching lifestyle.
Raised in Iowa, this cowgirl’s adventuresome spirit pointed her westward, where she found her calling—shoeing horses, starting colts and working on ranches with her husband.
After living in town for years, this Texas rancher has happily returned to rural life.
For nearly 50 years, this Washington rancher has raised children, ridden horses, and served as the backbone of the family ranch.
Nicole Courtney Smith, featured in the April 2017 Women of the West, discusses the women she admires, how she protects herself on the ranch and what gets her fired up.