Meet Sharon

Page 1
My Journey to the Cowgirl Hall of Fame

Page 2
Performer and Educator

Page 3
Career Highlights

Page 4
The Cowgirl Hall of Fame

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Cowgirl Hall of Fame Induction Speech



It has been written many times that I am an accomplished horsewoman. To that, I say that I have been blessed to have had the opportunity to study equestrian skills, establish relationships with industry professionals and have earned the respect of my friends and students that I have had the honor to mentor.

My career has encompassed many facets of the western and equestrian world. My signature collections of saddles and tack under the Sharon Camarillo Collection have earned respect in the retail market place. In recognition of my multi-faceted career, the Western and English Manufacturer’s Association presented me with their “Top Hand” award in 2005. The more opportunities I am exposed to, the more I understand our western industry and lifestyle, and the closer I can relate to those who are interested in following in my footsteps.

I was a Southern California
raised, “Cowgirl at Heart.”

I believe in goal setting as the primary resource to realistically organizing one’s life. As a Southern California raised, “Cowgirl at Heart,” I always dreamed of owning a ranch, including all the things I envisioned that ranch life encompassed: wide-open spaces, horses and cattle. What surrounded my young life were beaches and summer vacations around national parks with my parents. To their dismay, the pack stations and feedlots were the scenery that drew my attention and stirred my interests.

Riding, roping and goat tying
college rodeo scholarships
helped me graduate!

After gaining some livestock experience at the San Jacinto Livestock Commission Company, I was able to hone my riding skills. Riding, roping and goat tying college rodeo scholarships helped me graduate with a Bachelor’s Degree from California Polytechnic University in San Luis Obispo, a university famous for its rodeo team. My degree is in Agricultural Business and Economics. I believe in the power of education and am proud to commit myself to being a life-long learner.



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Roping photography by James Fain.
Other photos on this page are from Sharon Camarillo's private collection.



Cowgirl is a state of mind.

—Sharon Camarillo


The best way to predict your future is to create it.
—Sharon Camarillo