Cowgirl Hall of Fame



Meet Sharon

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My Journey to the Cowgirl Hall of Fame

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Performer and Educator

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Career Highlights

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The Cowgirl Hall of Fame

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Cowgirl Hall of Fame Induction Speech

Career Highlights
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Sharon in Houston
I love my job as color commentator for
Rodeo Houston. I share the stage with
three very special men in my life:
Bill Bailey, Boyd Polhamus, and
Hall of Fame Announcer Bob Tallman.

One of the highlights of my career was being recognized by the National Cowboy Hall of fame as the recipient of the prestigious “Tad Lucas” award. Each time I have the opportunity to visit the beautiful facility in Oklahoma City, it’s still hard for me to believe I share the platform with the greatest names in cowboy lore and history.

The National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame is located in Ft. Worth, Texas. Each October, the CHF hosts an induction ceremony to honor “Women Who Shaped the West and Changed the World.” Just imagine my surprise and emotion when I received the phone call June 21, 2006 from Patricia Riley, National Director of the CHF, to inform me that I had been selected as one of the five 2006 inductees!

I was speechless, for one of the first times in my life. I had no words to express my gratitude. I felt such an overwhelming feeling of humility. Me, a city-raised self-made cowgirl from the beaches of Southern California inducted into the National Cowgirl Hall of Fame? I asked myself, “Why me?” There are working cowgirls out there that at any given time or task, would put me to shame. Why had I been the one selected to become Queen for a Day?

Cheryl Price made the nomination. Letters from friends and acquaintances supported it. When I looked over Cheryl’s very well-prepared resume, I guess what I realized most was how long I have been a western lifestyle advocate. Before turning to education and design, I had been a practicing cowgirl, but now the opportunity to work with aspiring “horsemen” of all ages and abilities is where I get my thrill. To have the opportunity to have a relationship with horses, to design and promote quality equipment, to promote the western lifestyle throughout the world, and to make a living doing it, is reward enough. Today, my life is no longer about competition. It is about challenging myself to create and promote materials and products that allow others to follow in my footsteps; to dare others to carve out their own niche. I love research and I love to help others become the very best they can be.


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Photograph from Sharon Camarillo's private collection.



In order to study horsemanship one needs an attitude of compassion, awareness, patience, forgiveness and confidence.

—Sharon Camarillo


Riding is a discipline that helps us remember to be in the moment. To be aware of our mind and body influences how effective we will be able to interact with our horse.
—Sharon Camarillo