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Virginia Robison Moore

Virginia Robison Moore“I watched them ride [at rodeos], and I always wanted to be a trick rider.”

Virginia Robison was born to Ernest and Maude Robison on November 25, 1925 in Midway, Kansas. As a young adult, Virginia saw that trick riding was a lifestyle she wanted to pursue after watching trick riding in southeast Kansas rodeos. When she was still in high school, her father bought her a trick riding horse and a saddle, which she still has today, from Clark Schultz. In 1944, she began her career in amateur rodeos. She joined the Rodeo Cowboy Association the next year and continued trick riding for the next 15 years. With the help of her mother she designed and sewed many of her riding costumes, while her father did his part by helping train her horse and assisting with practice. Virginia traveled the country performing at rodeos including The Johnny Lee Wills Rodeo in Tulsa, Oklahoma; and at Rodeos in Nebraska, Charlotte, North Carolina; Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Nashville, Tennessee; Fort Smith, Arkansas; Bismarck, North Dakota and Salinas, California. She performed in prison rodeos in Huntsville, Texas and McAlester, Oklahoma. She also appeared with the Jimmie Murphy Crew, jumping her horse over a car. She had the distinction of working with the Billy Veach Rodeo, Walt Plugge Rodeo, Homer Todd, Ken Roberts and Burr Andrews. She also did square dancing on horseback with the Clyde Miller Rodeo. She had a chance to perform internationally, but did not want risk harming her horse by traveling outside the United States. Virginia mainly used a palomino, Silver, for trick riding, but she had another horse, Chalk, who was trained to do tricks such as putting his head between his front legs as in prayer, dancing on his hind legs and picking up Moore’s hat from the ground and handing it to her. Virginia was a great ambassador for the State of Kansas. When other cowgirls and cowboys came to visit, she made sure they received a proper introduction to the State. During World War II she worked at the Parsons Ammunition Plant when she wasn’t rodeoing. Later she worked at the Anshires Coat Factory in Pittsburg. By the time of her retirement in 1984, when the factory closed, she was a supervisor. On May, 28 1960 she married Richard W. Moore. He died on April 12, 1988. Virginia has two grown children Graig and Kevin Moore. She also has two grandchildren, Miranda and Matthew Moore