Mrs. Ed (Maggie) Wright was a skilled and talented professional rodeo performer, who had a true west spirit for daring stunts. Maggie won the top rodeo event at Cheyenne, Wyoming’s Championship Lady Bronco Busting contest on July 28, 1917. As the top rider she won the spurs now shown in the Hays Collection at Scottsdale’s Museum of the West. The Silver Trophy Spurs were hand-crafted by Phillips & Gutierrez of Cheyenne, a renowned bit and spur maker.
Misfortune struck Maggie Wright a week later at Union Park in Denver, Colorado. While the fearless rider was providing publicity photographs on August 4th for the Denver Rodeo, her horse fell over backwards. She was killed instantly by striking a postal rail fence in the arena. Maggie was deeply mourned by her husband and many admirers.
This “Object of the Month” posting was written by collector Abe Hays. Mr. Hays’ Spirit of the West Collection is comprised of approximately 1,200 rare artifacts.
PHOTO: These historic Phillips & Gutierrez spurs, pictured in the “Rodeo” display, can be found in the A.P. Hays Spirit of the West Collection.