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Fabulous femmes get their due: Houston Rodeo's do-gooding cowgirls lasso up respect

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Betty Wiseman, from left, Wendy Vandeventer, Julie Shannon, Nancie Craft and Ann Page at the Trailblazer Awards Luncheon February 2014.
Betty Wiseman, from left, Wendy Vandeventer, Julie Shannon, Nancie Craft and Ann Page at the Trailblazer Awards Luncheon. Photo by John McCaine
Lindsay Holmes, from left, Charlotte James, R.H. “Steve” Stevens Jr. and Annette Bisby at the Trailblazer Awards Luncheon February 2014
Lindsay Holmes, from left, Charlotte James, R.H. “Steve” Stevens Jr. and Annette Bisby at the Trailblazer Awards Luncheon. Photo by John McCaine
Karen Darnell, from left, Anne Richardson and Paula Robinson at the Trailblazer Awards Luncheon February 2014
Karen Darnell, from left, Anne Richardson and Paula Robinson at the Trailblazer Awards Luncheon. Photo by John McCaine
Red Griffin, from left, Dominique Sachse, Amy Miller and Ted Gaylord at the Trailblazer Awards Luncheon February 2014
Red Griffin, from left, Dominique Sachse, Amy Miller and Ted Gaylord at the Trailblazer Awards Luncheon. Photo by John McCaine
Stephanie Montalbano, from left, Jill Smith and Erin Hall at the Trailblazer Awards Luncheon February 2014
Stephanie Montalbano, from left, Jill Smith and Erin Hall at the Trailblazer Awards Luncheon. Photo by John McCaine
Christina Sacco, from left, Yance Montalbano and Julie Sacco at the Trailblazer Awards Luncheon February 2014.
Christina Sacco, from left, Yance Montalbano and Julie Sacco at the Trailblazer Awards Luncheon. Photo by John McCaine
Danielle Ellis, from left,  Jim and Joan Brock and Karen and Jeff Lewis at the Trailblazer Awards Luncheon February 2014
Danielle Ellis, from left, Jim and Joan Brock and Karen and Jeff Lewis at the Trailblazer Awards Luncheon. Photo by John McCaine
Ryan and Michelle Wasaff at the Trailblazer Awards Luncheon February 2014
Ryan and Michelle Wasaff at the Trailblazer Awards Luncheon. Photo by John McCaine
Tena Lundquist Faust, from left, Lynda Hartman and Tama Lundquist at the Trailblazer Awards Luncheon February 2014
Tena Lundquist Faust, from left, Lynda Hartman and Tama Lundquist at the Trailblazer Awards Luncheon. Photo by John McCaine
Alexander and Linda Rogers at the Trailblazer Awards Luncheon February 2014
Alexander and Linda Rogers at the Trailblazer Awards Luncheon. Photo by John McCaine
Mandy Bennett and Joseph Niscavits at the Trailblazer Awards Luncheon February 2014.
Mandy Bennett and Joseph Niscavits at the Trailblazer Awards Luncheon. Photo by John McCaine
Betty Wiseman, from left, Wendy Vandeventer, Julie Shannon, Nancie Craft and Ann Page at the Trailblazer Awards Luncheon February 2014.
Lindsay Holmes, from left, Charlotte James, R.H. “Steve” Stevens Jr. and Annette Bisby at the Trailblazer Awards Luncheon February 2014
Karen Darnell, from left, Anne Richardson and Paula Robinson at the Trailblazer Awards Luncheon February 2014
Red Griffin, from left, Dominique Sachse, Amy Miller and Ted Gaylord at the Trailblazer Awards Luncheon February 2014
Stephanie Montalbano, from left, Jill Smith and Erin Hall at the Trailblazer Awards Luncheon February 2014
Christina Sacco, from left, Yance Montalbano and Julie Sacco at the Trailblazer Awards Luncheon February 2014.
Danielle Ellis, from left,  Jim and Joan Brock and Karen and Jeff Lewis at the Trailblazer Awards Luncheon February 2014
Ryan and Michelle Wasaff at the Trailblazer Awards Luncheon February 2014
Tena Lundquist Faust, from left, Lynda Hartman and Tama Lundquist at the Trailblazer Awards Luncheon February 2014
Alexander and Linda Rogers at the Trailblazer Awards Luncheon February 2014
Mandy Bennett and Joseph Niscavits at the Trailblazer Awards Luncheon February 2014.

The tendency might be to think "men" when thinking the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. But there are almost as many women among those 28,500 volunteers as there are gents in their Stetsons. And those part-time cowgirls were celebrated in style at the 15th annual Trailblazer Awards Luncheon and Fashion Show, held at the Royal Sonesta Hotel.

Taking bows for their long-term support (10 years minimum and two committee memberships) were Julie Shannon, receiving the meritorious Pearl Award, and Nancie Craft, Ann Page, Wendy Vandeventer and Betty Wiseman.

More than 800 guests, including RodeoHouston leadership, volunteers and society guests, saluted the honorees, who dressed in their western best.

In its Rodeo Nights fashion presentation, Saks Fifth Avenue made a nod to western wear with evening clothes in leather and luxury fabrics. There was plenty to love including those blue suede Giuseppe Zanotti booties that caught the eye of luncheon emcee Dominique Sachse of KPRC Channel 2.

Gearing up for rodeo were HLSR president Joel Cowley and wife Tammy, Steve Stevens Jr., vice chairman Jeff Lewis and wife Karen, Amy and Mark Melton, Lindsay Holmes, Charlotte James, Stephanie Montalbano, Lana and Stewart Hirtz, Red Griffin, Susan Buddeke, Ed McMahon, Kay Stephens and Paula Robinson.

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