Connie Douglas Reeves, who taught generations of Texas girls to ride horses and was the oldest living honoree in the National Cowgirl Museum's Hall of Fame, died Sunday, 12 days after she was thrown from her horse. She was 101.
A former high school teacher and one-time rancher, Mrs. Reeves became a riding instructor at Camp Waldemar for Girls near Hunt, Texas, in 1936. During summers over the next six decades, she taught more than 30,000 girls to ride.
In 1942, she married the camp's head wrangler, Jack Reeves. They lived on one of the camp's ranches, where they raised sheep, goats and cattle and tended to the horses. Her husband died in 1985.
She retired as head riding instructor in 1998, but continued to consult with the camp's riding teachers until her accident.
Mrs. Reeves suffered a broken vertebra in her neck in the fall and died of cardiac arrest.