Saddle Bronc Rider, Champion
Relay Racer, Champion
Movie Stunt Double
Born in 1893 near Palmer, Oregon, Lorena Trickey grew up in ranching country and joined the Clarence Adams Wild West Show in 1917 as a trick rider and Roman rider. At the urging of C.B. Irwin, she entered competitive rodeo in 1918, specializing first in saddle bronc riding and then in relay racing during the mid-1920s.
Trickey became one of the great female competitors in the first Golden Age of rodeo sport. She captured the saddle-bronc riding title at Pendleton in 1919 and again at Chicago in 1925. She took the coveted Hotel McAlpin Trophy for the Cowgirls Relay Race at Cheyenne in 1920 and again for Champion Woman Rider of the Year in 1921 (exhibited in the trophy gallery). She also captured the Denver Post Ladies’ Relay Race at Cheyenne three times between 1920 and 1926, and won the Girl’s Relay at Pendleton in 1923.
Lorena Trickey also became a valued equestrian performer and stunt double in Hollywood. She doubled for Mary Pickford in Through The Back Door, and rode Roman style in The Queen Of Sheba with popular western actor Tom Mix.
In 1928 she married Magnus Peterson, a cowboy and miner. She attended the Tonopah School of Mining and Engineering for three years and prospected around Nevada with her husband for many years. Lorena Trickey Peterson died at Tonopah, Nevada, in 1961.