Nomination and Induction

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The Australian Cowgirl Hall of Fame honours and celebrates women, past and present, whose lives and relationships with and around horses, nationally and internationally, exemplify the courage, resilience, and independence that also helped shape the Western culture in Australia. The Australian Cowgirl proudly celebrates living and deceased honourees who represent diverse backgrounds, ethnicities and cultures.

General Criteria
Nominees may be contemporary or historical. It is not necessary for them to be citizens of Australia, but the nomination must be written in English. Their contribution(s) should be of local, national or international importance to Australia and of enduring value.

Nomination Process and Timeline

Before attempting a nomination, please read the following to ensure that it is complete and correct:

  • To nominate someone for induction into the Hall of Fame, please fill out and send in a nomination form, paying close attention to the instructions at the beginning. The nominator must receive permission from the nominee in order to apply. Incomplete nominations can also result in an exclusion from consideration.

  • Materials that may be included with the nomination form are photographs, newspaper clippings, multimedia items, URL addresses for online videos, or relevant passages from books that include biographical information on the nominee, to cite a few examples. If these are sent in, they will not be returned; they become part of the archives, so please ensure they are copies. 

  • Materials that MUST be included with the nomination packet:

       a minimum of one letter of recommendation from individuals or on behalf of organisations that operate in the same professional field as the            nominee to provide credible evidence for the nomination.

  • These letters should directly address how the nominee’s influence on a national/international level.

  • The letter writer MUST explain why he/she is qualified to speak to the nominee’s accomplishments in her field.

  • If the nominee is deceased, possibly look to professionals who study her field and can authoritatively substantiate the facts of her life.

  • Do not send any  over-sized items. Nomination forms and supporting materials must be submitted UNBOUND on traditional letter size A4 paper, or Digital File on in USB format.

  • The process considers women of significant achievement in the following fields: Artists & Writers, Champions & Competitive Performers, Entertainers, Farmers/Ranchers (Stewards of Land & Livestock), Trailblazers & Pioneers, and Contributors to the The Australian Cowgirl Legacy.

  • Contributors to the Australian Cowgirl Legacy: This field of influence is defined by women who work to open equine culture to those who might not otherwise become exposed to its historical importance or its contemporary influence. Serving as role models within their communities, these honourees are ambassadors of the Australian cowgirl way of life by utilising it to positively impact the lives of those around them.

  • A successful nomination has addressed the following criteria:

    • Accomplishments in the field (lifetime achievements)

    • Ranking in the field (national/international importance)

    • Contributions made to the field

    • Enduring value or historical significance of accomplishments

    • Recommendations (form letters and petitions are not accepted)

  • Upon receiving your nomination, we will send you an acknowledgment of receipt of materials. *This acknowledgement of materials does NOT indicate a successful nomination.

  • After all nominations are received and processed, you will receive one of the following:

  1. Notice that the nomination is formally accepted for consideration of induction, or

  2. Notice that the nomination is rejected, and the materials are returned to you.

  • If, for some reason, you have not heard from us within a month of submission, please contact us.

  • If the form is formally accepted, your person officially becomes a NOMINEE of the Hall of Fame. The nomination will be filed in The Australian Cowgirl Hall of Fame archives, reviewed every year during the induction selection process, and made available for researchers throughout the year.

  • All materials sent in the nomination packet are a permanent donation to The Australian Cowgirl and become its property for future display purposes.

  • 2022 Applications are open Now until 31st December 2021 as this is in inaugural year the nomination time frame is shortened.

  • Applications are accepted year-round, however, the postmark deadline for nominations is 1st July of each year if you would like the nomination to be considered for that year’s induction. The 2022 Induction and ceremony will be held at Australia's Greatest Horsewoman March/April 2022, so the next year of consideration available is 2023.

  • An accepted nomination does not imply an automatic induction into the Hall of Fame. Most Honorees take years to be inducted and some nominees may never be inducted.

  • In the event of a returned nomination, you may re-submit. Re-assess how the nominee’s influence on her field affects it on a national/international level. Please indicate any new material added to the original nomination packet in a letter attached to it.

Induction Selection Process

  • Once a woman receives nominee status, she has achieved the first step towards induction, joining an impressive pool of other successful nominations that are all eligible to enter the Hall of Fame.

  • The induction selection process is rigorous and lengthy. Out of a competitive list, which consistently grows with each new nomination, only one or two successful candidates per calendar year are honoured with the prestigious distinction of becoming an Australian Cowgirl Hall of Fame Inductee.

  • There are several steps. Each accepted nominee is reviewed by a board comprised of men and women from varying backgrounds and from around the country, who have accepted the task of assisting The Australian Cowgirl with the induction process.

Nomination Form

If you have questions regarding the form, please contact Kim Peterson - The Australian Cowgirl info@theaustraliancowgirl.com.au.  Please remember that the board are prohibited from discussing the status of any nominee beyond whether they have been nominated.