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Little Ann

by Brent Payne

This song is a tribute to Ann Lewis ("Little Ann") a National Finals Barrel Racing Champion from Sulpher, Oklahoma, who died tragically in 1968. She was inducted into the Cowgirl Hall of Fame in 1981 for her outstanding rodeo attributes.
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This album is dedicated to Little Ann and the Lewis family. "This is a movie waiting to happen", so says Jim Shaw of the Buck-a-Roos. This song has a Marty Robbins, Tom T. Hall feel, very inspirational and emotional when you read what it represents. The musicians were the best in the world and did an amazing job considering the style and uniqueness of this song.

Brent took the opportunity to fly back to Oklahoma and meet with Ann's dad, Bob, and spend some time learning about how special Ann really was. It was in kindergarten where Ann started barrel racing. She placed in her first open when she was only five years old. She got her first barrel horse when she was seven. He stood 17 1/2 hands tall and was a Bay named Dan. At eight years of age she was the youngest member in the IPRA and could routinely outrun more experienced barrel racers. She was nicknamed "Annie the Okie" by fans and her peers, and in 1968 at the age of nine, Ann was the winnings leader in the GRA barrel racing championship. In October of that year, Ann, her twin sister, her mother, her riding partner Sissy Thurman, and the horses were all killed in a tragic accident traveling from Little Rock, Arkansas, to Waco, Texas for a county fair rodeo. When they topped the hill, they did not see the jackknifed big rig until it was too late.

Although Ann died months before the GRA Championships in December, she held such a substantial lead over the competition that she retained her lead through the championship and was awarded the 1968 GRA Barrel Racing Championship posthumously, making her the youngest GRA Champion in WPRA history. She was inducted into the National Cowgirl Hall of Fame in 1981.

Ann Lewis 1958 - 1968



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