Eva Mae Wilken Holleyman
In 1948, Eva Mae rode in the First Barrel Race here in the Buck Jackson Arena for the West of the Pecos Rodeo. Her final barrel run was at Eagle Pass, Texas, in the 40-and–over Women’s Barrel Race. She won her last gold buckle in the barrel race at the age of 46.
Eva Mae continued to be a part of rodeo after she married John D. Holleyman, a professional calf roper and 2009 Texas Rodeo Hall of Fame Inductee. Together they traveled all over the United States to rodeo events. Although she never competed on the professional level, her early participation in the first barrel racing events opened the door for women to be a part of rodeo on the professional level.
Eva Mae was inducted into the Texas Rodeo Hall of Fame in 2014. Come see her display at the Texas Rodeo Hall of Fame in the Old T&P Depot in Pecos, Texas.
Relatives in TRHoF: John D. Holleyman.