Cowgirl Judy Ann

I’ve always loved this photo of my mother, and I know she did, too. I don’t know for certain why she is sitting on a pony dressed as a cowgirl, but if I remember correctly, she once told me that a man was walking through the neighborhood with his pony one day, taking photos of children as they sat on it.

My mother looks to be about 6 or 7 years old, and a front tooth is missing. It could have been taken in Sioux City, Iowa, or Tacoma, Washington. Nothing is written on the back of the photo (of course), but on the front she has written, “With Love, Judy Ann.” To whom it was given, I don’t know; I found the photo in my grandmother’s collection after she passed away.

What I do know is that this is a snapshot of a moment in time when my mother was a happy, carefree child. What child wouldn’t be thrilled to sit on a pony, even for just a few minutes?

I hope that she had wonderful memories of that day.


Written for the 78th Edition, Carnival of Genealogy: Pony Pictures!

Copyright © Elizabeth O’Neal

Elizabeth is a professional genealogist, writer, and consultant. Likes: long walks in the cemetery, and the smell of old courthouse books. Dislikes: people who copy stuff off the internet without giving credit, and county clerks who can't tell the difference between Eastern and Pacific time zones. Secretly hopes her daughter will one day develop an interest in family history (but no luck so far).

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  1. This photo is adorable – what a gorgeous little girl your mother was. I’d love to have a family photo like this.

  2. What a beautiful photo ~ she certainly looked very happy that day!

  3. Hi Elizabeth, what a wonderful photo! If I recall correctly someone once told me that the outfit was supplied by the pony owner for the photo. Not sure if that is true or not but it does make sense. Sort of like when you go would go to the fair or a studio and were able to pick out a dress up outfit. Just a thought. You sure can see what a happy child your mom was.


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