Kitty Canutt

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Kitty Canutt, champion lady rider of the world, on Winnemucca, 1919

Kitty Canutt, stage name Kitty Wilks (born Katherine Derre at New York City, New York) (July 15, 1899 – June 3, 1988), was a professional bronc rider, and the All-Around Champion Cowgirl at the 1916 Pendleton Round-Up in Pendleton, Oregon, for her bucking horse and relay race events. It was at this rodeo that she met Yakima Canutt (Enos Edward Canutt), a winner of the title of All-Around Cowboy at the Pendleton Roundup in 1917, 1919, 1920 and 1923. They were married at Kalispell, Flathead County, Montana on July 20, 1917, and were residents of Los Angeles in 1920. They divorced ~1920. She married Robert C. Long in 1923.

She was known as the "Diamond Girl" or "Diamond Kitty" because she had a diamond set in her front tooth. She would occasionally remove and pawn the diamond when she needed contest entry money.

In 1919, Kitty won the Ladies' Relay Race at the Cheyenne Frontier Days rodeo.[1]


  1. ^ Cheyenne Frontier Days 2018 Media Guide (PDF). Cheyenne, Wyoming: Cheyenne Frontier Days™ Public Relations Committee. Retrieved September 20, 2018.

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