Pat North Ommert

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Pat North Ommert
Born
Pat North

(1929-10-12) October 12, 1929 (age 92)
Occupationstuntwoman, trick rider
Spouse(s)Willard D. Ommert
(1947-his death 2004)

Pat North Ommert (born October 12, 1929), in Bell, California, is a skilled rodeo trick rider. She performed as a stunt double in numerous films and toured the world with the Wild West shows through the 1940s and 60s.[1][2]

Career[edit]

Besides being a trick rider, Ommert also was a Roman rider and jumper, and jockey. She toured with many Wild West shows.[3] In 1969 Ommert was a Rancho California Horseman's Association founding leader.[4]

Retirement[edit]

Ommert and her husband opened the Los Caballos Farm in California. The farm is a center for rehabilitating horses, the first of its kind in the state. Ommert has also dedicated valuable time to keeping California's horse trails preserved.[3]

In December 2020, in Burbank, California, Ommert rode in the Rose Parade at the age of 90. On December 29 at EquestFest, she appeared at the Equidome in Burbank's Los Angeles Equestrian Center. The event enables visitors to get close to the 100s of riders and horses participating in the Rose Parade. Then, on New Year's Day, she made the journey down Pasadena, California's, Colorado Boulevard in the 131st Tournament of Roses Parade in which she rode a horse-drawn wagon, a group of the Horsewomen of Temecula.[5]

Awards[edit]

Performances[edit]

Personal life[edit]

Pat North Ommert was born Pat North on October 12, 1929, in Bell, California,[4] and is the second daughter of Bob and Vera North. Her mother was a notable trick rider, who had performed in the Hawaiian Islands with the E.K. Fernandez Wild West Show.[7]

Ommert first began riding at 3 years old with her sister. At age 5, she rode solo with her mother supervising, also a trick rider. As a teenager, she performed in an all-girl rodeo billed as "Patsy North and her Trick Horse Rex". She never stopped after that.[5] Ommert began performing at age 16. She married veterinarian Willard D. Ommert (died 2004) in 1947.[1][8] Ommert formerly lived in Burbank, but now resides in Temecula, California.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Cowgirl Grit". HorseCity.com. February 9, 2019. Retrieved August 8, 2018.
  2. ^ "California Veterinarian Willard D. Ommert Dies". BloodHorse.com. Retrieved August 8, 2018.
  3. ^ a b c "Pat North Ommert". Cowgirl Hall of Fame & Museum. cowgirl.net. Retrieved August 13, 2018.
  4. ^ a b c d Strain, Shannon. "Pat North Ommert". National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. Retrieved August 21, 2021.
  5. ^ a b c d Cardine, Sara (December 26, 2019). "Famed rodeo rider Pat Ommert, 90, to appear in EquestFest, Rose Parade". La Cañada Valley Sun. Retrieved August 21, 2021.
  6. ^ "Soul Sisters At The Cowgirl Museum And Hall Of Fame". Cowgirl Magazine. cowgirlmagazine.com. Retrieved August 11, 2018.
  7. ^ a b c d e f "Back When They Bucked with Pat Ommert - The Rodeo News". The Rodeo News. May 19, 2017. Retrieved August 13, 2018.
  8. ^ @newezra, Style Hatch - http://stylehatch.co | @stylehatch / Jonathan Moore - http://jonathanmoore.com | (August 11, 2018). "The 'Cowgirl Grit' of Pat North Ommert". Cowgirl Cravings. {{cite web}}: External link in |first= (help)

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