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Cowgirl Hall of Famer

Horsing around is serious business for Barbra Hulling Schulte ’73. A professional cutting horse trainer, coach, author, and consultant, she was inducted in October 2012 into the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame in Fort Worth, Texas. 

Growing up on her family’s ranch in southern Illinois, Barbra helped market and show horses. She also competed in riding events such as cutting, where horses and riders are judged on their ability to separate an animal from a herd and keep it away for a short time. 

“My oldest sister lived in Peoria, and I wanted to be close to her,” Barbra explained. “I loved Bradley. I was a Chi Omega; I remember my sorority sisters well.”

After obtaining a degree in speech pathology and audiology, she earned a master’s degree at Western Washington University. Barbra was an administrator for the Arizona State School for the Deaf and taught at the University of Arizona before returning to the world of horses and riders. “I had a passion for it. … And my husband suggested it,” she remarked. 

That passion led her to become a respected trainer. Winning the 1988 National Cutting Horse Association Derby, the 1992 NCHA Super Stakes, and the 1992 Augusta Futurity made her the first woman to capture all three national championships. She produced a three-part video training series and conducted clinics throughout the United States, Canada, Australia and Europe. An author of two books, she was named National Female Equestrian of the Year in 2000 by the American Quarter Horse Association and the Women’s Sports Foundation. 

Many riders she worked with have won regional, national and championship titles. She continues training in person and online. “I do informational marketing online for sports psychology support for all horseback riders and cutting horse riding as a specific discipline,” she said.

Barbra and her husband, Tom, live in Brenham, Texas. 

— B.G.

 


 

Athletic Octogenarian 

Setting athletic records is nothing new for Dean Smith ’54. A three-year letterwinner in track, he held the University’s record in the mile and was inducted into the Bradley Athletics Hall of Fame in 1979. 

In his late forties, Dean started running again to demonstrate the importance of nutrition. With gold medals and age-group world records from his renewed running, he switched to cycling. In 2002, a friend introduced him to indoor rowing. Since then, Dean has won gold medals in Europe and the United States, capped by national and world records for his age group at the World Indoor Rowing Championship earlier this year. Now in his eighties, he added outdoor rowing in 2009 and has won rowing titles at events here and overseas. 

“Just start slowly from where you are. Gradually increase as you are able,” Dean advised about the importance of physical activity and exercise. “Don’t ever quit. You can always do better than you think you can.”

Dean is CEO of his own nutrition and wellness company and lives in Lone Tree, Colo., with his wife, Priscilla. They have three children, including Susan K. Smith ’79 and Debra D. Smith Ward ’80.

— B.G.

 


 

University President 

Thomas Elzey ’75 moved from one South Carolina institution to another as he was named the 11th president of South Carolina State University in Orangeburg. Previously, he served as executive vice president for finance, administration, and operations at The Citadel. 

Tom also served as senior vice president for finance, CFO, and treasurer at Drexel University, and senior vice president and CFO at Howard University. He worked for several federal agencies, the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, and the Chicago Office of Budget Management. 

Tom earned a master’s degree at Carnegie Mellon University, where he serves as a member of the Heinz School of Public Policy and Management Dean’s Advisory Council. He and his wife, Monedia, have two daughters. 

— B.G.