2011 Hall of Fame Inductee
Shirlie Sanders (August 13, 1922 March 11, 2006) was one of the 5 founders of the Circle L-5 Riding Club, which was first named The Silver Saddle Club, consisting of 55 adult and 30 youth members and is the first Charter Black Riding Club in Forth Worth, Texas. Founded over 60 years ago, he paved the way for all Black Cowboys and Cowgirls in Fort Worth to participate in the Fort Worth Stock Show, Cowboys of Color Rodeo and many parades.
He was a fierce energetic, jovial Cowboy with a wonderful personality and was known for his Annual 4th of July Trail-Rides in his home town of Tennessee Colony. His favorite horse’s name was “Sam”.
At the age of 83, Shirlie Sanders still owned, trained and rode horses. He was a Veteran of the United States Army and retired from the Double Seal Ring Steel Company. He is survived by his children, Lavern Sanders and wife Nina, Marion Ester, Willie Car and Jessica Cardenas, sister Jessie “Sweet” Williams; nephew/brother, Wade Cummins and wife Myrtle.
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