Obituary for Ruby Gobble
New Mexico says good-bye to a Cowgirl Hall of Fame recipient.
Ruby Gobble passed away at the historic Chase Ranch in northern New Mexico June 14, 2013 where she had lived for 50 years.
Raised on her family’s ranch in Wickenburg, Arizona, the youngest of five children, at age three Ruby started off her ‘”days in the saddle” by learning to ride on desert burros. Ruby was first known as a trick rider. By age 12 she broke and taught her horse “Tony” to do tricks and they performed at rodeos across Arizona. By 17 Ruby was trick riding on “Taffy”, thrilling crowds with their stunts. Ruby’s interest turned to calf roping and by 19 years old she was roping professionally. In the early 1950’s Ruby traveled the “Girls Rodeo Association” circuit. For several years Ruby was the World’s Champion Team Roper and the World’s Champion Ribbon Roper. Ruby starred in the western movie “Trigger Gold” as the daughter of the Kane family.
This accomplished horsewoman became the foreman of the Chase Ranch, located on the outskirts of Cimarron New Mexico, in 1963. For 50 years, Ruby Gobble, along with the owner of the Chase Ranch Gretchen Sammis, used their versatile talents to tend to the Hereford cow/calf operation and keep the ranch running smoothly.
In 1982 Ruby was inducted into the National Cowgirl Hall of Fame honored for her roping talents.
Known for hard work and a lot of fun, friends gathered for the stories and Ruby’s friendship. Smart, hardworking, loyal, laughing and loving, Ruby was known for much more than her horsemanship.
Ruby Gobble, Cowgirl Hall of Famer, died at her beloved Chase Ranch at the age of 82.
Memorial services will be at the Chase Ranch on August 18, 2013 at 2:30 p.m.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Yaksich-Long Funeral Home of Raton.