Reba McEntire has accepted dozens of awards and trophies over the course of her career, but her latest honor stands out because of who she’s sharing it with.
Reba and her mother, Jaqueline Smith McEntire, are among the newest inductees into the National Cowgirl Hall of Fame in Fort Worth, Texas. They were honored at a luncheon on Nov. 21 with their family and friends in the audience.
For Jaqueline, the honor comes after years of championing her family members’ successes. She was there when Reba was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame a few years back. Jaqueline, or Jackie, was there earlier this year when Reba celebrated the 40th anniversary of her Grand Ole Opry debut as well. Jackie’s husband, the late Clark McEntire, is in the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame after winning three World Champion Rodeo titles in 1957, 1958 and 1961.
Upon accepting her honor, Jackie said, “I have sat in the audience and watched my family receive awards, and now it’s my turn. Thank you very much, and I’m very proud to be a part of you.”
We caught up with Reba just before the event and asked her how Jackie reacted when she got the good news about her Cowgirl Hall of Fame induction.
Reba tells Rare Country, “She said, ‘Well, I don’t know why. I’m not a cowgirl.’ I said, ‘You’re the toughest cowgirl I know,’ ’cause she was always there working on the ranch — day and night.”
Check out Reba and Jaqueline’s full speeches in these Facebook posts from the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame.
In other Reba news, her 40th anniversary Opry appearance is nominated for the Rare Country Awards’ Grand Ole Opry Moment of the Year. During that appearance, Reba performed “Does He Love You” with Carrie Underwood and was surprised with a special appearance by Dolly Parton.
It’s up to you to decide the winners for the Rare Country Awards. Vote now through Dec. 13 at RareCountryAwards.com. Winners will be revealed during a livestreamed concert event on Dec. 14 in Nashville.