SPOTLIGHT: Dr. Carolyn Willekes ~ Equestrian Archaeologist for Houston Rodeo lecture series

Dr. Willekes and our week long events for this year’s Rodeo series school talks and lecture were graciously funded by SABIC


She has taken part in jousting battles.  Learned how to sword fight and even ridden a horse across countryside of Mongolia.  This week marks her 4th trip to Houston for our rodeo lecture series.   She is the Lara Croft of the ancient world of horses.  She is Dr. Carolyn Willekes and she is an equestrian archaeologist.  Dr. Willekes, Canadian born and bred, started riding horses at age 8 much to her parents dismay.   From that early age, she progressed thru the years with horses always at the center of her world.  She speaks 6 languages, some better than others, but still most of us only know one!  She has a PhD in classical, ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies and Archaeology.   And did I mention she rode a horse across Mongolia?!

She has been in Houston all week at our invite to once again head up our series on the history of cowboy culture as a tie in with the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo and to speak at various schools across the Houston area.   For the first time, we also booked her at several senior citizen retirement facilities to very enthusiastic crowds.  She is both funny and utterly charming, and possesses a great rapport with all ages.  Her most recent published works is the book, “The Horse in the Ancient World: From Bucephalus to Hippodrome“.

Pictured below, Dr. Carolyn Willekes speaking with senior citizens this past week and educating them on the history of cowboy culture across the globe.