Long before Deborah Copenhaver Fellows became a nationally known bronze sculptor, she was a cowgirl. As a young girl, Fellows was raised on a ranch in northern Idaho. Her father, Deb Copenhaver, was a world champion bronc rider, and the family raised cattle and quarter horses. Both Fellows and her brother, Jeff Copenhaver, followed in their patriarch’s footsteps, actively competing in the rodeo circuit until Fellows left home to study fine art — first at Washington State University in Pullman and later at Fort Wright College of the Holy Names, a small all-girls college in Spokane, Washington.

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