Erath County resident Elaine Fields Smith (right) was awarded first place in the nonfiction category at the North Texas Book Festival on April 7 for her book, “Ridin’ Ropin’ & Jumpin’ Over Cars, The Biography of Virginia Reger – A Real Rodeo Star.” With its beautiful cover showing that young woman on a horse jumping over a car, abundant authentic photos and images of unique memorabilia, as well as the genuine stories from an amazing lifetime, the book delights readers of all ages. Reger was a contract trick rider and roper from age seven well into her 30s and now at age 90, she continues to be an inspiration.