Sheriffs Rodeo Queen Mary Ashley Rohrscheib

“Being a rodeo queen is such a blessing and great experience. I have been able to accomplish so many things and God has opened so many doors for me through queening. It has really helped me come out of my shell. – Sheriffs Rodeo Queen Mary Ashley Rohrscheib

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Sheriffs Rodeo Queen Mary Ashley Rohrscheib

Cullman Today asked reigning Mid-South Rodeo Queen – Mary Ashley Rohrscheib – a series of questions before she took to the area floor ahead of the Sheriff’s Special Needs Rodeo on Thursday morning.

 

Sheriffs Rodeo Queen Mary Ashley Rohrscheib

Being Named The Queen of the Entire Sheriff’s Rodeo Must Be A Great Honor, Tell Us About How It Feels?

“Being a rodeo queen is such a blessing and great experience. I have been able to accomplish so many things and God has opened so many doors for me through queening. It has really helped me come out of my shell.

I don’t think I would be where I am today, as a queen, if it wasn’t for Leslie Brumleve and her mom Mitzi.  They taught my mom and me about what it takes to be a good rodeo queen. We were clueless at first without their direction. My mom has also been so great. Blinging clothes, sewing , hauling my horses and putting things together as well as my aunt Mary Hermansen who I have recruited to make outfits for me.”

 

Sheriffs Rodeo Queen Mary Ashley Rohrscheib

Sheriffs Rodeo Queen Mary Ashley Rohrscheib

Obviously This Is A Big, High Profile Rodeo Event, What Are You Looking Forward To?

“First of all, I am so thankful to Sheriff Matt Gentry for allowing me to be a part of their rodeo.

I love rodeo! But participating in the rodeos as a rodeo queen is so awesome. I feel so honored and blessed to be able to carry the American Flag in the grand entry this weekend.

I look forward to meeting new people and promoting the sport in itself because there are so many people that have never been that close to horses or bulls or seeing cowboys and cowgirls really go to work roping calves and racing around barrels. My favorite events to watch is team roping and bull riding. My brother and I have been competing and training together in team roping and it is just so much fun. And of course my brother Lance being a bull rider, I have to watch that!”

 

Sheriffs Rodeo Queen Mary Ashley Rohrscheib

Sheriffs Rodeo Queen Mary Ashley Rohrscheib

You Don’t Get To Become Queen of the Rodeo Out of Thin Air, How Did You Become Queen?

“One of my friends approached me and told me she was going to compete in a rodeo pageant and she wanted me to do it with her.

Before that, I had never heard of a rodeo pageant before. She told me that you get to compete on your horse and that sold me on it. I had no idea that there was so much more than that! It truly is a skill and takes effort , drive and practice. I have spent hours practicing horsemanship patterns, studying equine health, learning about horse bits, tack , rules of rodeo and rodeo events. These rodeo stock contractors and pageant committees need girls who can truly ride and promote the sport. You may show up to a rodeo and they give you a random horse with somewhat of a feisty attitude, and you have to make it mind, stand still and do what needs to be done in that arena come showtime without being scared of it. So, now I totally understand why the horsemanship portion is so important in a rodeo pageant as well as knowing the events and rules.

I won my first title as a West Point Sr. Miss Rodeo Queen when I was 14. I continued that year and won two more titles as a Limestone Sheriff Jr. Miss and Jr. Miss Ardmore Rodeo Queen. Those pageant committees were so great to work with and getting to be involved in their events were so much fun. That really motivated me to keep going. As I have gotten older, the questions get harder, the competition is tougher and the horsemanship is more difficult but that’s what makes you great. I have not always won every single time but I think it takes those time for you to reflect on yourself and see what needs improvement. We can always improve. I want to keep a humble attitude about it and just know that it is the doors that God has opened for me that give me these great opportunities.”

 

Sheriffs Rodeo Queen Mary Ashley Rohrscheib

Sheriffs Rodeo Queen Mary Ashley Rohrscheib

Tell US About Your Experiences So Far As Mid-South Rodeo, And Now Sheriff’s Rodeo, Queen?

“Winning the Rodeo of the Mid-South title was something I had wanted to compete for , for a couple of years. I wanted to improve on my public speaking and horsemanship first so I spent an entire year preparing before I went to compete. I competed in the Dixie Nationals Rodeo Pageant in Mississippi first and placed 2nd Alternate and had such a great time and the committee was so welcoming, I knew I wanted to go back and compete in Mississippi. So, I was ecstatic to have won the Mid-South title. I love their committee. It means a lot to have their support and Sue Lynn Perry and the committee is just that. They are great.

I have had such life changing moments being a rodeo queen. Getting to travel across state lines to promote my favorite sport is a dream come true. One of my favorite memories was when I was competing for a Limestone Sheriff Rodeo title was when I got to spend an entire week with that years Miss Rodeo USA Lauren Terry 2013. She was so sweet and humble and friendly. She inspired me a lot and I just thought that was so cool to get to talk to her and learn from her. I knew then that I one day too, wanted to be Miss Rodeo USA or Miss Rodeo America. That is my goal is to keep competing, learning and getting as much experience as I can to accomplish that one day in my future. My goal after rodeo is to finish nursing school.

I would say to any girl looking to compete in a rodeo pageant to go for it. However, it is way more than just a pretty face and pretty clothes to win so be prepared to really work hard and work for it. And always keep your head up and learn from the good and the bad. Sometimes it’s easy to get discouraged but just keep in mind, God has a plan. If you are working hard and doing everything you are supposed to, He will direct you in the right direction.”

 

Sheriffs Rodeo Queen Mary Ashley Rohrscheib

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The staff writers at Cullman Today are a collaborative group of citizen reporters sharing the writing of stories based upon their personal interests and work schedules.