Miss Rohrscheib earned this rare opportunity by recently winning the Morgan County Sheriff’s Rodeo earlier this month. – Cullman Represented In Miss Rodeo USA By Mary Ashley Rohrscheib

Cullman Represented In Miss Rodeo USA By Mary Ashley Rohrscheib

Cullman Represented In Miss Rodeo USA By Mary Ashley Rohrscheib

Lifelong Cullman County resident and Wallace State Community College student – Mary Ashley Rohrscheib – will compete in the 2016 Miss Rodeo USA contest.

Miss Rohrscheib earned this rare opportunity by recently winning the Morgan County Sheriff’s Rodeo Queen designation earlier this month. She is also the reigning Mid-South Rodeo Queen.

Cullman Represented In Miss Rodeo USA By Mary Ashley Rohrscheib

Sheriff Anna Franklin

Morgan County Sheriff Anna Franklin had only positive things to say about her:

“We are so proud to have Mary Ashley represent us for the 2016 year as our Morgan County Rodeo Queen for our local events as well as in the Miss Rodeo USA pagent at IFR in Oklahoma City in January 2017. We are so glad to provide this pageant for these young ladies. The pageant isn’t just about a pretty face – our goal is to provide these young ladies an opportunity to meet and fellowship with people of similar interests in a positive environment . The discipline needed to compete for this title will help to build confidence and develop life skills that will benefit them throughout the challenges that they face in years to come.   We have so many lovely young people that have competed with us and we are blessed to have watched many of them grow and mature over the past 5 years.  I know Mary Ashley will do an excellent job for us and serve to be a good example of servant leadership to the younger girls that she meets throughout her reign.”

Last fall, Mary Ashley was Cullman County Sheriff Matt Gentry’s choice to be the flag bearer at his Cullman County Sheriff’s Office Rodeo last fall.

 

Cullman Represented In Miss Rodeo USA By Mary Ashley Rohrscheib

Cullman Represented In Miss Rodeo USA By Mary Ashley Rohrscheib

After Mary Ashley’s big win in Morgan County, we asked her what it takes to be a rodeo queen, particularly at such a high level:

“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.”

Cullman Represented In Miss Rodeo USA By Mary Ashley Rohrscheib

Cullman Represented In Miss Rodeo USA By Mary Ashley Rohrscheib

About Miss Rodeo USA

Each year rodeo queens from all over the United States come to the International Pro Rodeo Association (IPRA) Convention, held during the International Finals Rodeo, to participate in the Miss Rodeo USA Pageant.

All contestants are put through a rigorous judging schedule, where they are judged on personality, appearance, and horsemanship.  Speeches, style shows, horsemanship patterns, written examinations, and interviews are examples of the types of events where the judges score the contestants.

Even though the judging schedule is challenging, tension of actual competition is eased by media interviews, luncheons, dinners, style shows, rodeo performances and other events planned just for fun.  The contestants have historically made appearances for sponsors and at charitable organizations during the pageant week.

The Miss Rodeo USA Pageant will be held in January 2017, in Oklahoma City, OK, in conjunction with the International Finals Rodeo.

 

Cullman Represented In Miss Rodeo USA By Mary Ashley Rohrscheib

Cullman Represented In Miss Rodeo USA By Mary Ashley Rohrscheib

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