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Hall of Fame Cowgirl

Local Address: Ft. Worth, Texas, United States
National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame
1720 Gendy St.
Fort Worth , Texas 76107
United States

Company Description: The National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame is the only museum in the world dedicated to honoring women of the American West who have displayed extraordinary...   more
Background

Employment History

  • Founder and Owner and Operator
    Riding Opportunities Promoting Exceptional Riders (ROPER)
  • Coordinator
    Inclusive Riding
  • Hall of Fame Cowgirl and Coordinator
    Inclusive Riding
  • Head Coach and Head of Delegation
    Special Olympics Texas
  • Contributor
    Appaloosa Horse Club , Inc.
  • Contributor
    Appaloosa Horse Club , Inc.
  • Equestrian Coordinator for the Games All Star Program
    Inner-City
  • Equestrian Coordinator for the Games All Star Program
    Inner-City

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Founder
    Riding Opportunities Promoting Exceptional Riders (ROPER)
  • Founder
    Riding Opportunities Promoting Exceptional Riders (ROPER)
  • Founder
    Inclusive Riding
  • Founder
    Inclusive Riding
  • Founder
    R.O.P.E.R
  • Founder
    R.O.P.E.R

Education

  • BA , Physical Ed, Animal Science
    California State University

Certifications

Biography

  • Sherri Mell currently teaches Adapted Physical Education for Edgewood ISD in San Antonio, Texas.  She has been teaching for 25 years.  She has been Teacher of the Year for many organizations including the Edgewood Independent School District, The loc...
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Sherri ...
www.appaloosa.com, 22 Jan 2010 [cached]
Sherri Mell
Sherri Mell took her first horseback ride as a newborn. Her mom, Suzanne Koch of Stevinson, California, placed Sherri atop her first Appaloosa the day Sherri came home from the hospital, beginning a love affair with Appaloosas that would last a lifetime.
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Barely a year and a half later, Sherri won her first rodeo trophy for Best Appearing Cowgirl and so, too, began a succession of accomplishments in the saddle.
These days the San Antonio, Texas, cowgirl has a houseful of hard-earned hardware-more than 100 National and World show grand and reserve trophies, a slew of award saddles and a bevy of buckles, ribbons, medallions and prizes. In the pen, Sherri is probably best known for her work with a rope, an event she comes by naturally.
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As 2003 Hall of Fame inductees themselves, Henning and Suzanne passed that talent on to Sherri, who in 1991, became the only roper in the Women's Pro Rodeo Association to win a tie-down calf roping title on an Appaloosa.
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Nineteen of those years included trips together to the Women's National Finals Rodeo where Sherri has competed for 27 consecutive years in a variety of events.
"Calf roping is something that just eats at me," says the Women's Professional Rodeo Gold Card member. "And to be able to do it on horses that I've raised and my parents have raised is just very satisfying."
The Koches raise quality, versatile Appaloosas at their California spread, including Hall of Fame stallion Double Or Nothin. Sherri's made the most of that versatility, competing in classes ranging from jumping to games, and cattle to English pleasure.
Out of the performance pen, Sherri incorporates Appaloosas into her profession as a physical education teacher. She started out taking Appaloosas to school once a week for enrichment day. Now, Sherri actively introduces special-needs riders and inner-city students to the joys of riding horseback through a variety of programs, several of which Sherri herself started.
Sherri is the founder of ROPER (Riding Opportunities Promoting Exceptional Riders), a program consisting of summer camps for children and adults with disabilities, as well as Inclusive Campers, Equestrian Therapy sessions and Special Olympics events. She's also the founder of Inclusive Riding, a program developed for special-needs athletes that enables participants to perform horseback at the San Antonio Livestock Show and Rodeo. In addition, Sherri's been a Special Olympics coach for 12 years, with certifications in 11 events including equestrian, athletics (track and field), basketball, bowling, bocce, softball, table tennis, roller skating and unified teams. She's served as the Area 20 Special Olympics Equestrian Games Coordinator for the past five years, and was named the 2005 Area 20 Coach of the Year. In all, Sherri coaches nearly 75 athletes on her teams, 21 of which ride her Appaloosas in the Special Olympics Games. In 2002, Sherri added the role of St. Jude's Children's Cancer Research Center Trail Ride Coordinator (and fundraiser) to her schedule.
Additionally, Sherri has served as the Inner City Games coordinator for San Antonio area equestrian activities since 1997. Through the Inner City Games program, Sherri has introduced literally thousands of kids to not just horses, but Appaloosas. "One year we had 815 student riders in just two days," Sherri says.
In 2004 Sherri's success in the show pen and dedication to enriching the lives of others through the use of horses brought her to the attention of the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame in Fort Worth, Texas. Recognized as a classic example of an all-around cowgirl, Sherri became the youngest inductee, joining the likes of Anne Oakley, Dale Evans, Patsy Cline and Martha Josey.
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With true cowhand roots, a lifetime of achievements in the saddle and a tireless devotion to her work with special riders, it's only natural that Sherri would follow in her parents' Hall of Fame footsteps and also earn the right to be awarded the Appaloosa Horse Club's highest honor.
"The Appaloosa Horse Club is like a second family to my family," Sherri says through tears of gratitude.
At the conclusion of the morning ...
www.appaloosa.com, 9 Mar 2005 [cached]
At the conclusion of the morning events contestants that show their horses at the annual Appaloosa Horse Show held every year at the San Antonio Livestock Show and Rodeo gather their safest, gentlest horses that are competing in the show and meet in the warm-up arena with Sherri Mell, Hall of Fame Cowgirl and coordinator of the Inclusive Riding Presentation.
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At the conclusion of the event, when the riders received their prizes/goodies, the South Texas Appaloosa Breeders presented Sherri Mell and her 24-year-old Appaloosa gelding, Dubs Charge (Charger), with gifts to express their thanks for her contributions to the Appaloosa Breed over the years and to recognize her recent induction to the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame in Ft. Worth, Texas, on October 28, 2004.Mell received a painting of herself and one of her horses roping a calf, a bouquet of yellow roses (for the yellow rose of Texas), a sash that said; "Hall of Fame Cowgirl" on it, and a bouquet of carrots, which Charger chomped on very happily.The painting was held up behind her R.O.P.E.R. team and photos were taken with their T-shirts, medals and ribbons.
Each participant in the Inclusive Riding event receiveda R.O.P.E.R. t-shirt.
Sherri has been showing at the San Antonio Livestock Show and Rodeo in the Appaloosa Division since 1983.Her horse, Dubs Charge, participated in his 20th San Antonio Livestock Show and Rodeo, again receiving the honor of High-Point Performance Horse and receiving a beautiful saddle donated by Steven L. Thomas Insurance & Bonds of The Colony, Texas.
Outstanding Volunteer for Sports and ...
www.sotx.org, 8 Mar 2013 [cached]
Outstanding Volunteer for Sports and Competition: Sherri Mell Sherri Mell first volunteered in 1994 and is a head of delegation and coach for basketball, bowling, roller skating, athletics and equestrian competitions in the San Antonio area.
Western Women Hall of Fame - USA
australianwesternhorseshowcase.com.au, 12 Nov 2007 [cached]
Sherri Mell
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Sherri Mell was truly born a cowgirl. In fact, her mother put her on a horse the day she came home from the hospital! By 19 months Sherri won her first rodeo trophy - "Best Appearing Cowgirl."
Born on a cattle ranch in California, Sherri has rodeo in her blood. Her father was a profession calf roper, and her mother won national barrel racing titles well into her 60s and still wins many team-roping events - often with Sherri as her partner.
Sherri began competing in junior rodeos at age 4 and has never tired of the challenges and thrills of the arena. At 13 she won her first saddle, and over the next 30 plus years she has claimed wins in a number of rodeo events.
While many cowgirls specialize in just one or two key rodeo events, Sherri enters and often wins an array of rodeo and horse show competitions: keyhole and steer daubing, tie-down calf roping, steer undecorating, breakaway roping, team roping, cutting, stock horse, jumping, rope race reining, Western riding, English pleasure, figure eight, hunter over the fences, hunter back, barrels and poles. In fact, on one day Sherri might be calf roping in her cowboy boots and hat, and the same day, often on the same horse, she'll wear dress boots and a hunt cap for English jumping.
But Sherri is best known for her success as a calf roper. She is the only woman to win a championship at the National and World shows in calf roping - an event dominated by men. Since 1990 she has led the nation in non-pro calf roping. She's also the first woman to win a National Finals Rodeo Championship title riding an Appaloosa, her only mount.
Sherri has won more than 100 world and national rodeo and horse show competition titles, and has competed in 24 consecutive Women's National Finals rodeos and 21 World Championship Appaloosa horse shows.
But Sherri's successes are not limited to the arena. She has taught physical education at a San Antonio elementary school, earning the Teacher of the Year in 1996. She was also nominated as San Antonio's Hometown Hero in 2000 for her work with youth.
As a Special Olympic volunteer for 11 years, Sherri coaches kids and adults in a number of rodeo events, as well as track, basketball and bowling. She also serves as the only Equestrian Coordinator for the Inner-City Games All Star Program, which provides after school and summer activities for inner-city students. And she has established two organizations to introduce horseback riding to children and adults with disabilities.
"I am proud to be a cowgirl and have been blessed by God to be able to share my horses and knowledge with those that are not so fortunate," says Sherri.
The Cowgirl and The Colts, by Paul J Travers
www.paultravers.com, 18 Oct 2008 [cached]
Sherri Mell - Cowgirl Hall of Fame 2004 Appaloosa Hall of Fame 2006 Founder of R.O.P.E.R.
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