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Owner and Operator and Head Coach...

Local Address: San Antonio, Texas, United States
R.O.P.E.R. (Riding Opportunities Promoting Exceptional Riders)
 
Background

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Founder
    R.O.P.E.R. (Riding Opportunities Promoting Exceptional Riders)
  • Member
    Appaloosa Horse Club , Inc.
  • Founder
    Inclusive Riding
  • Founder
    Riding Opportunities Promoting Exceptional Riders
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Web References
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.
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.
appaloosablogspot.com » World Show
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Sherri Mell and husband Mike Torres were the victors in Non Pro Judged Heading competition and watching them celebrate was tons of fun.
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Sherri, who happens to be a member of the ApHC Hall of Fame and Cowgirl Hall of Fame, also won the Non Pro Breakaway Roping class earlier in the day.
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.
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