Queen Melanie Atchison, daughter of Gary and Diane Atchison, grew up in Turner, Oregon where she learned the value of community connection in a small town. Melanie graduated from Cascade High School where she was active as co-captain of the volleyball team, as a teaching assistant, and as an active and competing member of Oregon High School Equestrian Team. Our queen is presently studying Diagnostic Imaging at Linn Benton Community College with the ultimate goal of completing her Bachelor’s Degree in the medical diagnostic field.
Melanie’s interest in horses began at a very young age, and at age seven she had saved $500 which she applied to the purchase of her first horse and riding lessons “just down the road”. She has volunteered, studied, and competed in 4-H for nine years and in various other equine organizations where she learned a variety of horsemanship skills, including but not limited to showmanship, equitation, gaming, team penning, barrel racing, and driving.
For her mounted Royal Court appearances, Queen Melanie will be riding either Shady, her black AQHA gelding or Cinco, an AQHA red dun gelding.