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2017 Royal Court

2017 St. Paul Rodeo Royal Court
2017 St. Paul Rodeo Royal Court 

Introducing the 2017 Royal Court

Photo by Sara Leonard
Photo by Sara Leonard 

Beginning with the Royal Court’s coronation in April, its members become formal representatives of the St Paul Rodeo Association and, indirectly, the St. Paul community-at-large in preparation for and during the St. Paul Rodeo which is held over the Fourth of July holiday.

Our 2017 Royal Court members are Princess Morgan Spear (left), Queen Melanie Atchison (center), Princess Britney Norby (right). They were selected in Fall, 2016 from a field of lovely young horsewomen who demonstrated their skills, knowledge, and expertise in a variety of areas, addressing numerous subjects. These ladies will be working hard as the Association’s enthusiastic ambassadors of goodwill, educating others about rodeo, and meeting, greeting, and welcoming visitors to the 2017 St. Paul Rodeo.


Queen Melanie Atchison

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.


Princess Morgan Spear

Princess Morgan Spear, daughter of Dr. Eugene and Rebecca Spear, is from Newberg, Oregon. Morgan is a graduate of Carroll College with a BA in Biology and plans to pursue a nursing degree on her way to becoming a traveling nurse practicing in third world countries. Morgan received scholarship awards throughout her college years which allowed her to pursue a senior research project on black fly chromosome speciation.

Raising service dogs for Guide Dogs for the Blind was a family activity that helped develop Morgan’s interest in service to others: In college, she was ski patrol and outdoor emergency certified and was fundraising Chair for Engineers Without Borders’ student chapter where she worked on future projects for an orphanage in Mexico.

Dally, a sorrel gelding, will carry Princess Morgan as her official rodeo mount and partner.


Princess Britney Norby

Princess Britney Norby, from Hillsboro, Oregon, is the daughter of Steve and Tanya Norby. Britney plans to pursue a business degree and study photography after completing high school.

Her extra curricular activities include participation in Northwest Future Farmers of America where she has assumed leadership roles as a District Officer each year, first as Treasurer, then Secretary, and now Vice President. She was High Point Exhibitor at the Washington County Fair and 2016 State Champion, In-Hand Trail, Oregon High School Equestrian Team. Britney, also, participated in 4-H for seven years and now raises market lambs as an FFA project.She loves working with and competing with horses.

Britney’s official equine partner on the Royal Court is Huckleberry, a strawberry roan Quarter Horse gelding.


Court Tryouts

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