Women Of The WSRRA – Monel Shelley
- March 25, 2018
- Tiffany Schwenke
Chances are if you have been to WSRRA Finals you have heard the name Monel Shelley. Monel was on the winning women’s team in 2015 at WSRRA Finals. Flying M Ranch team is filled with handy ladies with Timmy Lynn Delong, Desi Dotson, Lacey Thompson, and Monel Shelley. Monel was selected as the 2015 WSRRA Top Hand and has been on a team at the finals multiple times in past years. Monel Shelley is also a producer of an all girl WSRRA event, where she draws many other top hand ladies.
Monel is a top hand and it makes sense because she grew up learning from and working with the best. Monel Shelley had ample opportunities to work with her father, Glen Shelley, and grandfather, Ron Shelley.
I recently asked Monel Shelley to tell us a little bit about herself and the WSRRA event she produces…
“I grew up in Burns, Oregon ranching and rodeoing with my family. I enjoy roping, running barrels, showing in ranch horse competitions, pulling flanks on our bucking horses, and carrying flags at rodeos. Currently, I live in Winnemucca, NV. The WSRRA Ranch Rodeo that I produce is called “Ladies Ranch Rodeo”. It is held June 18th in Winnemucca, NV. It’s an all girls ranch rodeo. I take 20 teams and it’s already full! I started it in 2013 and knew there was 80 handy ladies out there that can ranch rodeo too, not just the guys.
My favorite event to compete in at the WSRRA Finals would have to be the team branding. I like that the WSRRA represents cowboys and cowgirls keeping traditions alive. I like that the cowgirls are well represented and show their talents just as well as the guys. I have a lot of favorite memories from the WSRRA Finals. It is a place of good friends, good teams, and beautiful horses.”
Ladies Ranch Rodeo is known for drawing top lady ropers from multiple states, but not very many ranch rodeos have barrel racing as of the events! Not only is it barrel racing, but the extra cool part is that they run the barrel racing two at a time! Check out this video-https://www.facebook.com/groups/490667414329306/permalink/1159535294109178/
While I was visiting with Andi Harmon about some of the photos she has given me permission to use for this article, she shared this great example of how Monel Shelley makes a great hand no matter the situation…
“Last spring, Monel brought her barrel horse gelding to the biggest branding of the year that we have. He’d never seen a cow before. When they bring the herd in, it can be a little daunting for seasoned horses. The cows, some 350+ with calves, are gathered out of the side field and come pouring over the steep hill to the corral. They tend to bottleneck at the gate and lots of them turn and come down the fence. It’s up to the riders to turn the herd and keep as many as possible from turning back. Here’s Monel, on that barrel horse, helping turn the herd.” Andi Harmon.
“Same branding, with his first calf on. He is flanked by 2 experienced horses to help him build some confidence.” Andi Harmon
Andi Harmon also added this about Monel. “I’ve known Monel since she was in high school and to say she is a ‘hand’ is putting it lightly. She’s exceptional. She does come by it honestly; her father and grandfather are both exceptional horsemen. Her grandfather turns 83 Wednesday and he still buckaroos with Glen. Monel’s great grandfather raised and ran racehorses. Her great-great grandfather ran a livery stable. I guess you could say she was born into horses.”
Monel Shelley took 1st place in the halter/2 year old class at the Harney County Reined Cow Horse Futurity last year, out of a class of 14 horses, with her young stallion who is an own son of Spots Hot, Spots Gone Wild! Monel told me she is really excited about this horse and people will be seeing him being shown at WSRRA Finals in the future!
If you would like to find more information about Monel Shelley’s Ladies Ranch Rodeo you can join the Facebook group
You can also see pictures from past years of Ladies Ranch Rodeo event – https://thecowboylife.smugmug.com/RanchRodeos/Rope-For-The-Money-Ladies-Ranch- Rodeos
It’s nice to know there are still ladies like Monel Shelley out there carrying on cowboy traditions while showcasing her talents and style for the public to see in WSRRA events. Monel Shelley is a great representation of Women Of The WSRRA.
About Tiffany Schwenke
My family has been ranching and raising horses for over 100 years. We raise, train, and market AQHA horses at North Four Mile Creek Horse Ranch. We produce the annual event WYO WILD RIDE RANCH RODEO. I am a wife and a mother to 3 amazing...