Sisters Rodeo Queen
2020-2021 Sisters Rodeo Queen
Mary Olney from Warm Springs is your Sisters Rodeo Queen for our 80th celebration. She is the daughter of Sonia Heath and Shane Olney. She is also the granddaughter of Chief Delvis Heath Sr.
Mary grew up on the Warm Springs reservation where she was engaged in learning about her Native culture. This is also where she developed a love for horses and the sport of rodeo.
Mary is a 2019 graduated from Madras High School with Honors. During her time at high school she participated in Soccer, Cheer, Softball, National Honor Society and Student Council. She was also involved in the Lyle Gap 4-H Club showing market goats and swine and she held the position of President for the Madras FFA chapter. Currently she is attending welding school in Tulsa, Oklahoma for her certification. After graduation she plans is to become a Pediatrician.
Mary comes from generations of rodeo family. Her grandmother use to ride bareback, her mother ran barrels, her brothers currently ride bulls and broncs and many other family members who have participated in Wild horse racing. Mary started participating in junior rodeos, play days, and horse clinics at an early age. Growing up she was instilled with a passion for animals, rodeo, and in all the western way of life. Mary believes that growing up around rodeo teaches some very valuable lessons; which is to lend a hand when needed, to stay humble and determined, and to get back on if you get bucked off!
In her spare time Mary loves being with her two horses Dixie and Lonestar! She enjoys going on long trail rides and gaming competitions. She also enjoys learning to train young colts with her brothers. She says it is “The thrill of earning the trust of a new horse gives you an opportunity to get to know them on a whole new level.”
Mary and her family have attended the Sisters rodeo for many years. She is so blessed to live out a lifelong dream of hers by being the representative for the 80th celebration. She is ecstatic about the opportunity to encourage younger cowboys and cowgirls to follow their dreams and to educate them about the sport of rodeo.
Update from our Queen for 2021:
Boy has it been a crazy year with 2020! We made it to the end with grace and we are going to conquer 2021!
Although 2020 came with its unforeseen challenges it was also woven with some wonderful opportunities. A few of them for me was graduating from Tulsa Welding School in Tulsa, Oklahoma and achieving “Top One” welder! Shortly after graduation I moved to the beautiful Valley of Southern Oregon where I was hired for a TIG welding position at a great company, Cascade Fire Equipment. I have learned so much working for this business and I am happy to report I have even secured my first pay raise!
I was so sad when everything was pushed back due to the Pandemic. However, it has made the first experiences that much sweeter. In November I was presented with the most beautiful Sisters Rodeo Queen buckle and finally able to meet up with a few of our association Members and Directors including John Leavitt, Yvette Moore, Dixie Baker and others who I know I am missing. I went shopping at Dixies and picked up a few beautiful items for the photo shoot the following day. The photo shoot was a long day but most definitely worth the wait. I want to thank my Uncle Edward Heath for blessing us with his talents by taking the pictures, Amorita for organizing and directing the event, and Aly Saunders for helping me with wardrobe changes and getting the perfect lighting. It was an amazing weekend and it gave me a glimpse of what is still yet to come!
I am so excited for 2021 and I truly believe it is going to be an incredible year for all of us. My horse Dixie and I cannot wait to get to know everyone and to represent the Sisters Rodeo to the best of my ability in this upcoming year. I look forward to meeting and seeing everyone this upcoming year.
2020-2021 Sisters Rodeo Queen