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SHERRI GILKERSON MEMORIAL


"Amazing Grace"

Click here for Sherri Gilkerson Memorial Scholarship Application Open the PDF form in any PDF Reader. After filling out all of the fields, please print the PDF and sign it. Mail the printed, signed form to the address at the bottom of the form. Download Free PDF Reader: Adobe PDF Reader
Sherri Lea Hammond was born July 20, 1972, to Jack and Carolyn Hammond at the Wyoming Medical Center in Casper, Wyoming. She was quite overdue and had everyone on pins and needles. She came home to two excited sisters and the community of Lance Creek that would be her home until she left for college. Sherri had been living and breathing horses since she was old enough to toddle. Her dad, Jack, had horses from a young age and her mom, Carolyn, had a pony as a child but always wanted a horse of her own. They both shared stories about making enough money to have horses as children. Jack roped steers in the local roping clubs and Carolyn helped neighbors with trailing cattle whenever the opportunity arose. Sherri loved being on a horse and at six months of age she sat a horse like she knew what she was doing! If Sherri couldn't be found, her parents would head straight to the corral. She would be feeding a piece of grass or hay to a horse, or if she could get one next to the fence, she would be on top! Most girls want dolls or toys for Christmas, but not Sherri. When she was six years old, all she wanted for Christmas was a horse. She was so proud when she got Twister. Jack and Carolyn enrolled Sherri's two older sisters, Julie and Lisa, in the local 4-H horse program. Carolyn was the 4-H horse leader for 30 years. Sherri was always in tow to the horse meetings and if she didn't have a horse to ride she was always begging to ride someone else's. Sherri had just turned eight in July, and in August of that year she and her family went to the county fair where Julie and Lisa were showing horses, and Julie was a contestant in the Miss Rodeo Niobrara Contest. Sherri was now old enough to enter the Junior Queen Contest which was for girls between the ages of 8 and 14. She begged her mom to let her compete. Carolyn was busy with all her 4-H kids and with Julie in the Miss Rodeo Contest, but Sherri was persistent. Finally, her mom gave in and stuffed the contents of an entire box of Kleenex into a hat that was way too big for her tiny, little head, and shortened Lisa's stirrups as short as they would go. Carolyn always had a special shirt for her daughters to wear to the rodeo on Saturday, so Sherri got to wear her shirt early. Carolyn stuck her youngest daughter on Lisa's 4-H horse, Ozzie, and off she went! She had to do an equitation pattern (walk, trot, lope, reverse, stop) and Ozzie wasn't picking up the correct lead. Sherri knew even at that young age that Ozzie was in the wrong lead! She looked up to see if the judges were looking and gave Ozzie a quick smack with the reins to remind him that she was the boss! At the end of the competition, Sherri was crowned Junior Queen — what a great surprise! The next year, Sherri took over sister Julie's horse, Dusty, to show in 4-H. Sherri was always active in her church youth group. The activities she enjoyed in high school included the rodeo team and the FFA. She continued to participate in the 4-H program where she had become a junior leader, training other young horsemen. She had also started breaking and training horses for many of her neighbors. Sherri's parents noticed her interest in horses and showing and began fostering that interest by taking her to local shows all over the area. Sherri won many awards and honors, but the most amazing thing was that she never concerned herself about her competition. She had put the training in on the horse and she knew she could win. She was quiet, and not cocky, and that never changed. She always let her showing do her talking for her. By the time Sherri graduated from Niobrara County High School, she knew riding and training horses would be her chosen vocation. Sherri attended Laramie County Community College (LCCC) on a horse judging scholarship, and was an active LCCC Rodeo Team member. While Sherri was home for the summer, she was crowned Miss Rodeo Niobrara in 1992. She was the second runner-up at the Miss Rodeo Wyoming contest in 1993. During her two years at LCCC, Sherri earned a double major: an Associate of Applied Science/Business Administration degree and a degree in Horse Management. While getting her degrees, she did an internship with Dr. Joe Armstrong of La Mesa, New Mexico. After graduation, she joined Dr. Armstrong and his horse management program. On December 31, 1994, Sherri Hammond married her lifetime friend and partner, Marc Gilkerson. It was one of the happiest days of her life — on that special day, she became Sherri Gilkerson! The newly married couple took employment with the Cheyenne River Quarter Horse Ranch at Hot Springs, South Dakota. From there, they moved to Glenwood Springs, Colorado, to help a friend. They later bought a home in Silt, Colorado. When Sherri wasn't training, she was showing. She spent her last two years training cow horses in Cave Creek, Arizona, with Jim and Jimmie Paul. By November 2001, Sherri had qualified three horses in the Open Working Cow Horse competition at the AQHA World Show: Little Angels Josie, owned by Cynthia MacDonald Singer, who placed fifth in the Senior Working Cow Horse event; Peppino Hustler, owned by Leslie Wright, who placed thirteenth; and Cute N Cashy, owned by Gusti Buerger. In 2005, Sherri won the NRCHA Limited Open and the Open Bridle Sweepstakes riding Camiseta Peppy, owned by Linda Mars of Jackson, Wyoming. She knew that all "Norman" had to do was show his stuff, and he did just that. They got a good cow, something she and her mom had prayed for, and Norman did what he does best. Sherri also was third in the Limited Open Hackamore on Lenas San Lena, a 4-year old stallion that Marc and Sherri owned. Sherri also placed in the Limited Open Bridle on Colonel Brooksinic, owned by Leslie Wright, with the high fence score. Tragically, Sherri Gilkerson died on October 30, 2006, in a horse-related accident. Sherri inspired many people, but the thing that Sherri would want everyone to understand is that all the awards don't compare to the joy of knowing Jesus as her Lord and Savior. That's what people saw in Sherri as she lived out her love for Jesus Christ. She was an honest, loving person and that was all from the heart.  She was truly a remarkable woman and she always wanted the best for everyone.  She is missed greatly by her family and so many friends.  She truly was an amazing person that touched so many in her short life.  Sherri's memory will live on as she is remembered every year with the Sherri Gilkerson Memorial Bridle Spectacular and Horse Show put on by the AZRCHA in April at Horseshoe Park and Equestrian Centre in Queen Creek, Arizona.  The AZRCHA sponsors the Sherri Gilkerson Memorial Scholarship which provides financial assistance to undergraduate college and university students who have demonstrated an interest in Reined Cow Horse and are members of the National Reined Cow Horse Association.  The scholarship is awarded every year after the Sherri Gilkerson Memorial Horse Show in Queen Creek.
Click here for Sherri Gilkerson Memorial Scholarship Application Open the PDF form in any PDF Reader. After filling out all of the fields, please print the PDF and sign it. Mail the printed, signed form to the address at the bottom of the form. Download Free PDF Reader: Adobe PDF Reader If you would like to contribute to the Sherri Gilkerson Scholarship Fund, please contact Cynthia MacDonald Singer at cynsin@sopris.net.
Beyond the sunset, oh blissful morning, when with our Savior heaven is begun: Earth's toiling ended, oh glorious dawning, beyond the sunset, when day is done. Beyond the sunset no clouds will gather, no storms will threaten, no fears annoy: Oh Day of gladness, oh day unending, beyond the sunset, eternal joy! Beyond the sunset, a hand will guide me to God the Father, whom I adore: His glorious presence, His words of welcome, will be my portion on that fair shore. Beyond the sunset, oh glad reunion, with our dear loved ones who've gone before: In that fair homeland we'll know no parting, beyond the sunset, forever more!
"Amazing Grace"
© 2017 Arizona Reined Cow Horse Association. All Rights Reserved. Original Site Design and Development by Silverleaf Design Webmaster Frank Turben - Computer Help
SHERRI GILKERSON MEMORIAL
Sherri Lea Hammond was born July 20, 1972, to Jack and Carolyn Hammond at the Wyoming Medical Center in Casper, Wyoming. She was quite overdue and had everyone on pins and needles. She came home to two excited sisters and the community of Lance Creek that would be her home until she left for college. Sherri had been living and breathing horses since she was old enough to toddle. Her dad, Jack, had horses from a young age and her mom, Carolyn, had a pony as a child but always wanted a horse of her own. They both shared stories about making enough money to have horses as children. Jack roped steers in the local roping clubs and Carolyn helped neighbors with trailing cattle whenever the opportunity arose. Sherri loved being on a horse and at six months of age she sat a horse like she knew what she was doing! If Sherri couldn't be found, her parents would head straight to the corral. She would be feeding a piece of grass or hay to a horse, or if she could get one next to the fence, she would be on top! Most girls want dolls or toys for Christmas, but not Sherri. When she was six years old, all she wanted for Christmas was a horse. She was so proud when she got Twister. Jack and Carolyn enrolled Sherri's two older sisters, Julie and Lisa, in the local 4-H horse program. Carolyn was the 4-H horse leader for 30 years. Sherri was always in tow to the horse meetings and if she didn't have a horse to ride she was always begging to ride someone else's. Sherri had just turned eight in July, and in August of that year she and her family went to the county fair where Julie and Lisa were showing horses, and Julie was a contestant in the Miss Rodeo Niobrara Contest. Sherri was now old enough to enter the Junior Queen Contest which was for girls between the ages of 8 and 14. She begged her mom to let her compete. Carolyn was busy with all her 4-H kids and with Julie in the Miss Rodeo Contest, but Sherri was persistent. Finally, her mom gave in and stuffed the contents of an entire box of Kleenex into a hat that was way too big for her tiny, little head, and shortened Lisa's stirrups as short as they would go. Carolyn always had a special shirt for her daughters to wear to the rodeo on Saturday, so Sherri got to wear her shirt early. Carolyn stuck her youngest daughter on Lisa's 4-H horse, Ozzie, and off she went! She had to do an equitation pattern (walk, trot, lope, reverse, stop) and Ozzie wasn't picking up the correct lead. Sherri knew even at that young age that Ozzie was in the wrong lead! She looked up to see if the judges were looking and gave Ozzie a quick smack with the reins to remind him that she was the boss! At the end of the competition, Sherri was crowned Junior Queen — what a great surprise! The next year, Sherri took over sister Julie's horse, Dusty, to show in 4-H. Sherri was always active in her church youth group. The activities she enjoyed in high school included the rodeo team and the FFA. She continued to participate in the 4-H program where she had become a junior leader, training other young horsemen. She had also started breaking and training horses for many of her neighbors. Sherri's parents noticed her interest in horses and showing and began fostering that interest by taking her to local shows all over the area. Sherri won many awards and honors, but the most amazing thing was that she never concerned herself about her competition. She had put the training in on the horse and she knew she could win. She was quiet, and not cocky, and that never changed. She always let her showing do her talking for her. By the time Sherri graduated from Niobrara County High School, she knew riding and training horses would be her chosen vocation. Sherri attended Laramie County Community College (LCCC) on a horse judging scholarship, and was an active LCCC Rodeo Team member. While Sherri was home for the summer, she was crowned Miss Rodeo Niobrara in 1992. She was the second runner-up at the Miss Rodeo Wyoming contest in 1993. During her two years at LCCC, Sherri earned a double major: an Associate of Applied Science/Business Administration degree and a degree in Horse Management. While getting her degrees, she did an internship with Dr. Joe Armstrong of La Mesa, New Mexico. After graduation, she joined Dr. Armstrong and his horse management program. On December 31, 1994, Sherri Hammond married her lifetime friend and partner, Marc Gilkerson. It was one of the happiest days of her life — on that special day, she became Sherri Gilkerson! The newly married couple took employment with the Cheyenne River Quarter Horse Ranch at Hot Springs, South Dakota. From there, they moved to Glenwood Springs, Colorado, to help a friend. They later bought a home in Silt, Colorado. When Sherri wasn't training, she was showing. She spent her last two years training cow horses in Cave Creek, Arizona, with Jim and Jimmie Paul. By November 2001, Sherri had qualified three horses in the Open Working Cow Horse competition at the AQHA World Show: Little Angels Josie, owned by Cynthia MacDonald Singer, who placed fifth in the Senior Working Cow Horse event; Peppino Hustler, owned by Leslie Wright, who placed thirteenth; and Cute N Cashy, owned by Gusti Buerger. In 2005, Sherri won the NRCHA Limited Open and the Open Bridle Sweepstakes riding Camiseta Peppy, owned by Linda Mars of Jackson, Wyoming. She knew that all "Norman" had to do was show his stuff, and he did just that. They got a good cow, something she and her mom had prayed for, and Norman did what he does best. Sherri also was third in the Limited Open Hackamore on Lenas San Lena, a 4-year old stallion that Marc and Sherri owned. Sherri also placed in the Limited Open Bridle on Colonel Brooksinic, owned by Leslie Wright, with the high fence score. Tragically, Sherri Gilkerson died on October 30, 2006, in a horse-related accident. Sherri inspired many people, but the thing that Sherri would want everyone to understand is that all the awards don't compare to the joy of knowing Jesus as her Lord and Savior. That's what people saw in Sherri as she lived out her love for Jesus Christ. She was an honest, loving person and that was all from the heart.  She was truly a remarkable woman and she always wanted the best for everyone.  She is missed greatly by her family and so many friends.  She truly was an amazing person that touched so many in her short life.  Sherri's memory will live on as she is remembered every year with the Sherri Gilkerson Memorial Bridle Spectacular and Horse Show put on by the AZRCHA in April at Horseshoe Park and Equestrian Centre in Queen Creek, Arizona.  The AZRCHA sponsors the Sherri Gilkerson Memorial Scholarship which provides financial assistance to undergraduate college and university students who have demonstrated an interest in Reined Cow Horse and are members of the National Reined Cow Horse Association.  The scholarship is awarded every year after the Sherri Gilkerson Memorial Horse Show in Queen Creek. If you would like to contribute to the Sherri Gilkerson Scholarship Fund, please contact Cynthia MacDonald Singer at cynsin@sopris.net.
Click here for Sherri Gilkerson Memorial Scholarship Application Open the PDF form in any PDF Reader. After filling out all of the fields, please print the PDF and sign it. Mail the printed, signed form to the address at the bottom of the form. Download Free PDF Reader: Adobe PDF Reader
Beyond the sunset, oh blissful morning, when with our Savior heaven is begun: Earth's toiling ended, oh glorious dawning, beyond the sunset, when day is done. Beyond the sunset no clouds will gather, no storms will threaten, no fears annoy: Oh Day of gladness, oh day unending, beyond the sunset, eternal joy! Beyond the sunset, a hand will guide me to God the Father, whom I adore: His glorious presence, His words of welcome, will be my portion on that fair shore. Beyond the sunset, oh glad reunion, with our dear loved ones who've gone before: In that fair homeland we'll know no parting, beyond the sunset, forever more!


"Amazing Grace"

"Amazing Grace"