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2013 trail ride royalty: Sharie Folmar
Sharie Folmar will be representing the South Texas Trail Riders as their Sweetheart. Sharie was born and raised in Tulsa, Okla., and attended college at Oklahoma State University. While living in Oklahoma, she worked for the Cherokee Indians at the Cherokee Nation Tribal Complex in Tahlequah. She then pursued a career in health care by furthering her education and successfully completing state and national board exams to become a licensed nursing home administrator.
Sharie’s childhood, teen years, and adult life included the love and ownership of horses. In the early 1980s, she moved to McAllen to obtain her Texas nursing home administrator’s license, and continued a successful career in health care in South and Central Texas, followed by semi-retiring to only work interim assignments. Sharie has also developed a small cattle operation helping buyers choose select cattle to fit into their ranching operations, back-yard ranches, and anything in between.
Her love for horses has remained in her heart while living in Texas as she has participated in Western Pleasure competition and pleasure rides. An entire new world of adventure opened up for her when she was invited to a South Texas Trail Riders event in 2007, where she fell in love with the sport of trail riding and the members of STTR.
Sharie has ridden with the trail riders for the last three years, and has fulfilled a volunteer job as a drag scout on the rides, controlling the back traffic as it approaches riders on the road. She considers her job very important from the aspect of safety to the riders and considers it a privilege to provide her service to the organization.
Sharie considers receiving the honor of Outstanding Scout for 2012 the highlight of her life, and when the members of South Texas Trail Riders elected her as their Sweetheart for 2012-13, she was emotionally moved and honored.
“It is my pleasure to ride as an STTR scout and as a Sweetheart during our 2012-13 year,” Sharie said. “I can’t explain to you the feeling of riding your horse across Texas landscapes and highways, taking steps that so many of our forefathers took in their discovery and conquering of these lands in days long ago. I think that STTR picked the perfect motto for our organization and it certainly is an honor for me and my horse to ride with our members knowing that I am part of ‘Keeping the Cowboy Tradition Alive.’”
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