Inslee gives cowgirl title, calls her horse ‘Washington Horse of the day’

Olympia – The first question Washington Gov. Jay Inslee asked Colville tribal member Rocksie Marchand, 9, as she entered his office in the Washington State Capitol was if she brought her horse.

“No,” she said, shyly.

“You could have tied him up right outside,” said Inslee.

The 15 minutes with Inslee, and his wife Trudi, capped Marchand’s day in the capitol in which she was also honored by both the state house and state senate in recognition of her achievement as becoming the youngest competitor to win a saddle from the Indian National Finals Rodeo.

In November, Marchand won the 2017 INFR Ladies Barrel title, further becoming only the second competitor in INFR history to win all four rounds of competition.

Gov. Inslee granted Colville tribal member Rocksie Marchand the title, ‘Washingtonian of the day,’ and named her horse Roo ‘Washington horse of the day,’ Monday.

State representative Jacquelin Maycumber, R-Republic, presented Marchand with HR 2018-4652, which was written by Maycumber and fellow representative Joel Kretz, R-Wauconda.

“WHEREAS, From as young as three years old Rocksie began competing in rodeos, where she quickly excelled and showcased her prowess,” starts the resolution, which concludes, “NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives of the State of Washington honor Rocksie Marchand for her inspiring character from which everyone can learn and her remarkable accomplishment so few have achieved...”

Like Inslee, the House resolution also mentioned Marchand’s horse: “WHEREAS, Rocksie’s connection with her horse Roo may remind all of us that trust and love are the foundation of every winning relationship...”

When Maycumber introduced Marchand in the Republican House Caucus Chambers after the session, she noted Marchand had raced against her daughters over the last several years.

When she was asked why she likes rodeoing, Marchand remained tight-lipped: “I just like having fun.”

In the Senate, Lt. Governor Cyrus Habib recognized Marchand.

“This barrel racing championship is for women of all ages,” explained Habib to the members on the floor. “This is not young competitors, this is women of all ages, and she’s the youngest ever to win this competition. She’s 9 years old. A member of the Colville Nation and she represented the state of Washington with honor and distinction.”

With the INFR victory, Marchand earned the opportunity to compete in the semi-final round of RFD-TV’s The American Rodeo in February in Arlington, Texas.

“WHEREAS, Rocksie may be reluctant to speak in front of her classmates, she will shine under the big lights in Texas; and

“WHEREAS, Everything is bigger in Texas, this year’s winner of the American Rodeo barrel racing competition may be the smallest ever.”

In the Non-Diegetic

Justus Caudell writes In the Non-Diegetic. He grew up off-the-grid in Keller, but can now be reached at his office in Nespelem.

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