Sherri Tearney

Sherri Tearney

The first equine member of the Doepke family was Mike Magoo, a half-saddlebred gelding who was to be shared by all of the siblings. Sherri decided that she wanted to compete at shows with him and on the first attempt, placed fifth in her class. Bitten by the horse show bug, a quarter type gelding named Smokey followed with success in the show ring as well.

Quarter Horse shows were just starting to become popular and Sherri wanted to compete in those so Skipper Reno was purchased from Clyde Hamilton via a newspaper ad. At their first horse show in 1968, Sherri and the mare placed 2nd out of 80 entries in the western pleasure at the American Royal Stock Show. This success prompted Sherri to work with Denny Hassett and add more events to the mares repetoir. In the first youth finals held in Tulsa, OK Sherri and Skipper were champions in the western riding and 6th in the trail. That same year they won the western riding at the All American Quarter Horse Congress in Columbus, OH.

Winning a bet with her father, Sherri was allowed to breed Skipper Reno to Two Eyed Jack. Another mare named Shes A Saucy Bar joined the broodmare band along with the dam of Beau Bonanza and the breeding operation was in full swing. She raised horses that competed and won at the national level including Stockings and Lace, Pinstripes, Mr Rusty Zipper and Zippos Amy. After marrying Phil Tearney, roping and cattle horse bloodlines were added to the broodmare band with equal success. There are many horses in Brazil with Phil & Sherri Tearney listed as the breeders or owners.

After her youth career was over Sherri competed as an amateur until she decided to make training her full time profession. Later she received her AQHA judges card and was on the judges list for 20 years retiring when her daughter began showing so she could assist her with the horses.

Sherri became a member of the KQHA Board of Directors in 2008 and served as president of the organization in 2012-2013. Along with Jeff Mellott, Chuck Sperry and Craig Cole she was instrumental in getting the Prairie Classic up and running and continues to work at the show today. She managed the Hope In The Heartland for several years donating her time and energy for the organization.

In 2005 she became an AQHA national director and has served on the amateur and world show committees.

Sherri is married to Phil Tearney who shares her passion for a good horse. Daughter Rachel has recently graduated from college and shares the love as well.