Marcie Locken Memorial Barrel Race and Scholarship |

Marcie Locken Memorial Barrel Race and Scholarship

Applications for the Marcie Locken Memorial Scholarship are due April 15. Courtesy photo

Saturday, May 3, 2014 the 2nd Annual Marcie Locken Memorial Barrel Race will be held at the Event Center in Rapid City, S.D. Stalling available for those making the long trip (health papers required for over night horses). There will also be a silent auction and an announcement of the Marcie Locken Scholarship winner.


-Exhibitions (7am -11am) $5

– Pee Wees (10 & under) starting at 11:30am $15

– 4D 1st round starting at Noon – $40

Awards will be presented to each average Division champion and Reserve Champions.

Pre-entries will be available – stay tuned.

Event coordinators will be looking for donations for the silent auction and sponsors to put on the barrel race. If you have any donations or ideas for sponsors please feel free to message Rachel Tiedeman or contact Erin Petersek, Sarah Porch, or Ashley Worth.

Rachel Tideman, a nurse and former college roommate of Marcie’s helped plan the barrel race and determine the scholarship criteria. “Much of Marcie’s family attends the barrel race and it is always a good time when they are around.” The event is not short of laughter and excitement, she said. “Last year a bunch of the guys decided they wanted to have a special ‘Men’s Barrel Race’ so we opened entries for all men to sign up. It was quite comical as they were riding their wife’s or girlfriend’s barrel horse and we just hoped they didn’t fall off!”

The serious side of the day is what matters, though, and all involved hold fond memories of their beloved friend. “This whole day is to remember who Marice is and how she impacted the lives of all of us. You can ask anyone around…you would have to search long and hard to find someone that would have a bad word to say about Marcie. She was so dedicated to family, church, school, and rodeo. She always put 100 percent into everything and would give you the shirt off her back….such an amazing girl,” Tidemen said.


The scholarship is focused on students with a little education under their belts. “We thought this was best because a student in their junior year is most likely to finish out there schooling and put the scholarship to good use. Also, it seemed to us that the further you get into your college career the less opportunities there are for scholarships. We are looking forward to awarding a deserving student this year,” said Tiedeman.

The Marcie Locken Memorial Scholarship fund was established in 2013, by her family and friends, to honor the life and courage of Marcie Locken. Marcie grew up in Isabel, S.D., and attended South Dakota State University, where she was a member of the Jackrabbit Rodeo Team. In 2007, Marcie qualified for the National College Rodeo Finals in the Goat Tying. She also competed in Breakaway Roping and Barrel Racing throughout her rodeo career.

In December 2011, Marcie was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia and fought her battle at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. On Nov. 7, 2012 at the age of 26, Marcie lost her battle to cancer, but her spirit lives on. Marcie was dedicated to her family, friends, rodeo, school and church. She always had a smile on her face and could always bring out the best in others. Throughout her battle with cancer, Marcie was a strong, fearless woman that fought her heart out. In memory of Marcie, an annual scholarship will be awarded to a student that shares the same qualities, dedications and dreams that Marcie was passionate about.


• Must attend a South Dakota college or institution

• Must be an active member of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association

• Must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher

• Submit 2 letters of recommendation, from anyone unrelated, that you feel can best describe your qualifications for this award

• High school seniors and current college students are eligible to apply

• Scholarship will be awarded to the student at the start of at least his/her 3rd semester

Application deadline: April 15, 2014

Return application to:

Sarah Porch 26706 Hisle Rd Wanblee, SD 57577

–Marcie Locken Memorial Barrel Race

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