Mobridge Tribune

Muriel Hohle named Stampede Grand Marshal

The 2021 Sitting Bull Stampede Grand Marshal Muriel Hohle (with her horse Katie) will lead the festivities of the celebration.

Sixty-nine years and 11 days after Muriel Hohle took home the 1952 rodeo queen crown, she’ll be leading the Sitting Bull Stampede’s parade as its grand marshal.
It’s an exciting opportunity, an opinion her family shares, Hohle said. Her children, sons Jeff and Mark and daughter Tami, who is traveling to Mobridge from Florida, are coming to watch her lead the parade on July 3.
Hohle earned the rodeo queen title at age 18 in 1952, making her the third rodeo queen in the Sitting Bull Stampede’s history. This shouldn’t be a surprise—she and her fellow contestants were judged on their horsemanship, and if there’s anything Hohle knows, it’s horses.
Her current horse, Katie, is a constant source of joy, and every morning after breakfast and devotionals, Hohle heads out to the barn to care for the 22-year-old registered quarter horse. Without Katie, Hohle knows life wouldn’t be the same.
“It gives me a reason to get up,” she said.
In addition to loving to ride and hug them, one of her favorite things about horses is their scent.
“I like the smell of them,” she said.
Hohle has spent her life on horseback, riding her first horse at 3 years old. Nearly 70 years later, she still gets up every morning to care for her registered quarter horse, Katie. Even before impressing the rodeo queen judges with her skills, she found success competing at horse shows from North Dakota to Nebraska.
Horses didn’t take a backseat when Hohle went to college and became a teacher. Over her 40 years as a teacher, Hohle worked at a variety of local one-room country schoolhouses and more traditional schools. When she got home, her teaching responsibilities didn’t always end, as Hohle taught horsemanship to many local children. She also competed in horse shows—and won—horse shows. Her trophies still line a shelf and fill a display case on her property. She even held five horse shows at her property.
When she wasn’t teaching or riding, she was buying and selling. Hohle fondly recalled a story when she brought home 20 Shetland ponies. These purchases didn’t cause strife with her late husband, Walter, whom she married in 1954. She did her thing, and Walter did his, Muriel said. Walter did help when the time came for heavy lifting, but Muriel, powered by her love of the animals, took on the brunt of the work.
Family is very important to Muriel, and she is passing her love onto her grandchildren. Her horse, Katie, is so gentle she could put two of her young granddaughters on her without a saddle.
“[Katie] just acted like she knew,” Muriel said. “That is some horse.”

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