Lenore Rutherford, The Union Democrat

Four young women completed their paperwork and met at the Tuolumne County Sheriff's Posse Sunday to officially throw their hats in the ring for the title of 2013 Mother Lode Roundup Queen.

All four passed a pre-ride qualifier to prove they had the horsemanship skills necessary to compete in the contest. Now they must each sell 200 tickets to complete their qualification requirements.

Presale rodeo tickets are $15 each. In addition to rodeo tickets, people have the choice of buying $15 tickets for a $1,000 cash prize donated by Shaffer Auctioneering. The winner's name will be drawn at the rodeo, and that person does not need to be present to win. All proceeds go toward putting on the rodeo.

Call the contestants for tickets. They each must sell 200 rodeo tickets, cash-prize tickets or a combination of both, to qualify.

The 2013 queen contestants are:

Lorna M. Job

533-0930 or 559-9957

Lorna M. Job, 17, of Sonora, is the daughter of Robert and Joane Job and has twin sisters, Teresa and Nicole, both 14.

She is in the 11th grade at Connections Academy, where she is active in Poetry Out Loud, acting, singing, dancing, high school rodeo, competitive rock climbing and softball.

Other interests include horses, playing the piano, gymkhana, cattle drives, riding cutting horses, trail riding, training, western shows and trail trials.

After graduation, she plans to study equine veterinary medicine at the University of California, Davis.

She was the Mother Lode Fair's Green Horse All Around Champion in 2008, the youngest member to compete in all 4-H horsemanship levels in Tuolumne County, a qualifier for the 2012 county-wide Poetry Out Loud competition, has won numerous awards in competitive rock climbing and is a member of the 2012-13 Academic Decathlon.

She has been a member of Twain Harte Horsemen for 10-plus years, graduated from Sierra Waldorf School with a 4.3 grade point average, and has performed in 13 plays starting from age 7.

She is a member of the California Scholarship Federation, played piano in the Sonora Bach Festival, completed two piano levels of the Merit Guild and is part of the Summerville/Connections Robotics Team.

She was born and raised in Tuolumne County and has been riding horses for pleasure and in competition since she could walk.

"Many of my friends and mentors have been past queens in the Mother Lode and up to Miss Rodeo California," she said. "I have dreamed of being a rodeo queen growing up, and I have been watching and waiting for my turn to take a shot at representing the Mother Lode."

Ashley Taylor

928-3219 or 770-3283

Ashley Taylor, 20, of Sonora, is the daughter of Bret and Noelle Taylor and the sister of Jason Taylor, 18, and Brittany Taylor, 14.

She graduated from Summerville High in 2010 and now takes online courses throughPenn State University, working toward a career in U.S. Forest Service law enforcement.

Her sports interests are football, basketball and softball, and her hobbies are hunting, boating and showing cattle and horses. She particularly enjoys cattle sorting and reining. She has been named Supreme Cattle Champion and Showmanship winner, and has placed fourth overall in Cow Palace Ranch Sorting competition.

She said she wants to be Mother Lode Roundup Queen because she would represent what she calls the "biggest little rodeo" and the Tuolumne County Sheriff's Posse to her fullest.

She also wants to support the sport of rodeo.

She said she shows horses and cattle all over California while working at Radovich Hay and Feed in Jamestown. She also runs her own cattle business, Taylor Show Cattle, in which she is working to start a breeding program.

She will ride her horse, Royal Pepto Chick, which she said is also known as Diva, in the competition. She said the horse, which always does its best in competitions, inspired her to compete for Roundup queen.

"I want to help keep rodeo around, not just for today but for tomorrow and many generations to come," she said.

Cortney Allen


Cortney Allen, 17, of Tracy, is the daughter of Tricia and Cort Allen. She has one sister, Crystal, 24.

She is in her fourth year at Delta Charter School in Tracy, where she was the vice president of the school's fashion club and movie club. She was also on the debate team. She plays varsity soccer and is a cheerleader.

Her hobbies are cooking, hanging out with friends, reading and making bedazzled horse tack for her business.

She is an all-around rider. When she is not at a junior rodeo competing in breakaway roping, goat tying and pole bending, she is showing at an American Quarter Horse Association Show in hunter under saddle, horsemanship, western riding and showmanship.

She was first runner-up in the Livermore Junior Rodeo Queen Contest and has won many circuit championship and awards from various rodeos.

She plans to attend Feather River College in Quincy. Later, she'd like to transfer to Texas A & M for a doctor of veterinary medicine degree, then to Ohio State to finish her equine surgical residency.

"Every year, my family's Mother's Day tradition is attending the Mother Lode Roundup," she said, "and every year, I have always wanted to be that girl galloping around on horseback in those beautiful Mother Lode Roundup chaps. Having the privilege of representing such a fantastic rodeo that has such a deep history and incredible posse has always been a dream of mine."

Kimberly M. Perez


Kimberly M. Perez, 24, of Copperopolis, is the daughter of Vicky Black and Emilio Perez, and the sister of Dustin Black, 35, Anthony Perez, 27, and Christopher Perez, 17.

She is a junior at California State University, Stanislaus, where she is active in the theater and biology club. Her sports interest is baseball. She also enjoys sewing, crocheting, drawing, playing softball and volleyball.

Her horse-related activities include equestrian drill, helping with brandings and going on trail rides. She was first runner up in competition for the title of 2012 Oakdale Rodeo Queen.

She said it would be an honor to become the 2013 Mother Lode Roundup Queen.

"The opportunity to represent the Sheriff's Posse and be a positive role model in my community and someone for young ladies to look up to would be something I take very seriously," she said. "When I think of the past queens that I have met, I think of the influence they have had on me. They have shown me that you can be both a lady and a cowgirl. I hope to be that same positive role model for others."

She said she is looking forward to getting to know the Sheriff's Posse and becoming part of their family.

"The chance to participate as a queen contestant for the Mother Lode Roundup will be a memorable and exciting ride," she said.