Four young women will vie for the 2019 Mother Lode Roundup Queen crown.
The contestants were introduced at a Roundup Queen Kickoff event held at the Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Posse clubhouse.
Rogers is the 16-year-old daughter of Chris and Shasta Rogers and has an older sister, Karissa. She lives in Jamestown and is a junior at Sonora High School, where she maintains a 4.0 GPA, is a third-year varsity cheerleader and is involved in other clubs on campus.
Outside of school, Rogers has performed the National Anthem at rodeos, football games and the Columbia Fathers Day Fly-in. She also has volunteered at food drives and wraps presents for the Adopt a Family program during the holidays.
She rides her American quarter horse in competitions such as barrel racing, Western pleasure, and reining. Aside from horses, her hobbies include archery, photography, calligraphy, reading and Marvel movies.
Foster is the 16-year-old daughter of Shelly and Kurt Foster and has four brothers and one sister. She lives in Sonora with her family and is a sophomore at Summerville High School. At Summerville, Foster is involved with the trap and FFA clubs. Outside of school, she volunteers her time at Headwinds Horse Ranch at the Humane Society. Her plans after high school include going to college and going through a program to become a forest firefighter. Despite never having competed on a horse before, she has always been into ranching and moving cattle and loves being on the back of a horse. She has watched other members of her family be a part of the committee and looks forward to joining in.
Lopez is a 22-year-old resident of Jamestown. She is the youngest of four siblings and lives with her mother, Shelby Anderson. She graduated from Sonora High School and has attended some college. Lopez volunteers her time at Adventist Health Sonora working on the second and third floors, the Tuolumne County Humane Society, helped victims of the Rim Fire, and has donated homemade desserts to community Thanksgiving dinners and Casa Viejo Assisted Living Center. At Casa Viejo, she sang and helped residents with karaoke. She also sang the national anthem at Sonora High football games. Lopez has competed in other contests and was a state finalist in the National Junior Miss competition. Her future goals are forever changing, but she has narrowed it down to teaching, working with children and animals.
Gookin is the 19-year-old daughter of Pete and Lynn Gookin, of Columbia, and has an older sister, Alana. Gookin is a sixth-generation resident of Tuolumne County. She enjoys riding her American quarter horse, Taco, down the streets of Columbia State Park, the same streets on which her grandparents used to drive and operate a stagecoach. Currently, Gookin attends Columbia College where she is pursuing a degree in studio arts and maintains her position on the dean’s list. She also has been working at Twain Harte Veterinary Hospital for the past two years. Gookin has a passion for agriculture and preserving the western way of life and plans to continue her education and obtain a bachelor’s degree in either art or animal science. She raised and showed market lambs for eight years at the Mother Lode Fair and has a passion for painting Western objects.
The 62nd annual Queen Pageant will be held at 5 p.m. Sunday, May 5, at the Sonora Opera Hall. Rachelle Snitchler, the 2018 queen, will crown the winner, who will then ride in the Mother Lode Roundup Parade on May 11 and lead the rodeo Grand Entry on May 11 and 12.