Coarsegold rodeo queen hopefuls compete for crown

April 29, 2014 

Contenders vying for the 2014 Coarsegold Rodeo royalty court are as follows:

Queen contestants

Chloe Ferguson,17, is the daughter of Jonathan Ferguson. She's a Minarets junior, where she majors in Agriculture, is a member of the FFA, and Minarets Equestrian Team.

A few of her accomplishments include Madera County Fair Outstanding FFA Horse Exhibitor 3 years, Madera County Fair Outstanding 4-H Horse Exhibitor 4 years, California State 4-H Buckle Winner Hi Point English, Western, Gymkhana and California State 4-H Outstanding Horse Exhibitor.

Ferguson was a honor student every year at Rivergold Elementary, and at Minarets.

"I am most proud of representing Coarsegold as I competed and won the California State 4 H Horse Best in Show Buckle. In horse competitions it has given me the greatest sense of accomplishment yet. However, my biggest accomplishment has to be the pride I take in my family. Without all of their support and love, my life would be very different and for me this is truly an accomplishment to be proud of."

Future goals are to obtain her undergrad degree from Fresno State, while competing on their equestrian team. From Fresno State, she will continue on towards her doctorate in equine medicine at UC Davis.

"My dream is to have a clinic here in Coarsegold, my home town, and working and volunteering my time at the local schools to help new young minds achieve their dreams.

Her ultimate goal is to be able to work and raise a family in Coarsegold.

Chelsey Shockley, 17, is the daughter of Randy and Rhonda Shockley. A senior at Minarets, she is involved in the Leadership, Floral Design, and Spirit Services clubs.

Her accomplishments are president of Leadership and Activities, president of Spirit Services, and she is responsible for coordinating school dances and rallies.

Hobbies are wedding decorating, riding horses, baking, running, graphic design, and volunteering (annual mission trips, county food banks, children's church ministry).

Shockley's future goals are attending a Junior college to complete her general education and then transferring to a university to obtain a degree in interior design, and event planning.

Katie McDougald, 17, is the daughter of Ned and Cherie McDougald. She is a senior at Minarets and belongs to the O'Neals Minarets FFA, National Rifle Association, American Quarter Horse Youth Association, and West Coast Barrel Association.

Her accomplishments include Miss Coarsegold Rodeo Princess 2012, Minarets FFA Executive Committee Member 2010-2014, CA State FFA Natural Resource State Champion 2014.

Hobbies are Barrel Racing, showing horses in ranch and reining classes, and working cattle on her family's cattle ranch.

McDougald plans on attending Fresno State or Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo to major in Animal Science and compete in college rodeo.

Tylar Pattie, 21, is the daughter of Dawn Vizzolini. A senior at Fresno State University in Fresno, Pattie is majoring in Animal Science: Livestock Business Management Option.

She is a member of the Fresno State Agriculture and Red Wave Livestock Show.

Pattie's accomplishments include FCC All Star Cheer Camp award (2009), Varsity Competitive Cheer all four years of high school, and Customer Service Award at Concept Consulting (2010).

Her hobbies are horseback riding, photography, crocheting, and reading.

Pattie's future goals are owning and managing her own equine breeding operation, and having the honor of representing the 2014 Coarsegold Rodeo as queen.

Princess contestants

Samantha Moser, 16, is the daughter of Laura Moser and a 10th grader at Clovis East High School. She is a member of the FFA and has won several first and second awards in local horse shows competing in western pleasure, horsemanship, English equitation and hunters.

Her hobbies include showing horses, jumping and working cattle.

Moser plans on becoming a horse trainer or a veterinarian.

Madison Pearson, 15, is the daughter of Jon and Kristie Pearson. A sophomore at Minarets, she belongs to Minarets FFA, Spring Valley 4-H, NRA, CSHA, and the Minarets basketball team.

Her accomplishments include region 15 CSHA High point — Round Robin, D' Alunzalo Open high point Buckle, 4-H Classic green horsebuckle /Madera fair. Pearson's hobbies are riding and showing horses, playing basketball, and showing swine at the fair.

Pearson's goals are qualifying for the state with her horse, and representing Minarets by winning the buckle at state; also winning Coarsegold Rodeo princess.

Alexis H. Soulis, 13, is the daughter of Stacy and Maurice Soulis. An eighth-grader at Rivergold Elementary, she is involved in Rebellion Youth Ministry and enjoys riding horses, hanging with best friend Anastasia, soccer, and tanning.

She was the third runner up in the little princess competition, is an honor roll student, is very athletic and babysits.

Soulis would like to be a lawyer or detective.

Lauryn Martin, 14, is the daughter of Sonja and Dwayne Martin. She is a ninth-grader at Minarets, and is involved in FFA, Minarets Equine team, AQHA, and WKRP.

She enjoys riding horses, dirt bikes, hunting and four-wheeling, and was the 2010 Coarsegold Rodeo Little Princess, Outstanding Sentinel for FFA, and earned her green-hand degree.

Martin's goals include winning high point at WKRP, becoming competitive in reining, and attending a top-ranked veterinarian program.

Jordan Lynn Miles, 15, is the daughter of Barry and Stacy Miles. A 10th grader at Minarets, she belongs to FFA, Minarets Equestrian team, FFA horse judging team, Madera County Cattle Women, and Merced Horseman's Association.

Miles was the 2013-2014 High Point Gymkhana, 2009 Horse Judging State Champion, 2008 All-around Horse and Rider, and 2007 Coarsegold Rodeo Little Princess.

Her hobbies include anything to do with horseback riding, hunting, fishing, showing horses, beef, sheep, dogs, barrel racing, rodeos, shooting guns and archery, and helping out her father and grandfather on the ranch.

Miles future goals becoming Coarsegold Rodeo Princess and ultimately Queen, to become a famous barrel racer and to train horses.

Signe Lundstrom, 15, is the daughter of Danise Lundstrom. A 10th-grader at Central West High School, she belongs to Fresno-Central FFA and C&C Performance Horses.

Accomplishments include 2011 Coarsegold Rodeo Little Princess, winning nine buckles, four of which for a horse she raised, broke and trained herself, winning High Point All Around at the San Joaquin Paint Horse Club Show at Rancho Murrietta, winning Circuit Champion in Western Pleasure at the Pinto World show of 2013 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, winning a buckle at Chowchilla Stampede Gymkhana in 2013, and winning Champion for her market lamb in FFA 2012. Lundstrom is also very proud of her GPA of 3.63.

Kayleen Nelson, 13, is the daughter of Katrina and Talon Nelson. She is an honor roll student at Coarsegold Elementary, and is a member of APHA, an eight-year member in 4-H, a member of Shake the Floor Dance Crew, and dances with Community Dance and Theater. Nelson is also on the Coarsegold girls soccer team and a volunteer at the Lone Oaks Horse Rescue.

Accomplishments include Level 4 at the 4-H Horse Expo, Level 4 with rabbit and Level 2 with dog at the 4-H Small Animal Expo, winner of many first place ribbons in western pleasure, equitation and gymkhana. She has written and illustrated five books, and started her own small business in 2012, "Rock Creek Crafts." In her first month, she raised enough money to adopt her horse Splash from the horse rescue organization.

Nelson's hobbies include softball, volleyball, soccer, hiking, fishing, archery, hunting, 4-wheeling, dirt bike riding, singing, dancing, playing guitar, writing stories, training horses, trail riding, gymkhana, and reining with her horse Pistol.

Her future goals are to graduate from Minarets with straight As and from there to attend Texas A&M, studying Veterinary Science. Nelson plans on becoming an Equine Veterinarian and opening her own horse rescue. She would also like to have her poems and books published.

Little Princess contestants

Maegen Redman, 11, is the daughter of Mike and Ashley Redman. She is a sixth-grader at Spring Valley.

Monica Christopher, 11, is the daughter of Brooke Christopher. She is a sixth-grader at Chawanakee Academy.

Kai Lani Wilson, 9, is the daughter of Amy Wilson. She is a third-grader at Garfield Elementary.

Kathie Linderholm, 12, is the daughter of Kimberly and Donny Linderholm. She is a seventh-grader at Coarsegold Elementary.

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