Rowell Rodeo Announces This Year's Rodeo Queen, Jordenne Burns, 19, of Placerville
By Sidney Simpson, Patch.com, Apr. 10, 2012
Castro Valley celebrates its old-west roots with an annual Chili Cook-Off and a downtown Rodeo Parade. But one of the first steps to kick off the Rowell Rodeo season is the choosing of this year's Rodeo Queen.
On a stormy, blustery, cold day, Rowell Ranch Rodeo kicked off its annual festivities at Apple Creek Farms on Crow Canyon with its traditional rodeo queen contest.
There were four contestants, every one of them a beauty and a talented horsewoman.
Each contestant was evaluated on her poise, riding ability, knowledge of the Rowell Rodeo history, and ability to speak extemporaneously.
The evening of the contest, at the annual queen’s banquet and dance, the winner was announced. This year’s queen, Jordenne Burns, 19, lives in Placerville. She is currently a student at Folsom Lake College pursuing a degree in business and obtaining a career in the world of western fashion.
Horses have always been a part of life for Jordenne, who has competed in Western Pleasure and Reining. As a member of California High School Rodeo Association (CHSRA) she also competed in pole bending and barrel racing (two popular western gymkana speed events).