Rodeo queen, princess crowned

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Ashley Johnson (left) was crowned Miss Lake County Rodeo Princess 2008 and Stormie Shores (right) was crowned Miss Lake County Rodeo Queen 2008. Courtesy photo.
 

 



LAKEPORT – Stormie Shores was crowned the 2008 Miss Lake County Rodeo Queen on Friday night, July 11, at the Lake County Rodeo.


Stormie is a freshmen at Kelseyville High School, is the vice president in the Clear Lake Junior Horsemen and raises market lambs in 4-H for the Lake County Fair. In her spare time, she enjoys trail riding, barrel racing and raises Tennessee Faining Goats.


Stormie was accompanied by the 2008 Miss Lake County Rodeo Princess, Ashley Johnson who is a sophomore at Kelseyville High School and is also a member of the Clear Lake Junior Horsemen, rides on the Junior Drill Team and also raises market lambs for fair.


Shea Odom was crowned Miss Congeniality and is a resident of Lakeport. Shea enjoys trail riding and raises turkeys and market goats for the Lake County Fair.


Two weeks before the rodeo, these three girls competed in a competition, which included a written test, speech, modeling, interview and completed a riding pattern. The competition was judged by Elise Thomas from Mendocino, Maureene Moore from Willits and Suzie Wiloth from Lower Lake.


Miss Lake County Rodeo Queen Stormie Shores was awarded an engraved saddle, breast collar, saddle blanket, an embroidered jacket, an engraved tiara and belt buckle, flowers, leather sash, teeth whitening gift certificate from Dr. Keith Long, DDS, a lifetime Lake County Rodeo access pass, and also received a stamped halter for winning the horsemanship portion of the competition in addition to her other high scores.


Miss Lake County Rodeo Princess Ashley Johnson was awarded an engraved breast collar, saddle blanket, an embroidered jacket, a tiara, sash, and was also awarded a $50 gift certificate to CJS ranch supply for selling the most raffle tickets during the competition.


To make the competition a fun and equal-opportunity event, the girls running for rodeo queen and princess are given the option of attending "rodeo queen clinic classes" which include meetings on makeup, hairstyles and clothing, as well as classes to practice their speeches and riding patterns together.


The 2009 Lake County Rodeo Queen and Princess competition opens April 1. The Lake County Rodeo Association is looking for "horsey" girls between the ages of 12 and 14 and 14 and 21 within Lake and the surrounding counties who are interested in promoting the Lake County Rodeo as its queen or princess.


If you are interested in running, please contact Melissa Fulton at 263-1845 or Sierra Shores at 245-7005.


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