2017 Potter Valley Rodeo Queen Contestant

Jodie Nelson

My name is Jodie Nelson and I am 17 years old. I am a Potter Valley native, and I am currently attending the Ukiah High Independent Study Academy, as a junior. I compete in the California State High School Rodeo Association in District 2 in the barrels, pole bending and breakaway events. I am a member of the Redwood Valley/Calpella 4-H Club, showing horses, beef cattle and goats. After graduating high school I plan to attend Butte College where I will enroll in the Cal Fire Academy, ultimately operating heavy equipment. Since I was a little girl, I have dreamed of competing and winning the Potter Valley Rodeo Queen title. It would be an honor to serve as the 2017 Queen, representing a community I love. I would like to thank my sponsors, family and friends for their support. I wish everyone a happy and safe Memorial Day weekend!

2016 Potter Valley Rodeo Queen

Julie Brown

Hello, my name is Julie Brown. I am 18 years old and I am the 2016 Potter Valley Rodeo Queen! I was born and raised in Potter Valley where I grew up on a cattle ranch, always on a horse. I am currently a senior at Ukiah High School where I am an active member of the Ukiah FFA Chapter and a team member of the Ukiah High girls’ varsity basketball team. In FFA I serve as President of the Ukiah chapter and representative on the Junior Livestock Committee. It was sad to see my last year in basketball come to an end, but we had a great season! I was voted the team captain and was able to help lead my team to many victories. For the past 12 years I have been a member of the Potter Valley 4-H Club where I have held many offices. This last year I served as the Potter Valley 4-H Club’s President and Junior Teen Leader of the beef project. In the beef project my younger sister and I have built BS Cattle, our own company. Together we breed and show cattle all across Northern California. I have grown up around horses and cattle and have been riding since I could walk. Being raised in an agricultural community has lead me to a career path. Next year I will be attending California State University, Chico where I will major in animal science, minoring in plant science. After graduating college I plan to become a live animal ultrasound technician and a certified pest control advisor (PCA).

Being the 2016 Potter Valley Rodeo Queen has been an amazing experience! I have learned so many life skills this past year that I will take with me as I grow and mature into an adult. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the people who made this year possible. Thank you to my parents, Don and Rhonda Brown, my family, Dell Turner and Danielle and Drina LaRose. I couldn’t have done it without these great people! I want to thank the Potter Valley Rodeo and this wonderful community I call home. I wish everyone a fun and safe Memorial Day Weekend!