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Bulletm, Record, Progresswe, Reporter WeOnesday, June zS, 2014 ~U Samantha P. Hawthorne Staff Writer i Sierra McMaster, a '16-year-old senior at Quincy . Junior-Senior High School, :is one of two contestants running for Indian Valley Riding and Roping Club's 2014 Silver Buckle Rodeo queen crown. ' She has been attending Quincy High since the seventh grade and was born and raised in Plumas :County. "I couldn't ask for a :better place to grow up," she declared during her contestant speech June 21. She has been riding horses since she was 6 years old -- some more difficult than :others, but most "a joy to ride," she said. She said her parents Teri Day and :longtime boyfriend Ben Elledge, as well as her i biological dad Darrell McMaster, have all supported her through "this amazing journey," which ultimately led to her participation in the rodeo queen competition. McMaster started taking classes at Feather River College when she was 9 years old. She said she learned new techniques and skills with every class she took. Three years ago, however, she had to discontinue her classes at FRC "because life got so hectic." She attributed much of her success to FRC instructor Chuck Mills, and the students that helped her during her time at the college. " ......... Recalling he ,fi gFtlm ,t riding a stallion, she said, I was so scared -- he was the definition of a push-button horse." The horse's name was Smarty, and he was owned by Mills. "One time, Chuck was messing with me and said if my spur ever touched Smarty I would be on the ground. So me, being only 11 years old at the time, sat there looking like an idiot with my feet spread far apart, trying to get this horse to move. I sat there for a long time and only got one step out of him. A year later, I had to ride Smarty for my college final, but by that time my confidence and skill had improved, and I felt like I was 'riding like Chuck.' We passed that final with flying colors." McMaster said she got her ,~wn horse not long after she : :ode Smarty. Her horse had ' elonged to Jamie Masserilli also a teacher at FRC. "His ihame is Tom, and he is the ihorse I am sitting on now," ! he said during her speech. ily Quincy senior Sierra McMaster competes for Indian Valley Riding and Roping Club's 2014 Silver Buckle Rodeo Queen crown June 21. Photo by Samantha P. Hawthorne "When I first got him he was was a young girl attending very green broken. After a rodeo events she told her month of me riding him, he mom, "I want to be just like gave me a severe concussion that big girl on the pony with that would have killed me on a crown on." She said being impact if I were not wearing crowned queen would fulfill a helmet. We have come a that dream. "I will work my long way since that day, and har'des f inake a positive I couldn't be more proud of impact in this club." the things we learned and She said as Dude accomplished together.", McMaster's granddaughter Now five years later, she for years she has lived in his and Tom are running for shadow. She said she is 2014 Silver Buckle Rodeo constantly asked, "Oh, you queen. "Representing the are Dude McMaster's Indian Valley Riding and granddaughter?" Roping Club would be an "Although I wouldn't be amazing honor and where I am today without my experience," she said. grandfather's love and McMaster is a very active support, I would like to member of the community, create my own stellar She has been a cheerleader reputation, and also be for the past two years, and as known as a hard-working, of this year, is one of two dedicated individual." varsity senior cheerleaders. She concluded her speech She is also vice president of by saying, "I know we can the Feather River 4-H Club, only live our teenage years and a member of its horse once, and I would be honored project. She has already to spend my time started her senior project, representing the Indian which is a gymkhana series Valley Riding and Roping that will take place in Club as its 2014 Silver Buckle September. She is currently Rodeo queen." planning a 4-H and Future She also thanked her Farmers of America dance family, friends and sponsors for the Plumas-Sierra County for the help they provided in Fair. making her dream a reality. "I feel like I am a good role She gave a special thanks to model for not just younger rodeo queen coordinator people, but adults as well," Suzie Greene for "all her she said. She said when she help and advice." t ueen Jensen communl les Samantha P. Hawthorne Staff Writer , Lindsey Jensen, a senior attending Quincy Junior-Senior High School for the first time next year celebrated her 18th birthday June 21 by vying for Indian Valley Riding and Roping Club's 2014 Silver Buckle Rodeo queen crown. Jensen has lived in Quincy was nearly 18 years, attending Plumas Christian School for 12 of those years. Through the Christian school, she was provided opportunities to visit Washington, DC, Hawaii and Los Angeles. "These experiences have given me memories and friends I will never forget." With the closure of the school's higher education programs, Jensen said she is starting a new chapter in her life by attending Quincy High for the first time. Jensen is very active in the local 4-H club, and has participated in every large animal project available; except for sheep. This year will be her fifth in the 4-H horse project, and first in the market steer project. She has won multiple awards through her 4-H projects, some including first place in senior large animal round robin, medalist state record book judging and horse mastership high point. "These awards are more than a pin in my hat or a notch in my belt -- they motivate me to try my hardest and be the best in everything I do," she said. Outside of4-H, Jensen is also active within the community. Some of her more recent activities include her work during the "Mother of All Workdays" at the fairgrounds; judging market swine for showmanship at the county picnic; and volunteering at the fairgrounds during the recent wildfire evacuation exercise. She said the community project that she is most proud of is the Starlight Project, when her 4-H horse group decided to adopt an orphaned and neglected filly. "We are responsible for all of her care and are in the process of getting her under saddle. We plan to get her trained and find her a forever home. "In the process of caring for her, we are educating the public about the very real problem of neglected and abandoned horses and what options are available if owners find themselves in the position of not being able Quincy student Lindsey Jensen celebrates her 18th birthday June 21 by competing for Indian Valley Riding and Roping Club's 2014 Silver Buckle Rodeo Queen crown. Photo by Samantha P. Hawthorne to provide for their horse."time and hard work that The filly has made makes all of these events appearances at county possible. I want to represent picnics and children's fairs, everyone who works in the Jensen said she and her public eye, and those who horse have had minimal work behind the scenes. I experience in gymkhana, and would also love to represent none in rodeo. "He and I have (the club's) talented, enjoyed what we have done hardworking kids. together, but roping is "I believe I can be a good another story." role model and a positive She said being rodeo queen influence, and I will strive to would give her and her horse represent the IVRRC to the the chance to learn a whole best of my abilities. I would new set of skills. "This also consider it an honor to will give me the chance to get represent the club as Silver out of my comfort zone, but Buckle Rodeo queen, or more than that, the kids in princess. this club have accomplished "Someone once said, 'It's great things and I want to be not how many times you fall a part of that. off that counts ... what "I want to thank all of you matters is that you climb (within the club), for your back on.'" 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