SVPP Rodeo

The Scott Valley Pleasure Park Rodeo Association holds a close place in my heart. I grew up greatly anticipating the next rodeo or Playday and BBQ event. As an adult, I served on the rodeo board on and off for 26 years between 1982 and 2008 and even served as secretary to a few Old Time Rodeos on hot July evenings. Writing news articles and doing publicity for the rodeo events was my forte and I become the “unofficial historian” as the previous unofficial historian  Elma Selby handed me the moniker after she wrote the early-years’ history.

There is much that needs to be written here, but I have been busy with trying to protect our property, water, individual and gun rights the last few years. So below is a starting point and may trigger a few fond memories for those who have competed, participated or enjoyed the traditional events.

The Pleasure Park Rodeo was haphazardly organized in May 1947 and was such a success with the community that local ranchers organized as a non-profit 501 c7 and became officially the Pleasure Park Association in 1948. Rodeo, parades team roping and horse activities have been going strong ever since!

Etna Rodeo Parade Grand Marshals

In the early 1970s, Gail Jenner began writing publicity for the Rodeo board and suggested honoring an individual for the Rodeo Parade. Thus the Grand Marshal award began.

1974 – Jack Jenner, Sr. – Island Rd

1975 – Bill Smith – Etna

1976 – Francis Smith – Etna

1977 – Bill Miles – Etna

1978 – Ed Corrigan – Etna

1979 – Lee Young – Etna

1980 – Gleason Balfrey – Etna

1981 – Ken Dowling – Eastside Rd.

1982 – Bill Martin – Yreka

1983 – Hearst Dillman – Etna

1984 – Jack Timmons – Etna

1985 – Gene & Elma Selby – Mugginsville Quartz Valley

1986 – Frank Bryan and brother Al Bryan – Eastside Rd and Yreka

1987 – Glenn Barnes – Fay Lane

1988 – Bert Davis – French Creek

1989 – Bill George – Fort Jones

1990 – Pinki Bill Mathews, Etna

1991 – Bob Axton Sr. – Etna

1992 – Charley Dillman – Etna

1993 – Bud Simas – Etna

1994 – Jewel Smith – Fort Jones

1995 – Frank and Ellen Hayden – Callahan

1996 – Bob Banning – Fort Jones

1997 – 50 year anniversary: Jim Johnson, Skip Hanna and Tony Hanna

1998 – Don Dowling Eastside Rd.

1999 – George Edwards – Eastside Rd

2000 – Curtis Peters – Yreka

2001 – Manuel Rais – Etna

2002 – Wayne Morris – Fort Jones

2003 – Ben Tozier – Fort Jones

2004 – Mike Bryan – Eastside Rd

2005 – Vernon VanSickle – French Creek

2006 – Cindy and Vernon Smith – Etna

2007 – Jack Jenner, Jr. – Island Rd.

2008 – Dave Bradford – Etna

2009 – Jack and Carolyn Pimentel – Etna

2010 -Ken McCutcheon – Etna

2011 – Butch Jones, Montague

2012 – Bernard Dowling, Eastside Rd.

2013 – Rodeo Stock Contractor John Growney

2014 – Clyde Hammond

2015 – George Poe – Etna/Callahan

2016 – Karin Newton – Fort Jones

2017 – Jim Hendricks – Etna

Scott Valley Pleasure Park Rodeo Queens

In 1958, George “Dad” Dillman was finally able to get a Jr. Pleasure Park organized for the teenagers, by implementing a Rodeo Queen Contest and horse drill team. He had tried several time, but this time his grandchildren were teens and enthusiastic.

Both activities for the youth proved successful over the years. Swings of popularity has rode like a roller coaster of ups and downs. But in 2012, both the Queen Contest was held and Emily Skinner is leading the drill team. Many youth have improved their horsemanship skills by participating during the last 50 years. And even more importantly there has been loads of fun and lots of memories made.

I will include their married name, if I know it or can remember it — just for fun. A few of our Queens still live in Siskiyou County or nearby.

1958 – Jan Birdwell Ball – Fort Jones

1959 – Lorena Dillman Norris – Etna

1960 – Melanie Dudley Fowle – Callahan

1961 – Rusty Martin – Etna

1962 – Sue Dillman Campos – Etna

1963 – Marsha Keys – Fort Jones

1964 – Ruth Mathews – Etna

1965 – Sue Fowler – Etna

1966 – Karin Piersall Newton – Fort Jones

1967 – Patty Barnes – Etna

1968 – Vonita Hicks Bishop – Etna

1969 -Marchelle Corrigan

1970 – Sherry Glendenning – Fort Jones

1971 – Sue McNames – Etna

1972 – Kim Wilson Stacher – Etna

1973 – Liz Dillman Bowen – Etna

1974 – Pam Tozier Hayden – Fort Jones

1975 – Nancy Heide Carver – Fort Jones

1976 – Barrie Hurlimann – Etna

1977 – Renee Johnson – Greenview

1978 – Ruth Coe – Quartz Valley

1979 – Sharon Schisler Erickson – Fort Jones

1980 – Valerie Johnson – Greenivew

1981 – Clara Landi Johnson – Fort Jones

1982 – Maureen Miller Thomas – Etna

1983 – Joni Webster – Quartz Valley

1984 – Darsie Smiley – Quartz Valley

1985 – Jennifer Golden – Etna

1986 – Beth Brazil – Fort Jones

1987 – Marianne Miller – Etna

1988 – Debbie Smiley – Quartz Valley

1989 – Michelle Hammond Branson – Etna

1990 – Jennifer Wright – Weed

1991 – Cory Jones Krueger – Etna

1992 – Kelley McGuire – Etna

1993 – Jaclyn Pimentel – Etna

1994 – Brooks O’Connor – Salmon River

1995 – Ella Hayden – Quartz Valley

1996 – Kelli Halvorseth – Callahan

1997 – Kelli Nash – Greenview

1998 – Tara Mortenson – Greenview

1999 – Sandy Daws Hogge – Fort Jones

2000 – Anne Thamer – Callahan

2001 – Nickey Autry – Quartz Valley

2002 – Theo Dowling Johnson – Etna

2003 – Shawnee Gowan, Greenview

2004 – Lauren Grassman – Fort Jones

2005 – Brittany Gilbert – Etna

2006 – Lacy Hanna – Etna

2007 – Christy Carter – Etna

2008 – Nichole Luiz – Fort Jones

2009 – Abby Travis – Fort Jones

2010 – Tessa Burrone – Fort Jones

2011 – Cricket Postma – Etna

2012 – Kelly Carter – Etna

2013 – Kay’lena Hayes – Yreka

2014 – Allison Arasmite – Yreka

2015 – Jaime Corley – Etna

 

2012 SVPP Rodeo Queen Kelly Carter

Queen Kelly Carter was crowned by 2011 SVPP Rodeo Queen Cricket Postma (right).

By Liz Bowen

ETNA – A junior from Etna High School will serve as royalty for the 2012 Scott Valley Pleasure Park Rodeos. Kelly Carter recently won the title of Rodeo Queen and was crowned by the 2011 Pleasure Park Rodeo Queen Cricket Postma. As queen, Kelly received a silver and copper buckle, a bouquet of flowers and $150 cash award. She is the daughter of Cheryl Carter of Etna.

Queen Kelly will ride in the Etna Rodeo Parade this Sunday, May 6 and then will welcome the rodeo crowd during the Grand Entry of the 65th Annual Pleasure Park Rodeo at 1:30 p.m. at the Etna arena.

Kelly is active in agricultural activities and has served for two years as secretary-treasurer of the Siskiyou Golden Fair’s Junior Fair Board.

This spring, she competed as president of the fast-paced Advanced Parly-Pro FFA Team in competitions and on the Etna FFA Soil Judging Team. She also competed in the Lions Club’s Speech Contest and is secretary of the Fort Jones Leo Club, a youth group sponsored by the Lions Club.

In her spare time, Kelly plays on the Etna Tennis Team and has performed as a pianist in local variety shows and fundraisers.

Kelly has already decided she will study agricultural systems management and is hoping to attend Cal Poly San Luis Obispo after high school graduation.

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