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Four young ladies will travel to Salinas in July with the hope of taking home the title of Miss California Rodeo Salinas 2014. The competition will start on Wednesday July 16th and the winner will be named during the opening performance of the 104th California Rodeo Salinas on Thursday July 17th at 6pm. She will represent the California Rodeo Salinas for an entire year, traveling to parades, rodeos and other events. The contestants are Jordenne Burns-Miss Sacramento Horsemen’s Association, Kayli Gobeli- Miss Clovis Rodeo, Jynel Gularte- Miss Monterey National Horse Show and Emilie Montoya- Miss Rowell Ranch Rodeo.

The competition will consist of horsemanship, personality, appearance and scholastics. The contest winner will receive the title of Miss California Rodeo Salinas 2014 along with a $2,500 cash scholarship, gold and silver trophy belt buckle, a gold and silver tiara, the use of a two-horse trailer for one year and many other lovely gifts. The contest is sponsored by the Laurel Inn Motel & Conference Center.
On Thursday July 17th, Miss California Rodeo Salinas 2013, Grace Tobias, and the current Rodeo President, Daryl Whitcher, will present the new Miss California Rodeo Salinas 2014 with her title on the track after the Grand Entry and just before the Rodeo starts.

2014 Contestant Bios

Jordenne Burns

Miss Sacramento Horsemen’s Association, Jordenne Burns is the 21 year-old daughter of Manuel Burns and Nancy Stoll of Placerville. Jordenne is continuing her education at Folsom Lake College and plans to transfer to a state college to pursue a degree in business. She hopes to work in the western fashion world. When she is not out with her horses, she enjoys yoga, gardening, cooking, working out and designing her own clothes. In high school Jordenne served as High School Ambassador, a group that tackled diversity and bullying in schools. While an active member of the cheerleading squad and track team, she also competed in High School Rodeo for three years in barrel racing and pole bending. As a member of FFA Jordenne raised market hogs and managed the floral program. She has also competed in AQHA, APHA, PtHA and CSHA horse show circuits. In 2009 Jordenne was honored to receive an Outstanding Achievement Award from CSHA. She hopes to bring rodeo to the forefront of everything she is involved in and create a positive atmosphere for everyone.

Kayli Gobeli

Kayli Gobeli is representing her home town as Miss Clovis Rodeo. The 20 year-old daughter of David and Lori Gobeli is a graduate of Clovis West High School and currently attends California State University Fresno where she is studying animal science. Kayli’s goal is to become a large animal veterinarian. She has interned with a local veterinarian and in the fall will continue her work as a veterinary technician. She enjoys assisting with general animal care and emergencies, and says it only “fuels her desire to continue in the field.” While very active in high school activities, she participated in cheerleading, pole vaulting and the athletic leadership committee. Kayli graduated with lifetime honors from the California Scholarship Federation and membership in the National Honors Society. Since riding and competing in horse shows began at a young age, Kayli was a member of 4-H and FFA organizations. While representing Clovis FFA she competed on the Agricultural Debate Team. Kayli loves traveling the state of California representing the sport of rodeo and her agricultural community.

Jynel Gularte

Jynel Gularte is the 20 year-old daughter of Wayne and Doris Gularte of Salinas and enters as Miss Monterey National Horse Show. Jynel currently attends Cal Poly San Luis Obispo where she is working towards a degree in Agricultural Business with a minor in meat science and processing. She has earned a spot on the Cal Poly Dean of Agriculture’s Honors List, the President’s List and currently has one of the top ten GPAs in the Agribusiness department. Away from the classroom you will find Jynel working on her reining skills, learning more about horses and rodeo, and deeply involved in participating in the many events and clubs of her college major. A graduate of Notre Dame High School, she competed in varsity water polo and swimming and was a member of the National Honor Society, the Buena Vista Grange, the Monterey County Swiss American Club and the Buena Vista 4-H Club, where she developed a passion for raising livestock. Agriculture has always been a part of her life and will continue to be in the future.

Emilie Montoya

From Pacifica, the 21 year-old daughter of Mike and Dorie Montoya, Emilie Montoya enters as Miss Rowell Ranch Rodeo. She is currently a full time student at the College of San Mateo and Santa Rosa Junior College. Emilie has recently been accepted to Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo for the fall quarter where she plans to earn a degree in Animal Science and continue on to a Master’s in Equine and Bovine Nutrition. Her goal is to become a large animal nutritionist. In addition to her passion for horses, Emilie also shares a passion for agriculture. She was an Independent Showman in FFA and was very successful in the beef and swine show rings at the San Mateo County Fair. In her spare time she enjoys hunting, swimming, camping, fishing and welding. Emilie has been riding since she was four years old. She has ridden and showed Quarter Horses, Appaloosas and Arabians in a variety of disciplines on the local and state level. Emilie believes in the western lifestyle and sees rodeo as the core of that lifestyle.

About the California Rodeo Salinas

The California Rodeo Salinas will take place July 17-20, 2014. The California Rodeo Association is a not-for-profit organization that strives to preserve and promote the traditions of the California Rodeo Salinas and the West. We support the community and other non-profit organizations through the staging of the annual California Rodeo Salinas and other year round operations of the Salinas Sports Complex. Through donation of our facility, vending and fundraising opportunities during Rodeo and other events, the California Rodeo Association returns almost $300,000 annually to local non-profits. For more information about the California Rodeo Salinas, log on to www.CARodeo.com or call the California Rodeo Office at 831-775.3100. ‘Like’ the California Rodeo on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CARodeoSalinas or follow us on twitter @CaliforniaRodeo for updates, photos and more.

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