Fundraiser for years activities

Queen Rachale Zuhlke, left, with Princess Shelby Brinkley.Tickets are now on sale for the Feb. 15, coronation of the 2014 Jefferson County Fair and Rodeo Court – Queen Rachale Zuhlke and Princess Shelby Brinkley.

The coronation event is their main fundraiser for the year, said court advisor Tanya Cloutier. “We would really like to encourage people of the community to come and support these young ladies as they will be traveling the beautiful state of Oregon all year promoting Jefferson County and its residents,” she added.

The evening at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds begins at 6 p.m., featuring a dinner, no-host bar, live and silent auctions, a dessert dash, and the hilarious Mr. Jefferson County contest. Tickets, at $12 per person, can be purchased by contacting Cloutier at 541-475-4462.

Queen Rachale Zuhlke

Rachale Zuhlke said she has lived a blessed life to have been raised by a Central Oregon family that has always strived to implement the strong morals and values of the Western way of life.

From a young age she has had the opportunity to pursue her passion for horses and the great American sport on dirt. She started off in horse 4-H and Rodeo and Equestrian team all four years of her high school career.

While pursuing her equine ambitions, she was also an active member of the local FFA Chapter and other various clubs her high school had to offer, and she had the honor of serving her community as Miss Crook County in 2009.

It was after that experience that she discovered her love of pageantry. She then chose to take her love for rodeo and tie the two together. Serving Wheeler County as the 2012 Spray Rodeo Queen was an unforgettable and moving experience that gave her the drive to aspire to fill a position on the 2014 Jefferson County Fair and Rodeo Court.

Princess Shelby Brinkley

Shelby Brinkley is the fourth generation of her family proud to call the high desert of Central Oregon home. As a 15-year-old homeschooled student, she is currently attending Baker Web Academy and will be starting early college at COCC in the spring.

She is actively involved in giving back to her community as a student health care volunteer, working with memory care residents at a local retirement community. She also volunteers with The Bloom Project, making flower arrangements for the area’s hospice patients. Both of these experiences have helped confirm her career goal of becoming a registered nurse.

She has long had a strong interest in animals and agriculture, which supports her active memberships in both 4-H and FFA. Her deep passion for working with and competing on horses is also reflected through her memberships in OHSET and OBRA.

She lives with her dad Joseph and mom Wendy in Bend, where they have a small farm that is home to her three quarter horses, three goats, swine projects and two dogs.

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