Captain’s Letter – Steve Oliveira
Welcome to the 61st Mother Lode Round Up!!! I’m so glad that you have decided to join us for what is arguably the best weekend in the Mother Lode. Whether you are visiting from out of town and enjoying all of the beautiful sights that Tuolumne County has to offer or looking forward to reconnecting with friends and acquaintances that you may not have seen since last year’s Round Up, you are in for an exciting time. A friend of mine recently described his experience at the Round Up as “a true slice of Americana.” I could have not said it any better myself. With our Queen contest, Calcutta, Parade and Rodeo, you and your families will experience the true American Spirit that still lives in the Mother Lode.
Please know that all of the men and women that you see in those red shirts as part of the Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Posse, have a hand in making this event happen. If you’d like, take the time to come up and say howdy, tell them thanks and let us know what brought you to join us this weekend.
I truly hope that you enjoy your time at the Round Up. I especially hope that you enjoy my favorite part, the Rodeo. Our Rodeo features top professional cowboys and cowgirls from around the globe competing in the only professional sport that originated from a working profession. (Cattle Ranching)
A special thanks to the County of Tuolumne, the City of Sonora and our many sponsors who so generously contribute year after to make the Mother Lode Round Up happen.
Happy Mother’s Day to all of the Moms out there. You are all such an important part of the tradition that makes the Mother Lode Round Up live on year after year.
Steve Oliveira, Captain
Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Posse
Coy Huffman and Jody Carper – Professional rodeo announcers play a major role in connecting the audience to the action. It takes a unique individual to acquaint the fans with the cowboys, the stock and rodeo itself. Coy Huffman has just the right touch to excite and to get you involved.
Coy has worked all phases of rodeo from behind the chutes to out in front earning a “Gold Card” (lifetime membership) in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association.
A few years ago Coy began to pursue his life long vision of being a pro-rodeo announcer. Facing many challenges in a highly competitive field, Coy worked the rodeo labor list as chute boss at Cheyenne, Salinas, Dodge City, Colorado Springs, the Cow Palace and Sonora. He took advantage of opportunities to announce or emcee autograph parties, Exceptional Rodeo, high school rodeos and other events.