Sonora, CA — 2008 Sonora High School graduate Ariel Diggan is hopeful of serving as the 2009 Mother Lode Round Up Queen.
Ariel wanted to compete for Mother Lode Queen honors because, “I grew up around Mother Lode Round Up. I marched and rode in the parade. I’ve always wanted to be a part of the Posse Family.”
The most difficult part of the competition for Ariel has been the selling of the mandatory 300 tickets.
Ariel’s horse is five year old Junior (Dr. Tommy). She and Junior will compete in two reigning patterns, a flag run, a salute run and the barrel run.
Ariel is a June, 2008 Sonora High graduate. This June she will complete her ROP Cosmotology program.
Eventually she envisions specializing in livestock reproduction hoping to manage a breeding program at a large ranch some day.