A big thanks to all you rodeo fans for attending the 2023 Mother Lode Rodeo and Happy Mother’s Day to all the amazing Mothers out there. We are honored to have you share your weekend with us. On behalf of the Sheriff’s Posse I would like to thank the many sponsors and local business that continue to support this great tradition that has continued for over 60 years. Also Thank you to the County of Tuolumne and the Board of Supervisors and the City of Sonora for their support and dedication to this historical event.
It has been my honor to have served as Captain for this fine group of men and women this past year. I would personally like to thank all the men and women of the Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Posse that volunteer their valuable time and energy to help create this wonderful event each year. Your many hours of hard work and dedication are what make this event happen. You are truly appreciated.
The Mother Lode Round Up represents a long history of ranching and family history in Tuolumne County. The true Western spirit lives right here in Sonora, California at the Mother Lode Round Up and provides a truly exciting rodeo experience for all ages. It is our wish that you have a great time watching top cowboys, cowgirls, and livestock from all over the country perform at their best.
I would like to say thanks to my family. My little brothers, Scott and David, and my big sister Debbie who is still not the boss of me, Fathers Bill, Doug and Richard Pender, To the wonderful Moms in my life, Suzan, my wife, Edna, Connie, Sally, and Janet, I wish you a very special Happy Mother’s Day. Also, to my son Bryant Pender who is the best son a dad could ever have and his lovely wife Shelby.
The Sheriff’s Posse with the support of family, friends, and many volunteers have worked diligently to bring you a great traditional rodeo so strap your boots on, chinch up those belts, grab a drink and enjoy the show.
Captain Van Pender