Tuolumne County Sheriff & President

David Vasquez - Sheriff
David Vasquez - Sheriff

Mother’s Day Weekend is upon us and it feels like Spring. This is a time to celebrate new beginnings and our rich history. Every year our community comes together for this time-honored tradition of the Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Posse’s Mother Lode Round-Up, in Historic Tuolumne County.
The Mother Lode Round-Up kicks off with the Round-Up parade followed by two days of rodeo events from, mutton busting to bull riding and everything in between. This is an exciting weekend the whole family can saddle up for, a true Tuolumne County tradition!
There is no greater feeling than the opening ceremony when Old Glory is thundering through the arena and our community stands together, united, to honor our American tradition of freedom and liberty. From the first note to the last note of our National Anthem, I am constantly reminded that freedom is not free and how grateful I am to belong to this community and serve as your Sheriff; a Sheriff for the people of Tuolumne County!
The Mother Lode Round-Up experience is made possible by the support of our beloved community, from our local businesses and tribal partners to all invested organizations. My sincerest gratitude to the Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Posse for organizing, sponsoring, and ensuring our Round-Up tradition carries on. In addition to facilitating the Round-Up, the Sheriff’s Posse invests in our local youth by providing scholarships to high school students and our Rodeo Queen contestants. I am proud of the Sheriff’s Posse and honored to serve with them.
This year will mark my first Mother Lode Round-Up as your Sheriff and I remain faithful to our shared vision of preserving the Round-Up tradition: it is an honor to serve Tuolumne County. I am especially grateful for my staff, the deputies and support staff of the Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office. Our dedication and actions are guided by the continuous support we receive from our shared community.
We are honored to serve and be with you for this year’s 65th Annual Round-Up!

David L. Vasquez


Jim Rodgers - Captain
Jim Rodgers - Captain

On behalf of the Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Posse, I’d like to welcome you all to the 65th annual Motherlode Roundup! This internationally acclaimed event is steeped in tradition, highlighting the ranching heritage of our beautiful Tuolumne County.

It is my humble honor to have been selected to serve as the Captain of the Sheriff’s Posse for the second time. My, how things have changed in the last 18 years! Once again, I’m proud of the men of the Sheriff’s Posse and their wives for the hard work and dedication they continue to show for this event.

I would like to give recognition to our sponsors, ALL of them. We couldn’t do this without you.

In closing, I would like to wish a Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers out there, especially my wife, Laura, (1979 MLRU Queen). You are an inspiration and you’re what makes this all worthwhile. Now, let’s enjoy this weekend with some PRO RODEO.

Let’ er Buck!

Jim Rodgers, Captain
Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Posse

Mother Of The Year

Janie Bozworth - Mother of the Year
Janie Bozworth - Mother of the Year

Janie Bozworth Cabral was born in Whitter, CA. Her family moved to Tuolumne County when she was 6 years old. She attended Sonora Elementary (at the dome) and graduated from Sonora High. She grew up in rural life and was in 4-H and California High School Rodeo, CHSRA District 5.

She has her mother Betty Smith to thank for teaching her the country way of life and getting to grow up on a ranch gaining the knowledge of taking care and maintaining a variety of animals. Her love of horses stayed with her throughout her life and has passed on to her children. She proceeded to take her heart horse Candy Corn and daughter to California State Horsemen’s Association Region 4 shows. She has been at the Mother Lode Roundup every year either preparing a horse for her children, a rodeo queen or even the sheriff to ride through the parade.

When she was not getting kids and horses ready for a horse show, she was an escrow officer at Yosemite Title Company. Sixteen years ago she relocated to become an employee of the Tuolumne Mi-Wuk Tribal Council at Black Oak Casino, as an account analyst. She has been involved in Tuolumne County Chamber of Commerce, Tuolumne County Women’s Networking, National Notary Association, Sonora Professional Association, California Escrow Association, California State Horsemen’s Association, and the Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Posse and their Cowgirl Luncheon.

She is Mother of the Year because of her two amazing children who made it all possible. Son and Posseman Jeb Bozworth and his wife Kelli along with their children Eva and Colton. Daughter Kate Harrison and her husband Greg along with their children Brenden, Ellie and Loretta Mae, and her children’s friends who she has welcomed into her home with open arms.

I would like to thank the Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Posse – It’s truly an honor to be chosen “ Mother of the Year” –

On behalf of my family and myself, we wish you a Happy Mother’s Day.”