Updated: Aug 25, 2022
The SIERRA COWGIRLS, an award winning all-woman mounted Color Guard, will present the National colors, State flag, County colors, California State Horsemen's Association and Club colors at the upcoming 49er Festival, Parade and Chili cook-off on Saturday, September 17th!
Janet Heuer, the group’s Color Guard Captain and one of the founders, says that the group was established in June, 2011 during a ride on her ranch with several friends. She designed the logo and the group took inspiration from her mother, Rose, who suggested the beautiful turquoise color theme for the mounted unit and funded the equipment purchase for the unit, as well as hosting the first BBQ for the group.
Their initial FIRST PLACE award was received in 2012 at the Sonora Mother Lode Round-Up parade, along with the prestigious Tuolumne County Sweepstakes award. Since their first foray, the Sierra Cowgirls have continually participated in other events and competitions throughout California and Nevada, and they dedicate their rides in honor of their mothers.
The group size fluctuates, but has grown to as many as 15 members--most of whom also compete in CSHA "trail trials" competitions throughout the County and State. These versatile equestriennes have participated in business dedications, County Fairs, 4-H, ribbon-cuttings, posted the colors for July 4th, competed in gymkhanas, horse shows, "queen" competitions, cattle sorting, rodeos and more.
Members of the Sierra Cowgirls enjoy camping and pack trips with their beautiful horses, do regular ranch work, manage trail rides, give riding lessons, and judge equine events. They also make donations to local charities, mentor young riders, and promote goodwill throughout their community. They are still chasing their dream of riding in the Rose Bowl parade.
Be sure to mark Saturday, September 17th on your calendar, when the Sierra Cowgirls will proudly lead the 49er Festival parade, and will surely WOW everyone with their beauty, grace and HONOR of their Moms and our National colors!