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OC girl on Clackamas County Fair court

Jessi Cornforth, a 2012 graduate of Oregon City High School who is pursuing a degree at Oregon State University, has been named to the 2014 Clackamas County Fair and Canby Rodeo Court.

by: PHOTO COURTESY: JACKIE GIBSON - The 2014 Clackamas County Fair and Canby Rodeo Court are pictured, from left: Princess Jessi Cornforth, Queen Rachel Labant and Princess Brittany Larson.Cornforth, 19, has been riding and competing in events since she was very young, but her favorites have always been performance, gaming and cattle events. Completing nine years of Clackamas County 4-H, she says representing this area “is truly an honor” because her riding career began more than 10 years ago after her family moved to Oregon City.

“Getting this title would not have been possible without all of the support the local cowgirls and boys have given me throughout the years,” she said. “It feels great to show them that their efforts were not wasted.”

As the treasurer of the Oregon State Rifle Team and a lead event staffer at Portland Partyworks, riding isn’t her only passion. But she’s especially excited to again be riding her one-and-only trusty steed, “Jazz,” a 24-year-old gray Arabian mare.

“She may be an older Arabian, but she has shown me time and time again to never doubt her abilities, and that trust can overpower even the largest of obstacles,” Cornforth said. “I can’t wait for everyone to see what a true human-to-horse bond looks like.”

Rachel Labant, 20, of Newberg is queen of the court, and Brittany Larson, 20, of Silverton is the other princess on the court. The 2014 Court competed for the title against five other cowgirls on Oct. 26. They were challenged in rodeo knowledge, appearance, poise, speech and horsemanship.




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