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FoR's Newest Member to our Executive Team

Dear FoR Supporters,

I'd like to announce the new addition to our Friends of Rodeo family, Julie Bourriague. I've known Julie for several years now and am overjoyed at her offer to come on board to help promote and further our organization's goals. Julie will be working closely with me, learning the ropes, while assisting me in the FoR booth. She will also be helping to secure much needed funding and marketing opportunities. Please read Julie's "bio" below - I'm sure you'll agree, she's going to be a great asset!

Linda Burdick, Executive Director, Friends of Rodeo
PO Box 428, Merced, CA 95341
(209)726-0261 – office
(209)988-2901 – cellular
[email protected] – email – website


With over twenty years of success with direct sales and marketing in a wide range of products and services, Julie co-founded 'BS Out West', a western events production company. With values based on our western heritage and life style, she and her business partner strive to keep our western roots alive with multiple yearly events showcasing cowboy and cowgirls talents along with ranching skills and horse-handling abilities. She is responsible for not only the production of such events but also as a full-time Sponsorship Coordinator for the Auburn Wild West Stampede, local fairs, ranch rodeos, and other western events through out Northern California for the past seven years.

Julie has grown up with horses and shown them for many years. To this day she endeavors to further her horsemanship knowledge by attending local clinics and classes; she was recently certified in Horsemanship 3 skills. Her love for horses, the equine industry, and local recreation inspired her to establish the Divide Horsemen's Association (DHA), a 501C3 non-profit organization, in 2002; she currently serves as President. DHA has been responsible for spearheading numerous area trail improvements and expanding the interests of local equestrians. Through her involvement with DHA, she has developed strong relationships with folks at the Bureau of Land Management, the American River Conservancy, the Sierra Economic Development Corporation (SEDCorp), the Georgetown Divide Recreation District and various El Dorado County agencies.

She was past Director of California High School Rodeo Association in District 3 with 185 members. She is currently a Director for the Auburn Wild West Stampede. Julie is also a member of the Intercollegiate Rodeo Association, the American Quarter Horse Association, the American Paint Horse Association, and the Association of Rodeo Committees.

Julie's well-rounded approach to people, animals, the horse industry and her true belief in our western heritage, she brings years of experience working within the community and brings numerous strengths and a strong work ethic.


Preserving America's Western Heritage

Friends of Rodeo (FoR) is a nonprofit (501c3) rodeo advocacy group dedicated to the protection and advancement of rodeo and its events.

Education is our mission, understanding is our goal - we want the world to appreciate the Western heritage of rodeo and its place in the present day world. Most importantly, we want all to know that rodeo animals are well cared for, appreciated, and respected.

Friends of Rodeo is just what the name implies, people who love rodeo and want to make sure it doesn't get lost in the shuffle of a changing world. We invite you to join Friends of Rodeo and become a part of rodeo's future and preserving America's Western Heritage - we need and appreciate your support.

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