2017 Grand Marshal Mariann Sanders

Mariann Sanders was born in 1941 in San Francisco. She was raised in the Strathmore/Lindsay area. She played catcher on softball teams all through school including college and even up to a few years ago, with the local coed softball local teams. She enjoys the outdoors, fishing, hunting and in particular HORSES.

Mariann is the owner of Shady Oak Ranch where she provided trail rides for years to the public. She has been active in the horse local community for almost 50 years and started the Springville Horseman’s Association which was active for many years. The Association offered horse shows, gymkhana events, and trail riding in the back country and the coast. This group provided many memories for all members.

Mariann was known for showing and raising Paint Horses locally and Nationally. She supported the horse community many years with Shady Oak Tack Shop in Porterville and Springville.

She has a very strong community spirit and donated property to establish the Springville Museum. Now active helping homeless and less fortunate members of our community she serves as President of Helping Hands in Porterville.

Her family is a high priority to her, this includes her son Robert Sanders and his wife Elizabeth Sanders, Daughter Renee Clark and her husband Barry Clark. She loves spending time with her three granddaughters Brooke Kurz-Lopez, Katie Kurz, Annalynn Sanders, and grandson Sam Sanders. She also has three great grandchildren Grason and Weston Lopez, and Zoie Charm Santos.