Joanette, Shelby Hagedorn |

Joanette, Shelby Hagedorn

Aug. 11, 1989 Sierra Sun photoShelby Hagedorn, 1989.

Shelby Hagedorn Joanette died at Renown Medical Center in Reno, Nev., on Tuesday May 8. She was 36.

Shelby was born April 11, 1971 in Santa Cruz, Calif. She moved with her family to Truckee, Calif. in 1982, and graduated from Tahoe Truckee High School in 1989 among classmates who remember her for “her contagious laughter, boundless energy, big heart, and love of horses.” She was named Truckee Rodeo Princess in 1987 and crowned Truckee Rodeo Queen in 1988.

Shelby worked as a horse trainer and toured the western United States competing as a barrel racer. She was a former member of Junior Horsemen and Friends of Rodeo and an active member of American Quarter Horse Association and American Paint Horse Association. Shelby was also a member of Fernley Christian Church and Cowboy Church.

Dearly loved and cherished, Shelby is survived by her parents Dona and Curt Hagedorn, sister and brother-in-law Lori and Frank Mosca, grandparents Jeff and Mille Squires, and her beloved animals Charley, Scarlet, Junebug, Harley, Cash and foal. She is further survived by aunts, uncles, cousins, and many friends.

Family and friends are welcome to join in a celebration of Shelby’s life on Sunday May 20 at 11a.m. in Reno, Nev., at Chism House (, 1401 W. Second Street (5 blocks west of Keystone). In addition, several memorial barrel races are being planned by friends.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Shelby Hagedorn Joanette Scholarship Fund at Bank of America, under the name of Curt and Dona Hagedorn.

The family would like to thank the ICU staff at Renown Medical Center for their “incredible care through our difficult time.”

Shelby is warmly remembered for her exuberance, friendly nature, ability to delight others in laughter, kind guardianship of her animals, and a fun little thing she did called a ‘pony kick.’

Happy trails cowgirl.

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