Make plans now to attend Red Ryder Roundup Rodeo

This year marks the 60th anniversary of the Red Ryder Roundup® Rodeo.

Cowboys and cowgirls from various states will compete for prizes and prize money in this sanctioned rodeo series.

The rodeos are Thursday and Friday at 6 p.m. and Saturday, July 4, at 2 p.m. — presented at the Western Heritage Event Center arena and grounds.

Traditional rodeo events are presented with a variety of exhibition events to make a varied and entertaining American rodeo experience. Each performance begins with an impressive grand entry with flags waving from westerners on horseback. The specialty act will be a trick riding performance each day.

Reigning royalty

Queen Hailey Archuleta and Princess Alexandra Herrera will preside over the festivities and will participate in the announcement and crowning of the 2010 Queen and Princess. The new contestants will be practicing, preparing and competing during the month of June to obtain next year’s title.

Tough Enough

The Red Ryder Roundup® Rodeo has joined the “Are You Tough Enough to Wear Pink?”® national campaign to raise awareness and money for breast cancer research. Spectators and participants are invited to the TETWP® Rodeo on Saturday and are strongly encouraged to wear pink. A donation to the Tough Enough To Wear Pink® fund raiser for breast cancer research and awareness?will be made for each fan wearing pink.? The proceeds from the sale of pink bandanas, jelly bracelets or embroidered ribbon logos plus the donations collected throughout the rodeo will be donated to the national cause.

Mutton Bustin’

Cowpokes, 6 years old or younger, will test their strength and stamina by riding a sheep as long as they can hold on in the Mutton Bustin’ event. This contest is held daily with 10 new contestants each leaving the arena with a special trophy and the overall winner receiving the authentic wrangler belt buckle.

Tougher yet

Re/Max Eagle’s Nest is sponsoring the “Tougher Than Dirt” award which will be given daily to the cowboy in the Bareback Bronc Riding Contest that best fits the title. The rodeo clown, with audience participation, will determine this daily winner.

Tickets are available at Goodman’s Department Store and at the gate prior to the event. The cost is $10 per adult and $6 for children 12 and under. A limited number of box seats are available and can be purchased by calling 264-5000. A variety of concessions are available throughout the events.

Sponsors for this rodeo series include Pagosa Land Company, The 2R/Ranch-Jack and Claudia Rosenbaum, Bobcat of Durango, Budweiser, Devo Capital Management, First Southwest Bank, Grand Junction Pipe and Supply, Fred Harman Art Museum, The Junction Restaurant, Robert D. Lindner Ranches, The Pagosa Springs SUN, Ponderosa Lumber Company, Re/Max Eagle’s Nest, Rio Grande Savings and Loan, Scott Strategic Investments, and Silver Dollar Liquors and Pagosa Bar.

This traditional American rodeo is a must-see event.

More rodeo information is available by calling 264-2730.