Sixty-one years of rodeo.
This year marks that anniversary for the Red Ryder Roundup Rodeo held in Pagosa Springs over the Fourth of July holiday. Cowboys and cowgirls from various states will compete for prizes and prize money in this multi-state sanctioned rodeo series. Presented at the Western Heritage Event Center arena and grounds, the rodeos will be held Friday, July 2, at 6 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, July 3 and 4 at 2 p.m.
This is a traditional American rodeo, full of festivities, exhibitions and authentic rodeo performances. Each performance begins with an impressive grand entry with flags waving from westerners on horseback and the singing of The National Anthem.
The specialty act this year will be a trick roping performance, and Mutton Bustin’ is always fun and full of laughs as cowpokes, 6 years old or younger, will test their strength and stamina by riding a sheep as long as they can hold on!
The reigning Queen, Breann Decker, and Princess Shaylah Lucero will preside over the festivities and will participate in the announcement and crowning of the 2011 Queen and Princess. The winner of the Queen contest receives a saddle donated by A&M Construction and the rodeo committee. All of the queen and princess candidates will be selling pink bandanas, jelly bracelets, embroidered ribbon logos, and the like to help raise awareness and money for breast cancer research. The Red Ryder Roundup Rodeo has joined the “Are You Tough Enough to Wear Pink?” national campaign. Spectators and participants are invited to the TETWP Rodeo on Saturday and are strongly encouraged to wear pink. A donation to breast cancer research will be made for each fan wearing pink in addition to the proceeds from the sale of promotional items.
During the bareback bronc riding event, audience participation will help determine the daily winner of the “Tougher Than Dirt” award sponsored by Re/Max Eagle’s Nest. Additionally, the Kiwanis Club of Pagosa Springs will be hosting the Cow Plop Bingo contest each day. In this rodeo game, spectators purchase a square on a bingo card which represents the square footage in the arena. Steers are set loose in the arena and the first “plop” is located via GPS measurement to the bingo square. The winner receives a cash prize.
Rodeo participants receive cash and prize awards for their daily performances. The overall cowboy and cowgirl award is presented after the third and final performance and each winner receives a Red Ryder Roundup Rodeo saddle sponsored by Pagosa Land Company, The Pagosa Springs SUN, and Fred Harman Art Museum.
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. Box seats are also available and can be purchased by calling 264-5000. Full concessions are available throughout the events.
Sponsors for this rodeo series include Pagosa Land Company, The 2R/ Ranch-Jack and Claudia Rosenbaum, Budweiser, Devo Capital Management, Robert D. Lindner Ranches, Rio Grande Savings and Loan, Scott Strategic Investments, Bobcat of Durango, First Southwest Bank, Grand Junction Pipe and Supply, The Junction Restaurant, Parelli Natural Horsemanship, Ponderosa Lumber Company, Re/Max Eagle’s Nest, Silver Dollar Liquors & Pagosa Bar, and A&M Construction and Excavation, Pagosa Springs SUN, and Fred Harman Art Museum.
This traditional American rodeo is a must see event! More rodeo information is available by calling 264-2730.