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Red Ryder Roundup —traditional American rodeo

A traditional American rodeo is a must-see event, and Pagosa’s Red Ryder Roundup Rodeo is the best example of the traditional American rodeo you can find.

While cowboys and cowgirls from various states compete for prizes and prize money in this sanctioned rodeo series, the event is also filled with a variety of exhibition events to make an entertaining event.

Each daily performance begins with an impressive grand entry with flags waving from westerners on horseback. Rodeo events are interspersed with a variety of other antics like the Mutton Bustin’ contest, a trick roping performance, the rodeo queen and princess contest, cow plop bingo, Daisy BB gun raffle, the “Tougher Than Dirt” contest and the presentation of the honorary Red Ryder award.

This year marks the 61st anniversary of the Red Ryder Roundup Rodeo. The rodeos are Friday at 6 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, July 3 and 4, at 2 p.m. presented at the Western Heritage Event Center arena and grounds.


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 new contestants have been practicing, preparing and competing during the month of June to obtain next year’s title.

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.

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 & Supply, The Junction Restaurant, Parelli Natural Horsemanship, Ponderosa Lumber Company, Re/Max Eagle’s Nest, Silver Dollar Liquors and Pagosa Bar, and A&M Construction and Excavation, 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. 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.

More rodeo information is available by calling 264-2730.