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Gary Everett receives Red Ryder Award

Gary Everett was presented with the Red Ryder Award at the 61st annual Red Ryder Roundup Rodeo last weekend.

Annually, the Western Heritage Event Center Board determines this recipient as someone who has made a positive commitment to the western culture of this community and who has been a strong supporter of the Red Ryder Roundup Rodeo.

Gary moved to Pagosa Springs in 1968 to manage the Valley View Ranch (the blue ranch on U.S. 84) where he and his wife Pat, two children and lots of animals lived 39 years.

He spent a lot of time on the rodeo grounds supporting rodeos, 4-H events, county fairs and high school rodeo activities. Gary belonged to the roping club for several years and won the high point buckle in 1970.

While serving on the Red Ryder Rodeo committee during the 1980s, with two years as president, he states “during this time the committee had parades on two days until a service club offered to take it over with our blessings. We also had to run the royalty contest and here again a very nice lady offered to take over and run the contest for the committee. We still had the horse races that were held in conjunction with the rodeo. The committee had to maintain the track and fences and run the races until a smart president found a race superintendent.”

During Gary’s tenure, the pens behind the chutes were built. The committee got the pipe, La Plata Electric dug the holes, the high school welding class and local welders with the committee and other volunteers put the pipe together and the high school rodeo team did the painting. Gary looks back on those years with satisfaction knowing that every rodeo committee strives to achieve improvement in the show and the grounds.

He and Pat are now living in Arboles in “retirement,” which is not slow as they are very involved in their children’s and grandchildren’s lives and activities and continue to raise colts.

The 61st annual Red Ryder Roundup Rodeo committee and the board of the Western Heritage Event Center would like to honor our very good friend Gary Everett for his great love for rodeos, his outstanding contribution to the western culture of this community, and for his service.