This year marks the 63rd 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 Wednesday, July 4, at 2 p.m. and Friday and Saturday, July 6 and 7, at 6 p.m. and are 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 ranch bronc riding performance each day.
The reigning Queen Cheyenne Rice and Princess Lorah Jacobson will preside over the festivities and will participate in the announcement and crowning of the 2012 Queen and Princess. The new contestants will be 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.
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 ten new contestants, each leaving the arena with a special trophy and the overall winner receiving the authentic wrangler belt buckle.
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, Devo Capital Management, Robert D. Lindner Ranches, Rio Grande Savings and Loan, Scott Strategic Investments, Budweiser, Custom Homes by Vernon Leslie, First Southwest Bank, Grand Junction Pipe and Supply, The Junction Restaurant/Wolf Creek Gifts, Parelli Natural Horsemanship, Ponderosa Lumber Company, Silver Dollar Liquors, Pagosa Bar, A &M Construction and Excavation, The 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.