The 63rd Red Ryder Roundup Rodeo has come to an end and two local contestants won the All-Around Cowboy and Cowgirl titles. Ryan Montroy and Katelyn McRee left the arena Saturday night with a grand prize saddle, buckle and prize money. Montroy participated in saddle bronc riding and team roping. McRee rode in breakaway roping, barrel racing and team roping.
Cowpokes, 6 years old and younger, tested their strength and stamina by riding a sheep as long as they could in the Mutton Bustin’ event. Ten contestants rode daily and the top winners were Colton Cheese from Durango and local cowboys Wyatt Bartell and Colt Lewis. These riders left the arena with an authentic rodeo belt buckle. Other participants received a mutton bustin’ buckle for their effort. Local rodeo enthusiasts Claudia and Jack Rosenbaum have sponsored this event annually. In the spring, the Rosenbaums also generously donated a new roping chute in honor of Jim Bramwell who retired from the board and rodeo committee this last year after serving 15 years.
The reigning Red Ryder Rodeo Queen Cheyenne Rice and Princess Lorah Jacobson presided over the festivities and crowned the 2013 royalty — Morgan and Deann Schaaf. These sisters will represent the rodeo during this upcoming year by participating in regional parades and other community events.
Bob and Betty Lindner were at the festivities with family members on Wednesday and were surprised by the award presented to them. The Red Ryder Award is bestowed upon individuals who have supported rodeo and upheld western ranching traditions. The Lindners have been the bull riding event sponsor at the rodeo for nearly three decades and have contributed generously to other improvements on the rodeo grounds.
One of the highly anticipated events for kids 12 and under is the daily raffle for a Red Ryder BB Gun. Harmony Martinez, age 3, from Bayfield, won on Wednesday and was presented with her prize by Fred Harman. A very excited Karley Pollock, 9, from Bayfield, won Friday and Zoe Rathjen, 9, from Durango, was the winner Saturday.
Saturday’s rodeo was filled with individuals wearing pink as the Red Ryder Roundup Rodeo joined the “Are You Tough Enough to Wear Pink?” national campaign to raise awareness and money for breast cancer research. Proceeds from the sale of pink bandanas, jelly bracelets, beanies and caps, and sweatshirts will be donated to the national cause.
Sponsors for this rodeo series include Pagosa Land Company, The 2R/ Ranch-Jack and Claudia Rosenbaum, Devo Capital Management, Robert D. Lindner Ranches, Merel and Thomas–Friends of the Rodeo, Rio Grande Savings and Loan, Scott Strategic Investments, Budweiser, Custom Homes by Vernon Leslie, Diamond M King Ranch, LLC, First Southwest Bank, Grand Junction Pipe and Supply, The Junction Restaurant/Wolf Creek Gifts, Parelli Natural Horsemanship, Ponderosa Lumber Company, Silver Dollar Liquors and Pagosa Bar, and A&M Construction and Excavation, The Pagosa Springs SUN and Fred Harman Art Museum.
The board of the Western Heritage Event Center organizes this annual rodeo. Members include Jess Ketchum, president; Alvin Schaaf, vice president; Linda Moulton, secretary; Lisa Scott, treasurer; J.R. Ford, John Martin, Tim McRee and Mike Ray.