Rodeo – The Pagosa Springs SUN The most trusted source for news and information about Pagosa Springs, Colorado. Thu, 25 Jun 2020 20:44:50 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Rodeo – The Pagosa Springs SUN 32 32 Tucker Jacobson Thu, 25 Jun 2020 21:00:36 +0000

Photo courtesy Becky Jacobson

Tucker Jacobson receives the Reserve Champion Bull Riding buckle for the 2019-2020 Colorado Junior High Rodeo Association. Although the spring season rodeos and the Colorado state finals were canceled due to COVID-19, he earned enough points in the fall to secure second place. He also qualified for National Junior High Rodeo Finals, but that was canceled, as well. 

Red Ryder Roundup Rodeo canceled due to public health order restrictions Thu, 11 Jun 2020 10:55:14 +0000 By Lisa Scott
Western Heritage Event Center

It is with great sadness, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Western Heritage Event Center Board of Directors is canceling the 71st annual Red Ryder Roundup Rodeo. 

This heavy decision was made after the governor released the sixth public health order — Safer at Home and in the Vast, Great Outdoors -— which prohibits rodeos. This action is for the safety of our contestants, sponsors, spectators, stock contractor and staff, volunteers, and the overall safety and health of our community. The board thanks everyone for their continued support and for loving rodeo. 

While there were rodeos in Pagosa Springs dating back into the beginning of the century, the first Red Ryder Roundup Rodeo was in 1949. In 1948, a group of local ranchers organized an effort to start a regular named rodeo series for this town. The initial group of volunteers included Glen Edmonds, Fred Harman, Daily Hott, Leon Montroy, Terry Robinson and Babe Shahan, to name a few. They collaborated with the owner of the rights to the Red Ryder registered trademark to brand this rodeo with the cartoon character that is so famous in this region. In 1949, the first rodeo was held at the site of the current Ross Aragon Community Center. Photographs show how automobiles were placed in a large circular formation to create the boundary of the rodeo arena. Spectators stood behind the cars.

Later that year, the committee advertised and sold stock in the rodeo organization, named Pagosa Springs Enterprises, and raised $15,000. With these proceeds, approximately 40 acres of land was purchased for the express use of hosting the annual rodeo. That initial site continues as the current facility on the corner of U.S. 84 and Mill Creek Road. Construction of a rodeo arena with wood boards and woven wire was accomplished just prior to the 1950 Red Ryder Roundup Rodeo. Over time, the structures that exist on the rodeo grounds today were constructed as additional stock was sold for the purpose of raising money and creating a supporting membership.

For over 70 years, this organization has been run by local dedicated volunteers, funded with individual and business donations from the local community, and continues to be an independent, self-sustaining and successful entity.

In the mid-1990s, the organization obtained their IRS nonprofit status and renamed the organization the Western Heritage Event Center, whose mission is to provide an annual three-day Red Ryder Roundup Rodeo as well as a year-round venue for education and training for youth and equestrian events for Archuleta County. The Western Heritage board is dedicated to preserving the history and traditions of the American West.

Join the fun and excitement of ranch rodeo Saturday Thu, 22 Aug 2019 21:00:31 +0000 By Lisa Scott
Special to The SUN
The Western Heritage Ranch Rodeo will be Saturday, Aug. 24, at 6 p.m. at the Western Heritage Event Center arena.
A ranch rodeo is made up of teams of cowboys and cowgirls, typically five to seven individuals, competing against each other in events based on the type of work they do on a ranch on horseback. These ranch hands compete for fun, cash prizes and bragging rights.
Each team has the opportunity to compete in five timed events and the team designates which team members participate in each contest. Calf branding requires the team to find and rope specific calves (calves marked with a visible number) out of a larger herd, bring calves to the branding area and “brand” with chalk.
Wild horse catching is roping a wild horse, saddling the animal and riding it across the finish line at the other end of the arena. Trailer loading requires the team to catch a specified number of horses from a herd, move them across the arena and load them into a trailer.
Steer doctoring is identifying the “sick” steer from the herd, roping and bringing the animal into a pen for veterinary care.
Wild cow milking is roping a wild cow and settling the cow enough to hand-milk it into a bottle and run the bottle across a finish line to the judge who verifies they accomplished the task.
The events showcase the riding and roping skills of the rider and the agility and cooperation of their steed. Awards at the end of the rodeo include accolades for Top Hand, Top Horse and overall championship Ranch Team. This is an exciting event for participants and spectators alike.
Admission at the gate is $8 for adults and $4 for kids 12 and under. Concessions and covered bleacher seating will be available. Come join the fun and excitement of traditional ranch work in an arena setting.

Archuleta County Fair rodeos Fri, 09 Aug 2019 17:37:58 +0000

SUN photos/Terri House

Rodeo fans were treated to multiple events at this year’s Archuleta County Fair. Spectators and participants alike enjoyed a kids’ rodeo, a ranch rodeo and Bares, Broncs, ‘n Bulls.

Traditional Rodeo Prayer Thu, 08 Aug 2019 10:54:42 +0000

SUN photo/Terri House

Rodeo participants pause for the traditional rodeo prayer during the Bares, Broncs, ‘n Bulls event at the Archuleta County Fair on Friday night. The prayer was followed by a salute to the flag and bareback, bronc and bull riding.

It’s county fair time Thu, 01 Aug 2019 21:00:03 +0000

Photo courtesy Archuleta County Fair

Today is the opening of the 68th Archuleta County Fair. If you haven’t been to the fair before, then come see what you’ve been missing. There are fun events, activities, exhibits and entertainment you don’t want to miss.
Take a walk around the exhibit hall to see the 4-H youth projects. You will see the dedication and hard work that the youth have accomplished. Read their stories to find out what they liked best and some of the struggles they may have had completing their projects. You will also see the talents of residents who enter the open classes with traditional items like homemade jams, canned and baked goods, floral arrangements, fruits and veggies, crop samples, and much more. And you can’t help but notice the beautiful quilts that line the center of the hall. There are so many stunning colors, patterns and designs, you could spend hours just wandering the walls of quilts.
Everyone can participate in activities around the fairgrounds. You can challenge your friends to a game of laser tag, or maybe tug-of-war is more your style of competition. Compete in a round of horseshoes or have some good, old-fashioned fun in the pie-eating contest.
Not into competition? Then make your way to the activity tent where you can see Wacky Science with mad scientist Dr. Barb Shaw, an aikido demonstration and the Wild Man Phil show with Stumpy the tortoise and other live animals. Take the kids to the Kid Games tent or the Petting Farm to pet bunnies and goats. If you are looking for a break from the kiddos, you can put them on the train to enjoy a jaunt around the grounds while you catch your breath from the fun. Indulge in the yummy fair food like funnel cake, waffle burgers, sopapillas, gourmet hot dogs, fajitas and snowcones. There is plenty of live music to go around with an encore performance by the High Rollers.
One of the newest events is the Bares, Broncs and Bulls. You will see rough stock riders compete for buckles, cash and fame. Enjoy a night of action-packed riding and top-notch broncs and bulls. You can also attend the Ranch Rodeo at high noon on Saturday and the Kids Rodeo at high noon on Sunday.
The 4-H livestock shows are the cornerstone events that showcase beef, sheep, goat, swine, rabbit and poultry. These shows lead up to the Livestock Auction. It’s an exciting time for not only the audience, but the youth and the buyers who reward these youth for their hard work in raising their animals. The auction is held on Saturday evening after the famous Chuckwagon Dinner, where the San Juan Conservation District will honor the very well-deserved Conservation Educator of the Year Award to JD Kurz. Congratulations, JD.
All events, activities, a full schedule and fair information can be found at So, come one, come all to the 68th Archuleta County Fair, where there is something for everyone.
CPR and first aid classes
CPR and first aid certification classes are offered monthly by the CSU Extension office on the second Monday and Wednesday of each month from 6 to 10 p.m. Anyone needing to receive or renew certification can register by calling the Extension office at 264-5931.
We will also attempt to schedule classes on additional dates with five or more registrations. Cost for the classes is $80 for combined CPR/first aid and $55 for CPR, first aid or recertification. The type of first aid information provided will vary by the needs of the audience.

Archuleta County Fair right around the corner Mon, 29 Jul 2019 11:00:45 +0000

Photo courtesy Archuleta County Fair

By Terry Schaaf
Special to The PREVIEW
The Archuleta County Fair board would like to invite everyone to the 68th annual Archuleta County Fair Aug. 1-4.
We would also like to challenge everyone to enter items in the open class. Did you knit or crochet something, take a beautiful photo, paint or draw something? Even if you think it isn’t perfect, we want to see what you have done. Bring your items to the fairgrounds on July 30 from 1 to 8 p.m.
The Archuleta County Fair is a great time for the whole family to come and see the 4-H animals, Wildman Phil and his unusual animals, lots of live music and three different kinds of rodeo (bulls and broncs, ranch rodeo and kids’ rodeo). You don’t want to miss the pie-eating contest, laser tag, Mud Tug, the 4-H chuckwagon dinner, livestock auction and karaoke.
To see a complete schedule of events and find more information about the fair, please see our website at

Local cowboys Thu, 11 Jul 2019 21:00:24 +0000

Photo courtesy Alvin Schaaf

Local cowboys Lane Schaaf and his grandfather, Jim Bramwell, won the incentive team roping at this year’s Red Ryder Roundup Rodeo.

70th annual Red Ryder Roundup Rodeo Thu, 11 Jul 2019 21:00:21 +0000

SUN photos/Randi Pierce

The 70th annual Red Ryder Roundup Rodeo spanned three days and treated crowds to a variety of traditional rodeo events, including bronc riding, roping, barrel racing and more, as well as a rodeo clown and, for the youngsters, a mutton bustin’ competition. While the adult contestants were vying for larger prizes, the kids competed for a belt buckle and also each received their own Red Ryder BB gun.

JR Ford honored with Red Ryder Award Thu, 11 Jul 2019 10:56:04 +0000

Photo courtesy Western Heritage Event Center
Western Heritage Event Center board member Mike Ray, left, presents JR Ford with the Red Ryder Award at the Fourth of July Red Ryder Roundup Rodeo.

By Lisa Scott
Special to The SUN
Local resident JR Ford was honored with the 2019 Red Ryder Award at the Fourth of July Red Ryder Roundup Rodeo.

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