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By Lisa Scott
Special to The PREVIEW
Annually, the Western Heritage Event Center board determines the Red Ryder Award 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. Chuck Betts was presented with this prestigious award at this year’s 65th annual Red Ryder Roundup Rodeo.
A native of Colorado, Chuck was born and raised on his familys’ third-generation ranch between Brighton and Fort Lupton, northeast of Denver. His grandparents came to Colorado in the 1890s. Chuck graduated from Colorado State University in 1964. He married Judy, and they have two outstanding children, Robert and Susan. They are blessed to have one granddaughter and three grandsons.
Chuck worked for the USDA’s (U.S. Department of Agriculture) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) for 27 years. He also started, owned and managed a sporting goods store for 13 years (Pagosa Sports) in Pagosa Springs. He also owned a snowmobile rental business (SnowFlite Inc.) for eight years.
Chuck served on the Western Heritage Event Center Board of Directors during 1997-1999 and 2008-2009. He was duteous in cleaning up the rodeo grounds. He started the banner program for area businesses and delivered advertising flyers throughout the region. Rodeo days, he assisted with livestock and was always available for the work that needed to be done. We commend Chuck for his hard work and dedication to the rodeo grounds and committee.
The 65th annual Red Ryder Roundup Rodeo committee and the board of the Western Heritage Event Center would like to honor our very good friend Chuck Betts for his great love for rodeos, his outstanding contribution to the western culture of this community and for his service.