Jim Bramwell was presented with the Red Ryder Award at the 60th annual Red Ryder Roundup® Rodeo this past weekend.
Each year, the Western Heritage Event Center Board honors 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.
Jim is a third-generation rancher, currently owning and operating the family ranch in Chromo. He was born in Durango and was raised on this ranch, and he has ranched his whole life. He’s lived most of his days on horseback, even in the winter.
On a family trip home from Durango, as an infant, he was taken to the 1947 Fourth of July Rodeo in Pagosa Springs. This annual rodeo was officially renamed the Red Ryder Roundup® Rodeo in 1949. He has never missed a Fourth of July rodeo in Pagosa, even when he was ill with the flu. At the age of 9, Jim began competing in barrel racing and by the age of 16 he was entering roping events. He has an impressive set of championship buckles bearing the Red Ryder® logo. Primarily a team roper, he has competed at nearly every rodeo. This year, he will compete in Scrambled Egg Team Roping with his grandson. Jim loves the sport of rodeo.
For the past 13 years, Jim has been on the Western Heritage Event Center committee and is currently the chairman, a position he’s held many times. He’s well known for his horse raising and riding, training amazing cow dogs, raising good cattle and competing with the best in the rodeo arena. Jim is also an accomplished hunter and outfitter. When his own children were in the 4-H program (1981-1998), Jim was the 4-H Beef Leader for many years and is proud to have supplied prize winning show calves to 4-Hers in several counties.
Jim is a loving husband to Sandy and they have been married 41 years. He’s a devoted dad to their four children and grandfather to nine grandchildren.
This honor was bestowed on Jim Bramwell for his great love for rodeos, his outstanding contribution to the Red Ryder Roundup® Rodeo and to the Western Heritage Event Center Board, and for his friendship.