Jack and Claudia Rosenbaum were presented with the Red Ryder Award at the 62nd annual Red Ryder Roundup Rodeo this past weekend.
Annually, the Western Heritage Event Center Board determines this recipient, selecting 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.
The Rosenbaums moved to Pagosa Springs in 1998 from the Chicago area. Immediately, they became involved in the community and their philanthropy was diverse. The Red Ryder Rodeo, other events at the rodeo grounds, youth equestrian events, and 4-H were of particular interest.
They assisted with some of the significant improvements at the rodeo grounds, including the construction of the 4-H building. Their most notable contribution was improving the Mutton Bustin’ event by upgrading the standard equipment, including protective vests, and adding prizes for every cowpoke participant. They have been the official sponsor of the Mutton Bustin’ event ever since.
Jack was on the Western Heritage Event Center Board from 2004-2006 and is an accomplished horseman. Claudia is well known for her entertaining and excellent cooking. Today, they spend much of their retirement boating at Lake Powell and Lake Navajo.
The 62nd annual Red Ryder Roundup Rodeo Committee and the board of the Western Heritage Event Center would like to honor our very good friends Jack and Claudia, for their great love of rodeos, their outstanding contribution to the western culture of this community, and for their continued support and friendship.