Schaaf sisters reign as rodeo queen, princess


    By Lisa Scott
    Special to The SUN

    IMG_1265The reigning Red Ryder Roundup Rodeo Queen Morgan Schaaf and Princess DeAnn Schaaf will preside over this year’s rodeo festivities over the Fourth of July holiday.

    Presented at the Western Heritage Event Center arena and grounds, the rodeos will be held Thursday, July 4, at 2 p.m.; Friday, July 5, at 7 p.m.; and Saturday, July 6, at 2 p.m.

    Morgan is 16 years old and entering the 11th grade this fall. She is active in varsity basketball, track, volleyball, FFA, Skills USA, 4-H, talent search, rodeo and Life Teen. Morgan has a large collection of animals in her life, including cats, dogs, horses, cows, pigs and a rabbit. You can see Morgan at this year’s county fair where she will be showing and selling her steer and swine as a 4-H member. She was the 2011 Red Ryder Roundup Rodeo Princess, has enjoyed her reign this past year and looks forward to this year’s rodeo events.

    DeAnn is 12 years old and entering the eighth grade this fall. She enjoys basketball, volleyball and rodeo. Spending time with her family and friends is her favorite thing to do and she loves her two cats, three dogs and rabbit. As a member of 4-H, she will be showing and selling her steer and swine at this year’s county fair. DeAnn has always wanted to live up to her family legacy and is proud to be a part of Red Ryder Roundup Royalty.

    Morgan and DeAnn have the honor of being the first sister team in the history of the Red Ryder Roundup Royalty. The girls’ family has lived in Archuleta County for more than 100 years and they are the fifth generation to live and work on their family ranch. Their family has been competing in the Red Ryder Rodeo since the beginning. The queen crown that Morgan wears has been passed down for 35 years. Her mother, aunt and many cousins have worn the same crown that she proudly wears and DeAnn hopes to one day wear it, too. They have a brother, Lane.

    The Red Ryder Queen and Princess were very active this year in our community. They represented Red Ryder Roundup Rodeo in the Little Beaver parade and rodeo in Dulce, N.M., and Fiesta Days parade and rodeo in Durango. They will ride in the Fourth of July parade and reign over the local three-day rodeo event. They would like to thank all sponsors and the Western Heritage Event Center Board for giving them the honor of representing Red Ryder Roundup Rodeo.

    64 years of rodeo 

    This year marks the 64th anniversary for the Red Ryder Roundup Rodeo, held annually in Pagosa Springs.

    Cowboys and cowgirls from various states will compete for prizes and prize money in this multi-state, sanctioned rodeo series. Rodeo participants receive cash and prize awards for their daily performances, including the coveted personalized belt buckle. The overall cowboy and cowgirl award is presented after the third and final performance and each winner receives a Red Ryder Roundup Rodeo saddle sponsored by Pagosa Land Company, The Pagosa Springs SUN and KWUF Radio.

    This is a traditional American rodeo full of festivities, exhibitions and authentic rodeo performances. Each performance begins with an impressive grand entry with flags waving from westerners on horseback. The national anthem will be sung by local residents Serenity Keating and Ella Hemenger, girls entering fifth grade, with great voices.

    The specialty act this year will be the Old Fort Day Dandies. This equestrian drill team has travelled all the way from Arkansas to perform. Their beautiful costumes and difficult maneuvers on horseback are sure to thrill and delight the audience.

    A country rock concert, featuring McKenzies Mill, will be presented at 6 p.m. on Thursday and Saturday following the rodeo. This band features two lead singers who are brothers and the group presents an exciting show.

    Mutton Bustin’ is always fun and full of laughs as cowpokes, 6 years old or younger test their strength and stamina by riding a sheep as long as they can hold on. Timber Tuckness is the featured rodeo clown. There will also be an opportunity to meet Red Ryder, the popular comic strip character.

    Tickets for the rodeo and concert are available at Goodman’s Department Store, at Wyndham Activity Center, and at the gate prior to the event. The cost is $10 per adult and $6 for children 12 and under. Box seats are also available and can be purchased by calling 264-5000. Full concessions are available throughout the events and no coolers will be allowed inside the rodeo gates.

    This traditional American rodeo is a must-see event!

    More rodeo information is available by calling 264-2730.