By Lisa Scott
Special to The SUN
The 64th Red Ryder Roundup Rodeo has come to an end.
The All-Around Cowboy and Cowgirl titles were awarded to Chance Barnes of Florida Vista, N.M., and Alice Pack from Aztec, N.M., and they each left the arena Saturday night with a grand prize saddle, buckle and prize money.
Other first place winners were: Steer Wrestling, Lymon Succo; Calf Roping, Jo Dan Mirabal; Breakaway, Alice Pack; Open Barrel Racing, Katelyn McRee; Incentive Barrel Racing, Shawn Sterling Schuck; Junior Barrel Racing, Riley Montoya; Bareback Riding, David Cherry; Saddle Bronc Riding, Chance Barnes; Bull Riding, Cody Tesch; Open Team Roping, Kyle Honeyfield and Brian Sullivan; Incentive Team Roping, Lewis Martinez and Pete Garcia; Scrambled Egg Team Roping, John Arrington and Lance Taylor.
The crowds were entertained by all the rodeo activity beyond the contestant events. Fifteen Old Fort Days Dandies performed amazing maneuvers to a quick-paced square dance call, which culminated in an impressive wagon-wheel configuration. They sported amazing western costumes including custom chaps and signed color posters for audience members.
Timber Tuckness, rodeo clown, performed his famous “Village Idiots” routine to the laughter and participation of the audience.
Andrew Forrest, local cowboy, donned the traditional Red Ryder costume, posed for pictures and handed out sheriff badges to children.
The reigning Red Ryder Rodeo Queen Morgan Schaaf and Princess DeAnn Schaaf presided over the festivities as the first sisters to hold the positions in the same year.
McKenzies Mill performed in concert to an enthusiastic crowd both Thursday and Saturday nights.
Cowpokes, 6 years old and younger, tested their strength and stamina by riding a sheep as long as they could in the Mutton Bustin’ event. Ten contestants rode daily and local cowboy Logan Frady was the winner Saturday. Two out-of-town cowpokes were the winners the other two days. These top contestants left the arena with an authentic rodeo belt buckle. Other participants received a mutton bustin’ buckle for their efforts.
Bob Goodman was at the festivities with family members on Thursday and was surprised by the award presented to him. The Red Ryder Award is bestowed on an individual who has supported rodeo and upheld western ranching traditions. Goodman has been a rodeo sponsor for many generations.
One of the highly anticipated events for kids 12 and under is the daily raffle for a Red Ryder BB Gun. Payson, 5, from Farmington, won on Thursday and was presented with his prize by Fred Harman. A very excited Macey Jacobson, 9, from Pagosa Springs won Friday and Brand Regester, 4 months old, from Pagosa Springs, was the winner Saturday.
Sponsors for this rodeo series include Pagosa Land Company, Custom Homes by Vernon Leslie, DEVO Capital Management, Robert D. Lindner Ranches, Merel and Thomas-Friends of the Rodeo, Rio Grande Savings and Loan, Scott Strategic Investments, Ace Appraisal, Budweiser, Citizens Bank of Pagosa Springs, Colorado Rock and Dirt Excavation, Diamond M King Ranch, LLC, Echo IT Consulting, First Southwest Bank, Goodman’s Department Store, Grand Junction Pipe and Supply, The Junction Restaurant/Wolf Creek Gifts, Parelli Natural Horsemanship, Ponderosa Lumber Company, Silver Dollar Liquors & Pagosa Bar, and A& M Construction and Excavation, The Pagosa Springs SUN and KWUF Radio.
The Board of the Western Heritage Event Center organizes this annual rodeo. Members include Jess Ketchum, president; Alvin Schaaf, vice president; Linda Moulton, secretary; Lisa Scott, treasurer; JR Ford, John Martin, Tim McRee, Mike Ray, Twine Regester and Pennie DeClark.