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Sapphire Saddles

BY Muriel Perez | June 12, 2018 | Feature Features

As the Snowmass Rodeo celebrates its 45th anniversary, two veterans look back.
Barrel racing pits riders against three barrels and a stopwatch.

The Snowmass Rodeo turns 45 this summer, and two familiar faces have spent decades helping it reach that milestone: Darce Vold, executive director of the Snowmass Western Heritage Association, which produces the rodeo, and Jim Snyder, manager for the Snowmass Rodeo. Find them there every Wednesday during the summer, along with cowboys, cowgirls and eager spectators all paying homage to the valley’s ranching history.

Both Vold and Snyder grew up around horses—she was riding by age 2, and he was saddling broncs and riding as a teenager—so landing jobs with the Snowmass Rodeo was a natural fit. He’s been part of the team for nearly 30 years; and she, for more than 20.

Each year, the rodeo grows in popularity and breaks attendance records. “When you gather friends together in a picturesque setting and provide wholesome family entertainment, it is bound to create lasting memories for children and parents alike,” says Vold.

But this anniversary year, Vold and Snyder are turning the attention to celebrating the volunteers. Nearly 30 of them staff the grounds each week, many returning every year. Volunteers were honored at the first rodeo on June 13. Rain or shine! 5pm, tickets from $15, snowmassrodeo.org

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Anything goes at the rodeo, but here are Vold’s top picks for Western apparel.

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