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History: Father of the Snowmass Rodeo

“What could be better than to have a rodeo in my front yard?” asked Doug McLain, noted for starting the Snowmass Rodeo 41 years ago, in an article by Ann Larson in “The History of the Snowmass Rodeo.” At the time, he lived in a ranch house just north of the rodeo grounds. McLain grew up harvesting potato crops and riding in the Woody Creek area on his family ranch. McLain leased 1,000 acres of land to start an outfitting operation, which offered horseback riding in the early 1970s, and then decided a rodeo would be a good fit for the area, as well. The first rodeo was held June 13, 1973, and was an instant hit with area ranchers as far away as Rifle. Pictured is McLain, circa 1975, at the Snowmass Rodeo.


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