Red Bluff, Calif. – The merchants in Red Bluff would be amazed.
Ninety-four years after they began the annual Red Bluff Round-Up, they would be shocked at how it has grown.
The Round-Up was inducted into the PRCA’s Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame on August 8. It is one of only 25 rodeos in the nation who are members of the Hall of Fame.
The rodeo began in 1921, the brainchild of businessmen in town who were looking for a way to get farmers and ranchers to town to spend money.
John Trede, first vice-president of the Round-Up, is the direct descendant of one of those merchants, and he was on hand in Colorado Springs, Colo., at the induction ceremony, to accept the honor on behalf of the Round-Up.
“My great-grandfather, Claus Trede, was one of the twenty people who put up the money for the first Red Bluff rodeo, and he’d be so proud of our induction today,” he told the PRCA media. Claus, a German immigrant and restaurant owner, would have been surprised at how the rodeo has grown. “My grandfather would have been shocked at the enormity of the Round-Up now,” Trede said. “In this area, in this country, it’s the thing to do, and I hope it stays that way for the next couple generations.”
Several Red Bluff Round-Up Directors were on hand for the ceremony. Trede was there, as well as Harvey Camacho, Don Croix, Mike Dudley, Mike Growney, Jolene Kemen, Corky Kramer, Ken Stannard, and Paul Wood. General Manager James Miller attended, as did office manager Kathy Sibert, whose father, Jim Froome, was president from 1956 to 1991. John Growney was also in attendance.
The weekend also included other Hall of Fame events, including a golf tournament, Cowboy Ball, and Commissioner’s Team Roping. The 2015 Hall of Fame inductees were also recognized at the Castle Rock, Colo. rodeo on August 8.
Other inductees for the 2015 class were World Champion cowboys Mark Garrett, Tom Nesmith, Bob Wegner, and Harry Charter; rodeo notable Jack Hannum, the Hendricks Brothers specialty act, and four-time team roping head horse of the year Precious Speck (Walt.) Rodeo committees were the Round-Up, the Guymon (Okla.) Pioneer Days Rodeo, and Iowa’s Championship Rodeo in Sidney.
The 2016 Red Bluff Round-Up will be April 15-17.