Along for the Ride

By: Ruth Nicolaus

Red Bluff Round-Up guests got special ride in Quanta Express Stagecoach

The famed rodeo family, the Rossers of Marysville, Calif., ride in the Quanta stagecoach at the 2023 Red Bluff Round-Up. The stagecoach carried special guests during each performance of the Round-Up, held April 21-23. Photo courtesy Crystal Amen Photography.

Red Bluff, Calif. – Special guests got a special ride into the Red Bluff Round-Up last week.

Literally, into the rodeo arena, in a stagecoach.

The Tehama District Fair board members, the Rosser family from Marysville, and young people fighting childhood cancer all got to make a lap around the Red Bluff arena, in a specially designed stagecoach pulled by a team of eight horses.

And not any stagecoach, but the Quanta Express Stagecoach.

A Western Concord stagecoach, it was custom built by Hansen Wheel & Wagon Shop in Letcher, S.D.

The stagecoach was pulled by eight horses, all black Quarter Horse/Friesian crosses, with the signature wavy tail and mane the Friesians are known for, and the majesty, beauty and strength of the American Quarter Horse.

Special guests of the Red Bluff Round-Up rode in the stagecoach as they were introduced during the Round-Up. Friday night guests were the Tehama District Fair board members; Saturday guests were the Rosser family, rodeo greats from Marysville, Calif., and Sunday guests were Lucas Bartsch, Madi Swann and Ty Roenspie. All three have battled childhood cancer and are Golden Circle Champions.

The Quanta Express stagecoach’s first rodeo was in Rapid City, S.D., in February 2022, where its first distinguished guest was South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem. This is the farthest rodeo, to date, that the Quanta Express has traveled to: 1,371 miles from Rapid City to Red Bluff!

This year was the Round-Up’s 102nd year; it was held April 21-23.

Round-Up dates for 2024 are April 19-21.

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