Fountain Riding and Roping Club

           Horses, fun, and family;
the Western way, since 1969

Fountain Riding and Roping Club                              Friends, Family and Horses,
                                                                                                           done the cowboy way, since 1969,

Our 2022 Sponsors

Thank you, Sponsors, for your support!


Please click on the link below for a

2022 Membership Application.

New membership fees are $40.00 a year.  Renewing memberships are $25.00 unless submitted after the March General Membership Meeting, in which case a late renewal fee is $40.00. 

Fill out a 2022 membership form and bring it with you to a meeting or to one of FRRC's many events. (Turn them in at the office, please.)

We are currently having General Membership Meetings on the first Wednesday of the month at 7:00pm outside at the FRRC arena in Metcalfe Park.  (The FRRC clubhouse is located at 704 East Ohio St.  Fountain, CO 80817). In case of inclement weather, we will move inside.


Let's keep up the good work!

Our objectives
(as written in the FRRC By-laws): 

1) To develop and promote good fellowship and sportsmanship among people who are interested in equestrian activities.

2) To encourage, promote, and develop the owning, care, use, handling and development of riding horses.

3) To promote and develop good horsemanship, together with the knowledge and interest in the care, training and breeding of good horses.

4) To promote and encourage the sport, pleasure, exercise and recreation of the members.

5) To encourage socializing and friendship among the members.

6) To manage and conduct entertainments, excursions, contests and social meetings for the members.
Consider joining Fountain Riding and Roping Club now so that you can enjoy the entire season of events, earn points toward wonderful year-end awards, and best of all - spend quality time with your family, horses, and new friends! Don't miss out!

Print out an application here, or ask at any event.  Fill it out and bring it with you to a meeting or any of  FRRC's many events.

Full membership meetings are held once a month.  See Facebook page for next meeting announcement.

Looking for last minute notices about an event? Check our Facebook page for the most recent updates.

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FRRC now has a bench dedicated to the Knapp family!

The Knapp Family was recognized in 2020 with a beautiful bench as Diane Knapp had often . Diane's mother and father: Alice and John Knapp, were one of 13 families who founded the Fountain Riding and Roping Club. Their daughter Diane had been involved in the club most of her life and enjoyed owning and riding her horses.

Video Stories:

 "Fountain Riding and Roping Club youth gain self confidence from horseback riding" starring our Royalty of 2018 and 2019.  This YouTube interview is by our own Laura Lollar!

"How has horseback riding improved your life?" From 2018, another YouTube interview by Laura Lollar, featuring Anjie and Febi!

                 Way to go ladies! 
Thank you, Laura for doing such a nice job!
Our FRRC young ladies hosted "Challenge Christina" of the local CW Channel in July of 2018.
Watch it here! 
  • Our club logo, designed in 1969.
    Our club logo, designed in 1969.
  • 2022 Royalty Court
    2022 Royalty Court
  • Obstacles
  • Friday Night Barrel Races
    Friday Night Barrel Races
  • Fancy Horse Show Ribbon
    Fancy Horse Show Ribbon
  • NEW for 2022!  Saddle Up!  Family Horsemanship Games
    NEW for 2022! Saddle Up! Family Horsemanship Games
  • Getting ready for Leadline class.
    Getting ready for Leadline class.
  • Clubhouse Exterior
    Clubhouse Exterior
  • Rainbow over the arena
    Rainbow over the arena
  • The FRRC brand
    The FRRC brand
  • Father's Day Ranch Rodeo
    Father's Day Ranch Rodeo
  • Our Flags
    Our Flags
  • Ride up window at the food truck in the park on a hot Gymkhana day.
    Ride up window at the food truck in the park on a hot Gymkhana day.
  • End of the year Banquet and awards ceremony.
    End of the year Banquet and awards ceremony.
  • Friends warming up the horses together and chatting before an event.
    Friends warming up the horses together and chatting before an event.
  • 2021 Royalty all decked out for the Fountain Fall Festival Parade.
    2021 Royalty all decked out for the Fountain Fall Festival Parade.
  • "Best Equestrian Group"
2017 Labor Day Parade
Beauty in the Valley
Fountain, CO
    "Best Equestrian Group" 2017 Labor Day Parade Beauty in the Valley Fountain, CO
  • Meeting a donkey.  Hi Elliott!
    Meeting a donkey. Hi Elliott!
Our club logo, designed in 1969.
Our club logo, designed in 1969.

Current status of any FRRC event (being canceled due to arena conditions or weather concerns) is always posted on our Facebook page.

(If you don't do Facebook and prefer a phone call in case of cancellations, please let us know! )

Come to the monthly meeting, help out on a committee, volunteer to help at events..."Many hands make light work (and good fun)." 

NEW opportunities are available for volunteer workers at Obstacles, Speed Points, Friday Night Jackpot Barrel Races, and Gymkhana.
         Just ask an Event Committee person, and we'll help you learn.


With heavy hearts...


Ardith Bruce
22 JULY, 1931 – 27 JUNE, 2022

Ardith Elaine Bruce departed this life on June 27, 2022, to join her beloved husband Jim and her son Dan.

Born to Forest and Evelyn Barnes on July 22, 1931, at their home near Clay Center, Kansas. She made their family complete joining her brother Raymond and sister Ruth. When Ardith was young the family relocated to a farm outside of Mountain Grove, Missouri. She attended a small two room schoolhouse which she walked two miles “uphill both ways” or she rode her pony, Fairy. While attending Mountain Grove High School, Ardith was very active in school activates including band and National Honor Society. She graduated in May 1949.

Before graduating, she went to visit her sister Ruth and brother-in-law, Chet. Chet’s brother, Jim, just so happened to be visiting as well. It was love at first sight and brothers married sisters. Ardith and Jim were married March 19, 1949, in Mountain Home, Arkansas. Their love story lasted nearly 60 years.

Shortly after graduation the couple moved to Muleshoe, Texas. Jim worked as a ranch hand and Ardith worked at the post office. This is when the fire was lit for her love of barrel racing. Jim took Ardith to her first rodeo, and she won first place both days and pocketed $30. From then on, she was hooked. The family jokes that was probably a decision Jim regretted for the rest of his life.

A year or two later the couple moved to Woodland Park, Colorado, and on October 10, 1953, they welcomed their only child, Steven Daniel Bruce. In 1959, they moved to their final and forever home in Fountain, Colorado.

Ardith worked many jobs in addition to barrel racing. She was a bookkeeper worked deep inside Cheyenne Mountain for the top-secret base, NORAD. Barrel racing and horses always remained her passion. She qualified for the National Finals Rodeo seven times from 1963-1969 and won the Girls Rodeo Association World Championship in 1964. She still holds a record for winning Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo seven times. She was the first woman to receive a license on a recognized horse racing track and served as an outrider. She conducted barrel racing clinics in 20 states, including Hawaii. While at a clinic in Rapid City, South Dakota, she met and brought home one of her students, Debbie Weaver, who became part of the family and lived with them until she graduated high school.

Ardith’s accolades did not end there. She became the first barrel racer to be inducted into the Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo Hall of Fame, the 1976 GRA World Champion in steer undecorating, and last but not least at age 90 was selected for induction into the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame in Colorado Springs, Colorado. She will be inducted posthumously during the official ceremony on July 16, 2022. She served many years in various positions in the GRA, WPRA, El Paso County Parks Advisory Board, and was a charter member of the Fountain Riding and Roping Club.

She loved her garden, flowers, sewing, cats, and talking on the phone. She doted on her great grandchildren and would show pictures of them to anyone who would look. Ardith packed three lifetimes worth of experience in her 90 years. She never met a stranger, and she will never be forgotten.

Ardith is survived by foster daughter Debbie Weaver Thompson (husband Link) son Powder, and daughter Cati of Gordon, Nebraska. Granddaughter Amber Bruce West (husband Zach) and great grandchildren Jaycie and Eastan of New Underwood, South Dakota. Grandson Spencer Bruce (wife Shelby) of Fountain, Colorado.

Ardith is proceeded in death by her parents, brother, and sister, husband Jim Bruce and son Dan Bruce, and her beloved World Champion Barrel Horse, Shaws Kingwood Snip “Ol Red”.

Memorial services will be held at Fountain Riding and Roping Arena in Metcalfe Park in Fountain, Colorado at 10 am on Friday, July 15, 2022. Reception to follow in the park. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Fountain Riding and Roping Club or the Fountain Fire Department.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Bruce family.

Former FRRC Princess becomes
Pike's Peak or Bust Royalty

Brooke Soltwedel2022 Aide to Girl of the West

2022 Aide to Girl of the West, Brooke Soltwedel, is the 19-year-old daughter of Ray Soltwedel and Rachel Morgan. She grew up doing ranch work and competing in speed and show events under the Western discipline. She has also served as an ambassador for other equine organizations and has worked with therapy horses.

Brooke is currently working toward a nursing degree at Pikes Peak Community College, after which she plans to work as a scrub nurse while attending medical school to study neurosurgery with a focus on children with special needs. In the meantime, she works and volunteers in the Colorado Springs community.

The Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo and its mission is near and dear to Brooke. Her sister figure, whom her family took in, is currently serving in the United States Air Force. Brooke is eager for the opportunity to give back to the military community and serve those who serve us during her time as Aide to Girl of the West.

Brooke rides a bay Paint gelding who was born on St. Patrick’s Day and is appropriately named Irish.

GOTW images above © 2022 Waldrons Family Studio; Hats by Greeley Hat Works; Buckles by Clint Mortenson Silver and Saddles

                          Additional Notes by FRRC:  
 P.S. - Miss Brooke Soltwedel is the daughter of Ray Soltwedel, a former FRRC King, and Rachel Morgan, a former FRRC President and Committee Chair for FRRC Friday Night Jackpot Barrel Races. Both of her parents gave generous amounts of time and energy to the continued success of this club. Miss Soltwedel is also the granddaughter of Jo and Carl Soltwedel, one of the 13 original founding families of FRRC back in December of 1969. Jo and Carl have been tireless contributors to FRRC in many capacities, until they "retired" from club activities just a few years ago.  


You don't ride? That's ok, too. Spectators are always welcome!
Please park your vehicle along the paved access road to the arena, or along the fence nearest the arena bleachers and our clubhouse.  This is for the safety of your vehicle and your family.
                                               Thank you! 

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FRRC Arena, 704 E Ohio Ave, Fountain, CO