Duane and Amy Beamer were honored and surprised to be selected as th
Ouray County Rodeo Grand Marshals. Duane grew up on a ranch on the
front range and moved to Ouray County area nearly 40 years ago. He
was initially drawn to this area by its scenic beauty. After working in
the mines, he moved into full-time construction and shoed horses in
the evenings and weekends. It was his experience with horses that
led him to a job with San Juan Guest Ranch where he helped build
their trail riding and pack hunt trips. While leading a guided hunt,
he met Vince Kontny and his family. Their friendship grew into a
business partnership where Duane led the restoration of Last Dollar
Ranch owned by Kontny. Duane and Amy married in 1992 and after
the ranch restoration was complete, they remained on the ranch
where they raised their two children, Jenna and Hasten. Amy was
born in Montrose and attended Mesa State in Grand Junction where
she earned her Associates Degree in Business. She worked for the
Ridgway School district, then Wolf Cattle as an Office Manager for 10 years.
Amy currently works at the Ridgway Family Dentistry office.
Duane and Amy have served Ouray County over the past 20+ years in so many ways. In the early 1980s Duane served on the Ouray County Sheriff’s Posse until it was disbanded. He has been a member of the Ouray County Cattlemen’s Association for nearly 20 years and has served as Secretary, Vice President and President. He is also a member of the Ouray County Rodeo Association (OCRA) and has served on the Board of Directors for 12 years. He served on the OCRA Board of Directors when OCRA led the effort to secure funding and renovate the Ouray County Fairgrounds. The Fairgrounds were nearly 100 years old and in need of significant repair. The OCRA team worked hard with other local county officials to secure funding to renovate the rodeo arena and build the beautiful grandstands that we have today. Both Amy and Duane have a passion for ranching and have been involved with the Ouray County Ranch History museum where they have assisted in the fundraising events at both Last Dollar Ranch and Centennial Ranch.
The Beamers have also been deeply involved in the Ouray County youth outreach. Amy was Assistant Coach for the Girls Ridgway High School Basketball team and a member of the Ridgway Booster Club for over 10 years supporting student athletics in both Middle School and High School. She has many fond memories of the students, basketball games, and the numerous fundraising efforts. Duane and Amy got involved with the local San Juan Critters & Crafts 4H Club roughly 20 years ago when their children were showing in horse, lamb and steer. Even after both Jenna and Hasten graduated High School and went to college, they remained steadfast in their support. Duane was on the Ouray County Fair Board for nearly 15 years where he has served as member, Vice President and President. He still serves as a Ring Steward for the 4H Livestock Show and Auction and encourages all the community to come and support the kids on Saturday August 31 at 2pm.
Thanks Amy and Duane for your incredible service to our community. We are honored and grateful to have you as the 2019 Ouray County Rodeo Grand Marshals.