CHANTALA RODEO CO.
My great grandfather was a Hungarian immigrant in the early 1900's. He arrived with $2.65 in his pocket and an old school work ethic with dreams of becoming a dairyman. In the early 1940's he purchased land from CF&I Steel Corp on the St. Charles Mesa to expand his operation. After his passing my grandfather Louis Chantala, bought and sold dairy and beef cattle, rodeo stock and exotic birds; provided a place for junior cowboys and cowgirls to practice and perform, sold the land that became the FIRST MULTIMILLION DOLLAR subdivision in the county (Lakeside Manor Estates) and furnished land southeast of Pueblo that produced 6.8 million tons of gravel, supplying asphalt for regional road projects for more than two decades. The 28 acres where he ran Chantala Ranch and Feedlot, Chantala Rodeo Co and Mesa Rodeo Corp is where I am lucky enough to inherit Chantala Rodeo Co and 20 acres of the land. This is where I am in the process of building my facility. In fact, the exact 20 acres is where my grandfather produced numerous Junior Rodeos and was among the first to offer prize money and awards to junior competitors. He was 27 when he became known as Rodeo Impressario, producer and director. He helped youngsters achieve their rodeo endeavors and I am blessed to be the one to keep history alive!