The Schu­man Broth­ers

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It would be un­der­stand­able for a cou­ple of broth­ers, busy start­ing fam­i­lies and run­ning the com­pa­nies they founded, to let their team-roping hobby slide. After all, who has time while scout­ing projects, man­ag­ing busi­nesses, and build­ing cus­tom homes to work the arena, sad­dle the horses and find chute help?

Alex and Philip Schu­man make time. “It’s just been part of our life for so long, it’s our pas­sion,” said Alex. “We en­joy team roping. I guess it’s what we love to do.”


Like their old roping buddy Ri­ley Pe­dro, both Schu­man broth­ers grew up in Hawaii but at­tended col­lege on the main­land, at Colorado State Univer­sity. Alex was still en­rolled, in fact, when he bought his first prop­erty. To­gether, he and Philip founded Schu­man Com­pa­nies Inc. ( schu­ which to­day cre­ates ve­hi­cles for real es­tate investment, de­vel­op­ment, man­age­ment and bro­ker­age.

“It’s an in­te­grated com­pany, and we fo­cus on de­vel­op­ing projects in Colorado’s Front Range,” said Alex. “Ev­ery­thing from multi-fam­ily to in­dus­trial and ware­house projects.”

In 2015, they also part­nered with an ex­ist­ing home-builder to cre­ate PJL Schu­man Cus­tom Homes ( pjlschu­man. com), a firm that cre­ates lux­ury cus­tom homes across north­ern Colorado. The business was founded by Paul and Patti Lud­wick, whose daugh­ter, Ali­son, is mar­ried to Alex Schu­man. The pair have a 5-year-daugh­ter, Bai­ley, who is al­ready com­pet­ing at ju­nior rodeos.

Mean­while Philip, who has a mas­ter’s de­gree in risk man­age­ment and is a li­censed bro­ker, also over­sees the ac­count­ing for the busi­nesses. He and his wife, Va­lerie, live not far from Alex and Ali­son.

In ad­di­tion to a lo­cal horse-board­ing fa­cil­ity, the broth­ers also op­er­ate SC Ren­tals (, a north­ern Colorado prop­erty man­age­ment firm based in Wind­sor.


When the two broth­ers sad­dle up for an evening to go rope at their ranch out­side Fort Collins, Colo., they usu­ally can be talked into heel­ing for each other. But they’re pri­mar­ily head­ers, and have been since they grew up on Oahu. Both sets of their grand­par­ents had cat­tle ranches on Hawaii. So, ev­ery other week­end, the boys would catch a plane and head to the Big Is­land to get horse­back.

Their fa­ther, Michael “Skip” Schu­man, had played polo and team roped, so the boys were roping by the time they were in sev­enth grade. They were soon hon­ing their skills at keiki com­pe­ti­tions and en­ter­ing ev­ery event at high school rodeos. Alex won Rookie of the Year as a fresh­man in Hawaii high school rodeo when

he won the cut­ting and tie-down roping and placed third in team roping and bull rid­ing.

“As soon as school was out and our state fi­nals in Hawaii were over, we’d spend all our sum­mers here on the main­land,” said Alex. “We’d get ready ev­ery year for the NHSFR in Texas or Ok­la­homa.”

Both con­tin­ued com­pet­ing in all events, but “team roping stuck with us a lit­tle more than the other events,” said Alex.

Fast-for­ward more than a decade, and team roping is still a pri­or­ity for the Schu­mans de­spite the time de­mands of the com­pa­nies they own and op­er­ate.

“I just com­peted last week­end at Rap­pel’s [Arena],” said Alex, who fig­ures he and Philip own five head horses be­tween them. The broth­ers are each 6 Elite head­ers and typ­i­cally en­ter #12, #13 and #15 rop­ings. Philip placed that par­tic­u­lar day, Aug. 5, in one of the World Series Qual­i­fier rop­ings at the arena in tiny Gill, Colo.

Alex fig­ures his big­gest win to date in team roping might have been back when he and Pe­dro won the High Plains Re­gional USTRC Fi­nals in Cheyenne, Wyo. This year, he’s plan­ning to go to Las Ve­gas for the WSTR Fi­nale in De­cem­ber.

Run­ning three busy com­pa­nies in one of the fastest-grow­ing parts of the coun­try won’t change one thing–nei­ther Schu­man brother has any in­ten­tion of let­ting him­self get rusty at roping steers. In fact, they get as fired up about a new de­vel­op­ment project, prop­erty to man­age, or newly con­structed lux­ury home as they do about catch­ing four at the WSTR Fi­nale XII in Sin City.

“To be able to com­pete for that sum of money is quite out­stand­ing,” said Alex.



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