Sheila Beltramo dies in car accident

20140714-155442-57282463.jpgSheila Kathleen Beltramo, of Wetmore, Colorado, a longtime AQHA breeder and exhibitor died Thursday, July 10, in a single car accident near her home.

Beltramo, 53, served as an area director of the National Snaffle Bit Association and competed in Longe Line and Western Pleasure classes at AQHA and NSBA events. She was also an avid fitness buff having recently participated in a 5K Race in Colorado.

According to Colorado State Police, Beltramo was driving a 2007 Mercedes westbound on Colorado 96 when she lost control as the vehicle was cresting a hill. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

The daughter of Joseph Patrick and Marian (Sharp) Higgins, Beltramo was born in San Diego, California. She was raised in California, and moved to Colorado at age 17. She lived in Loveland before moving to Pueblo and later to Wetmore, where she owned and operated a Quarter Horse ranch.

It was there that Beltramo assembled an impressive broodmare band, including several own daughters of Zippo Pine Bar and Zips Chocolate Chip, along with Royal Chick Two, a Congress Champion and AQHA Reserve World Champion in Hunter Under Saddle and raised top show contenders. Beltramo raised Zippin Version, a Tom Powers Longe Line Champion and showed No Way By Me, the dam of Diesel Only in Longe Line classes. In addition she showed Potentially Chip to a Tom Powers Championship and earned over 130 AQHA Western Pleasure points.

“Sheila loved her horses and was passionate about the industry,” said long-time friend Kerry Bradac. “She was a wonderful person with a heart of gold. I’ve lost a wonderful friend and heaven has gained an angel.

Beltramo is survived by her husband, Robert; children, Ruby Beltramo of Pueblo, Colorado, Mia Beltramo of Las Vegas, Nevada, and Tony Beltramo also of Pueblo; grandchildren, Andrea Beltramo, Olivia Hernandez, and Max Hernandez; step-daughter, Bobbie Jo Beltramo of Denver, Colorado; sister, Peggy Higgins of San Diego, California; and step-mother, Mary Ellen Higgins, also of San Diego. She was preceded in death by her parents; and mother-in-law and father-in-law, Tony and Mary Beltramo.

Funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m., Wednesday, July 16, at St. Michael Catholic Church in Canon City, Colorado. Interment will follow at Lakeside Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to Orchard of Hope Foundation,
111 Orchard Avenue, Canon City, CO 81212.

Arrangements are under the care of Holt Family Funeral Home. Online condolences @

9 Responses to Sheila Beltramo dies in car accident

  1. Darren Beasley July 15, 2014 at 1:52 am

    O my god ! im so sorry ! this lil lady is awesome ! may my prayers go out to the family ! im in Arizona and I plan to be there ! omg ! love you shiela ! see you when its my time god bless ! your friend ! Darren Beasley

  2. susu wrisbrod/evans July 15, 2014 at 3:30 am

    What a wonderful Lady. Heart of gold. She will be sadley missed. RIP Beautiful Lady. Prayers to Sheila’s family. God bless

  3. Diane Chiton July 15, 2014 at 3:36 am

    hugs and prayers

  4. Paul and Jane Bolin July 15, 2014 at 3:57 am

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. We will not forget you.

  5. Leslie and Joseph Perricone July 17, 2014 at 9:34 pm

    Our prayers go out to you Bob and children.
    Sheila was One of A Kind and she will be
    greatly missed….please know that you
    all are in our prayers.

  6. Jim Hamner July 21, 2014 at 12:49 am

    So sorry to hear your gone ol friend, Our prayers are with you, you will not be forgotten.

  7. marybelle lusitana July 21, 2014 at 9:38 pm

    I am deeply saddened to learn of
    Sheila’s death….a deep loss for
    so many. She was such a dear child,
    and accomplished so much.Sending
    prayers for her loving family.I
    know she is helping God with his
    roundups in the sky.

  8. marybelle lusitana July 21, 2014 at 9:44 pm

    Sheila’s passing is a deep loss for so many.
    She was such a dear child.I know she is
    helping God with he roundups in the sky.

  9. marybelle lusitana July 21, 2014 at 9:45 pm

    Sheila was such a dear child. I know
    she is helping God with his roundups
    in the sky.

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