Hang on, it’s rodeo time
By Kim Swindell Wood | June 1, 2018 1:53 pm
Last Updated: June 1, 2018 at 1:58 pm
This past weekend produced a lot of rain, but that did not dampen the opening rodeo of the season.
The Lil Wrangler Jr. Rodeo went on as planned. Through rain, mud, and more mud, young contestants with determination held on tight.
The Lil Wrangler Jr. Rodeo is one of the Van Buren treasures for youth and is an introduction of many into the world of rodeo riding and a way of sharpening skills for developing riders.
The organization provides six rodeos a year, from May through October, on the fourth Saturday of the month. It operates through donations and hardworking volunteers to provide these fun filled days for families that wish to explore the rodeo life.
Volunteers believe that all children deserve a chance at rodeo and try to make sure there are classes for everyone. They believe in “yes, sir/ma’am” and respect for one another. They don’t believe in the word “quit,” and they go by rules of “no spittin’, cussing, or fighting.” Everyone is big enough to help, participate, and have good clean family fun.
The arena is open most of the time for those who wish to come out and practice with their horses. Rules are simple: they must have current negative Coggins test on horses brought in, do not tie horses to arena panels, have a responsible parent or guardian with juveniles at all times, do not climb on arena panels, and contact rodeo volunteers when they wish to use arena.
If anyone would like to volunteer or sponsor, please call (931) 946-2966.