Summer riding program begins


June 3, 2017

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The Little Wranglers Junior Association will begin its summer program today at the Roosevelt County Events Arena.

PORTALES — The chance to compete in a rodeo may be enough to entice most young people, but they may also walk away with a larger sense of responsibility, according to the coordinator of an upcoming event.

The Little Wranglers Junior Association's summer program begins today at noon at the Roosevelt County Events Arena on the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds. It is scheduled to continue June 10, June 17, July 14-15, July 29, and Aug. 5-6.

Registration is $40 for the entire program, and participants must register by July 14.

Each day will begin at noon with a practice session until 1 p.m. when the riders, ages 6-19, will compete in roping, goat tying, barrel racing, and flag racing.

Their scores will be recorded at each event, and the contestants with the most points will be eligible to receive prizes, including belt buckles and saddles.

The participants, however, will start at the beginning, said coordinator Larry Powell, learning how to mount and ride a horse as well as basic roping skills.

Participants typically show exponential growth by the end of the event, said Powell, who has organized the program for 14 years.

"They start out by just learning to ride, and by the time they're done they're either doing the speed events or the roping events," he said.

Powell has seen participants go on to national rodeos, collecting college scholarships and other awards as they progress.

In addition to the material rewards, lessons in patience and responsibility abound in the summer program, according to Powell.

"It takes a lot of hard work. You don't have a coach, you have parents that help you. You can't blame anybody else on your mess-ups. It's an individual sport and you learn a lot of responsibility out of that," he said.

Information: Powell, 575-760-1630.


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