JoCo Horse Club 4-H’ers attend Rodeo Bible Camp
Local members of the Johnson County 4-H Horse Club attended the annual Spoon Creek Rodeo Bible Camp June 6 at the Johnson County Fairgrounds in Gardner. Grace Freeman, Mackenzie McClintic, Tate Drees and Natalie McCracken of the Johnson County 4-H Horse Club attended the camp, which combines lessons in rodeo skills with daily Bible study, ending with a rodeo where the participants show off what they learned.
Campers were responsible for caring for their horses, assisting in preparing meals, attending chapel, participating in rodeo skill clinics and memorizing Bible verses. The clinics offered through the camp included horsemanship, trick riding, barrel racing, calf roping, pole bending, goat tying and steer riding. The youth, ages 10 through 14, camped over for three days at the fairgrounds, enjoying horse events, Bible challenges, games, and sing-a-longs.
Camp members all participated in a rodeo attended by family members at the conclusion of the camp. A single award named “Walk the Talk” is given each year to the cowgirl and cowboy who most exhibit Christian values, kindness to others and a positive attitude throughout camp. At the conclusion of the camp 11-year-old Natalie McCracken of De Soto received the “Walk the Talk” cowgirl’s award and was selected to carry the American Flag horseback during the singing of the national anthem. She also won first place in the horsemanship event. Grace Freeman and Tate Drees were awarded a certificate for Most Improved Trick Rider. Mackenzie McClintic also received a certificate for Most Improved in the Barrel Racing clinic.
As Grace Freeman said, “It was so much fun learning trick riding but the best part was all of the great people I met!”
— Natalie McCracken, reporter Johnson County 4-H Horse Club