Rodeo Night

The Stables of Creekside Glen is a ministry that has been a blessing to our children the past number of years. Our three oldest children take weekly riding lessons there when the weather permits. The children have participated in the Little Buckaroo Camps from the time they were five years old. The day camps include riding horses, learning about their care, games, crafts, Bible lessons, and more.

This year our oldest was able to participate in his first Wrangler Camp. He experienced riding, rodeo training, games, and caring for and training the horses. On the way home each day, he described with much animation the events of the day including the great lunch, worship time, and Bible lesson. The theme was “humility” and the campers learned from the lives of Jesus, Daniel, Esther, and Joseph.

Our wrangler
Our wrangler

Friday night the families and community were invited to attend family night. First there was a picnic, followed by four people sharing powerful testimonies of how the Lord has transformed their lives and given them purpose and meaning. Then we headed down to the arena for the rodeo. There were around thirty campers who competed in four events including goat tying, roping, pole bending, and barrel racing. The winner in each event received a belt buckle. Our son decided to enter all four events. We were proud of his efforts, and it was fun to see him demonstrate what he had learned during the week. I also enjoyed seeing a number of youth from our church riding.  A rodeo clown on a bicycle provided some fun entertainment between events.

Rodeo clown
Rodeo clown
Getting ready for goat tying
Getting ready for goat tying
Roping
Roping
Riding
Riding
Pole bending
Pole bending

The atmosphere was one of good happy fun.  The campers seemed to all be enjoying themselves and just trying to do their best.  A spirit of encouragement could be felt from the leaders and those in attendance.  It was so nice to see many family and community members come out and support their youth in a positive and wholesome activity.  Best of all our Heavenly Father received praise through music, testimonies, and prayer.  What a great evening!

Wrangler campers
Wrangler campers
Little cowboys
Little cowboys

P.S.  My husband gets credit for the photography.

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