Thursday, April 14, 2011

NLBRA Bud Kirby Memorial Rodeo

Central Utah Little Britches 
Bud Kirby Memorial Rodeo
May 21-22
Millard County Fairgrounds-Delta, UT

$1,000 Added to Jackpot
Prizes for the All Arounds

Age Groups:
Little Wranglers 5-7
Juniors 8-13
Seniors 14-18

Entries due by May 6.

Click here for the flier.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Be Kind to Your Rodeo Secretary

As in most positions in a youth rodeo organization, generally the rodeo secretary is a volunteer.  They are there donating their time to help the kids.  It is always nice when the parents as well as the kids appreciate the efforts put forth by the volunteers at a rodeo.  Here are a few suggestions for you to help out your rodeo secretary.

1) Do your best to complete all of the paperwork.  Fill out the forms completely. 
2) Calculate your fees.  Be sure to check with the secretary if you are not sure about all of the fees.  It is easier to take care of these before you get to the rodeo.  Send your fees with your completed paperwork.
3) Turn your entries in on time.  It is difficult for the committee to schedule the right amount of stock if they do not know for sure how many contestants they have.  There may or may not be an additional bull, steer or calf for you if you don't enter on time. 

Getting the right paperwork and payment on time really helps the secretary to have everything ready when it is rodeo time.  

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Dixie Jr Rodeo Series Starts This Weekend

Dixie Jr Rodeo Series
April 8&9
May 21&22
June 17&18
Washington County Fairgrounds, Hurricane UT

Pee Wees are 7 and Under
Juniors are 8-11
Seniors are 12-14

Entries are $10
Contact to enter. 

Click here for the flier.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Finding The Right Level of Horse

It is important to get the right level of horse for your child.  As parents, we think our kids are capable of anything.  They may be good ropers, good riders and even good trainers but the right level of horse can make a huge difference.

When my daughter was 13, she wanted to start breakaway roping.  We didn't really own a breakaway horse.  But we thought that we should buy her a younger horse and train it.  Then she could grow up with it. 

She had trained horses before. She was very good with young horses.  She had even taken Reserve Champion in the state 2-handed show.  But she had never trained a rope horse.  

We bought the horse and sent it to a calf horse trainer for 3 months and brought it home.  Then, we started entering her in rodeos.  She never had a good shot in the rodeo.  She was more worried about making sure the horse was doing things right because she did not want to mess up her training.  She was just learning to rope herself.  She had to focus on what the horse was doing and what she was doing too.  Each weekend she was just more frustrated.  She wasn't learning and neither was the horse.

So we sent the horse to my brother in law to rope on for a year.  Then we went out and bought a 20 year old rope horse.  He wasn't pretty but he was solid in the box.  He gave her the same shot every time and she learned to rope.  

The point is we need to find the right level of horse for each kid.  Sometimes they are not ready for a 1D barrel horse or state champion rope horse.  They may just need a good solid seasoned horse that they are comfortable competing on.  Kids learn things about pockets, positions and roping from a horse that knows what it is doing.  Then they can apply that to a young horse.  It is really hard to train a child on an event and train a horse at the same time.  

By the way, we got that rope horse back a year later.  In that year, my daughter had learned to rope and she was ready to move on from the old horse.  Her and that horse have went on to qualify for state high school finals and National Little Britches Finals several years in a row.  They have won a lot of breakaway ropings but she need to learn on the old horse first.