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The First Annual Rodeo Bible Camp was a success, according to Founder Ronald Moon, with over 15 contestants participating in events ranging from barrel racing to stick bull riding.
“The rodeo is a great opportunity to reach out to the kids here and give them alternative things to do on a Saturday afternoon,” Moon, a past cowboy and rodeo clown of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Associations (PCRA), said.
At the camp, children from the ages of 6 to 13 competed in championship events – dummy roping, calf scrambling, barrel racing, stick horse flag racing, stick bull riding – along with other non-championship events such as the boot scramble and the egg spoon race for the chance to win belt buckles, bridles, halters, cinches, boots, hats and even an all-round champion saddle.
“We had some tack donated to us,” Moon said. “We also contacted Red Bluff Buckle Company in New Mexico and purchased six buckles for the championship buckles and all-round buckle.”
And, with a mission of spreading the word of the Lord and the love of rodeo, Moon says he feels as though he conquered what he set out to do.
“We wanted to reach out to the kids with a gospel message,” Moon said. “But at the same time, we wanted to reach out with western heritage, and that’s exactly what we did.”
With a successful first go-round, Moon says he hopes to conduct more events in the near future.
“We want to be able to do this often for them,” Moon said. “Hopefully there are more years to come.”