A young saddle bronc rider gets the feel of the bucking horse at last year's camp.
If you are an aspiring cowboy who wants to learn to ride bucking horses and bulls, there’s a school for you. The Buffalo Bill Rodeo will host a free roughstock rodeo camp in Lexington from 4-8:30 p.m. on March 22. The camp is open to anyone 8-years-old and older who wants to learn to ride barebacks, saddle broncs or bulls.
The camp is put on by the Pro Rodeo Cowboys Association and instructors are PRCA cowboys, including Dave Browder, Boe Coleman, J.W. Simonson, Todd Eberle, and Fred Boettcher.
This is the third time the North Platte rodeo has hosted the rodeo camp, and they do it for the next generation of cowboys, said Jack Morris, co-chairman of the Buffalo Bill Rodeo.
“It’s about the bigger picture, promoting pro rodeos, and, like any other sport, if you want awesome basketball players, you have to start them when they’re in grade school," Morris said. "It’s a mentoring opportunity, to help the kids that are interested in pursuing rodeo.”
The camp, which is free, will focus on safety and fundamentals, injury prevention, chute procedures, an overview of equipment, and an introduction to the PRCA.
A second rodeo camp, sponsored by Boots and Phillips Livestock Co., will be held on March 23-24 at the Dawson County Fairgrounds in Lexington.
It will give students a chance to ride bareback and saddle bronc horses. A fee is required, and registration can be made by calling Justin Boots at 308.458.9989.
Everyone is invited to the camps, Morris said.
“Our target is the junior high, high school, and even the kids out of high school, who are wondering what this rodeo thing is all about," he said. "There have been cases of kids who never started rodeo till their college years. Rodeo is a skillset and a mindset, not necessarily a tradition of growing up in the western way of life.”
Morris and the Buffalo Bill Rodeo committee enjoy hosting the class. “It’s fun to see those kids get a chance to figure out for themselves if this is something they want to do.”
To register for the PRCA class, click HERE.