Junior Rodeo Camp Scheduled For June 2

Young cowboys and cowgirls can learn more about rodeo at the free junior rodeo camp in Gerry on June 2. Photo by Paul Cooley

GERRY — The junior rodeo camp, scheduled for June 2 at the newly constructed equestrian stable on the campus of Heritage Village, is the only one chosen east of the Mississippi River.

That’s the good news the local committee received recently for the event, which will run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. for children ages 6 and older.

The rodeo camp is free, but registration is required online by going to www.prorodeo.com/jrrodeo. Lunch will be available at a reasonable cost by the equestrian drill team at the Heritage Stables.

These camps are sponsored by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association and are intended to give young rodeo fans a close-up look at the sport with instruction given by some of rodeo’s top performers. The instructors coming to Gerry include three multiple-time qualifiers to the First Frontier Finals Rodeo – Clovis Crane, Tim Kent and Olin Ellsworth.

The camp is intended to give a fun and educational rodeo experience with topics including rider safety, nutrition, fundamentals of each event, chute procedures, and livestock safety. There will be no live buck-outs, but participants who choose to do so may experience a ride on a mechanical bull or bronc.

Rodeo chairman Tom Atwell says that getting national recognition as the only rodeo site in the East to be chosen speaks well for the 75-year history of professional rodeo in Gerry. All other camps are being held in Western states, so he urges area youth to take advantage of this unique opportunity. He is also pleased to be able to hold the camp indoors at the equestrian center to avoid any possible inclement weather.

Anyone desiring more information about this camp should contact Atwell at 716-969-4488 or Paul Cooley at 716-985-4215.

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