Horsin’ Around 10-19-09 | TheFencePost.com

Horsin’ Around 10-19-09

Well about this time of year I am sitting around wanting something to do. Last weekend was a rush, as I didn’t think I would have time to get it all done. However on Saturday, Rice Elementary school held their first Rice Raptor Rodeo on the playground. I volunteered to help with the roping but wasn’t sure how many kids would show up to rope the steer heads. Not too many city kids are interested in practicing their roping skills. Oh they all want to be able to swing and throw a rope but not enough interest in become proficient at it. Most won’t pay attention when I try to show how to coil a rope and wind up just making a big wad of rope that I then have to recoil, it is frustrating for me.

By the time I got there it was already set up with two hay bales of hay and steer heads stuck into the end, no horses … of course. After letting a few kids rope the steer horns, I found out that I was supposed to collect tickets form everyone who wanted to rope. They had a booth set up and parents would buy tickets from the booth and use them to for the kids to ride

There were only a few kids that showed up to practice roping, most of them gathered to ride the train (carts with barrels on them to look like a train) and donated to the school by La Luna Dairy. I had the chance to visit with the owner whom I hadn’t seen for a number of years. The train was pulled by a 4-wheel ATV also donated by La Luna Dairy. The little kids loved this ride and there was always a line waiting.

As things slowed down I wandered off to look at the other things they had for the kids. Like a shooting gallery, not real guns but plastic ones that shot plastic projectiles. Then there was the air filled bounce house the kids could get in and bounce, the air filled slide and a bucking bull machine. The man did not get the bull going too much unless there was a kid that was riding too well and he was bucked of on a air filled mat. There was all kinds of things for the kids to do and I think everyone had a great time.

I don’t know about the kids but I was plumb worn out when it was over. I think my problem was that I tried to ride the mechanical bull and lasted only about four jumps. This made me realize that I had long passed my prime of life and it was time to set back and watch the younger guys straddle those kind

of things.

On Sunday, River of Life Church had a grand opening for their youth center at 3712 Cleveland Ave. in Wellington. The church bought the old Susie’s Market and spent about six months refurbishing the inside. It turned out to be a beautiful place to congregate. Even though it is to be a place for the young people to spend time with adequate supervision after school and on weekends, they already have had numerous requests from organizations to hold meetings in

the facility.

I just wish I had spent more time helping with refurbishing the inside; however I did not catch the vision until it was almost finished. The job was done, mostly by volunteers from the church and a large portion of costs from donations of the congregation. Pastor Rick and Julie Carlson spent most of their free time in the reconstruction; their girls were always around helping. Karl Mecklenburg, formerly with the Denver Bronco’s, came to the 9:30 service to speak, then headed over to the 3Seven12 Youth Center and signed autographs for all who wanted them. It was a grand opening.

Candace Carlson, daughter of Pastors Rick and Julie, attended Bible school after high school and came on as music ministry director after graduation. She was then brought on as a pastor and given the job as director of “3Seven12” youth center. The church came up with the name as

3 being the wholly trinity, seven representing God’s perfect number and 12 representing the

12 apostles.

By the end of the weekend I was ready to sit back and rest.


Prior to his retirement, Roger Thompson was a CHA certified instructor of advanced Western horsemanship and beginning English riding.

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