Over the years that I’ve been living out West I’ve wondered about why I moved out here. Sometimes I think it’s because as a young girl I watched all the old cowboy movies, and wanted to be a cowgirl.
When I was about six years old my mother made cowgirl outfits for me and my sister. She made denim skirts and vests with felt fringe, added plaid flannel shirts, cowboy hats, cap guns and holsters, and rain boots with steer heads on them. Boy, were we cute!
In this little pocket of Colorado, cowboys and cowgirls are quite abundant, with cattle and horse ranches in big supply. And along with that, many youngsters who are learning to ride and rope, rodeo style. I went to a small local rodeo event on Sunday where a young boy or girl could live their dreams of being cowboys and cowgirls.
One of the riders was the park’s owners’ 15-year old daughter. She is quite good with horses, and she had prepared to ride Cookie for her events. Unfortunately, Cookie came up lame on the day of the events, so another horse had to do. Given that there hadn’t been much practice with this horse, the teen did quite well.
Kids begin as early as two or three years old riding the patterns for the events, with the help of their parents and others. Here are a few of the little ones who were just beginning to learn.