Kids learn rodeo techniques from the MPCC rodeo team

Published: Sep. 13, 2019 at 9:35 PM CDT
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Thirty elementary students got to learn from the Mid-Plains Community College rodeo team Friday afternoon.

Children from The Kids Klub program met at the Wild West Arena to learn from the MPCC rodeo team about the different events they are competing in Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

The participants learned things like calf roping, barrel racing and goat tying. The MPCC Rodeo Team talked with the kids who were in 4th and 5th grade from Cody School. They told them about the different events they each compete in and has a question and answer time, then it was out into the arena to try the skills out.

Nailin Hou is a member of Kids Klub and is in 5th grade at Cody Elementary. She said she had fun learning how to rope.

"So you basically rope a little dummy and you try to get around its neck and it's super hard at first, but if you start doing it then you'll get it," said Hou, "The motion is really weird its sort of like a helicopter and it's super fun."

MPCC Rodeo Team Captain, Trenton Solida, said he enjoys working with the kids and seeing them enjoy rodeo.

"It makes me feel really good that all those kids look up to us and we get to show them what we do," said Solida "It's just really enjoyable to see all the smiles and happy face."

Emmett Mckenney is in 5th grade at Cody Elementary and said he liked learning the proper roping form. "Well it was just a fun experience learning how to correctly throw the rope and it was really exciting when I finally got it around the dummies neck."

The Kids Klub members also got to pet a steer and learn about bull riding. The MPCC rodeo team competes Friday and Saturday night at the Wild West Arena and the cost is $10 to get in.

Kids Klub organizer, Carrie Lienemann, said they received grant money from the Nebraska Department of Ed to pay for the shirts, hats and costs associated with the activities which also included several days at Dusty Trails learning about horse care. This is their third year the Kids Klub has learned about horse care and rodeo in North Platte.

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