GERRY - The Rodeo Committee of the Gerry Fire Department's annual pro rodeo has just received news that for the second-consecutive year, they have been chosen by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys' Association to host one of only 12 free Rodeo Camps that are held across the nation in 2014.
The camp is scheduled for Saturday, April 26, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m., at the rodeo grounds six miles north of Jamestown on Route 60, and will be held, rain or shine, in both the Rodeo Conference Center and the rodeo arena. The event is open to any beginning rodeo participant, who is at least eight years ole. The camp is free of charge and will help participants learn about rodeo and to cowboys who are just starting out and want to learn more about the sport. Lunch will be provided for all camp participants.
The PRCA says the camp is a fun, positive rodeo experience with some of pro rodeo's top champions providing free training in the rough stock events. Some of the topics covered are fundamental chute procedures, safety, riding equipment, fitness, nutrition, injury prevention, and livestock care. There will be no live buck-outs.
A young, aspiring cowboy learns the fundamentals of riding a bucking horse from a PRCA member at last year’s Rodeo Camp in Gerry.
All registrations must be done online at no cost through the PRCA headquarters, and the camp is limited to the first 40 applicants. Forms can be completed at www.prorodeo.com/youthrodeo.aspx. Click on Youth Camps on the drop-down menu and complete the application. Further information is available by contacting Julie Jutten, the camp director, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 719-528-4729.
Rodeo chairman Tom Atwell says that this selection is an honor and a tribute to Gerry's 70-year history of sponsoring pro rodeo. Gerry is one of only two sites selected in the eastern United States for the camps with the remaining sites located from Texas to Colorado.
The 70th annual Gerry rodeo, which is the longest consecutively-running rodeo east of the Mississippi, is scheduled for five performances from July 30 through Aug. 2. More information is available at the rodeo website www.gerryrodeo.org.