Camp of Champions.

May 27, 2008 at 5:02 pm 4 comments

Sayre, Oklahoma

This week is Camp of Champions (CoC) week on the Trinity “Ranch”.  Our little preserve is now full up with horse trailers, horses, girls of all ages, parents and dozens of volunteers.  There are people camped all over the property, in horse trailers with little apartments in the front, about 50 girls under 16 in the bunkhouse, their horses in the barn or in small pens all around the barn, and another 30 horses or so that belong to the approxamately 20 professional rodeo instructors that come each year to teach the various girls rodeo events, including goat tying, breakaway calf roping, and barrel racing.  What is usually a quiet, 100 acre retreat is alive with action as girls, horses, calves, goats and instructors fill up the arena, roping pen and area around the barn with, practice, one on one and group instruction while parents, volunteers and others watch the action.

There are a number of famous rodeo people here this week many of whom I have gotten to know, but since rodeo is not something I have much history in, I am more impressed with their character and spiritual commitments than I am their rodeo accomplishments, though those are impressive.  These people, at the top of what is a very competitive sport, take time away to come and pass on what they know and who they are to the next generation of rodeo athletes.  Cody Custer, Charlie and Lorissa Kingsbury, Paul and Robin Tierney, Corey and Melissa Navarre, Tamera Reinhardt, Stran Smith, DJ Domangue, Allen Bach, Royd and Tracie Doyal, Stacie LaFluer, Frank Newsom, Rope Myers, Sarah Zybach, Cole Taylor, and many others teach from their knowlege and experience the ins and outs of their specialties.  Lee and Mary Akin and Jada are camped next to us.  Lee isn’t instructing this year but he is here and taking part as he continues to improve.

Rodeo for kids is big out here.  Linda and I went to a junior bull riding Saturday held at the Flying W Guest Ranch just north of us.  It was fun to watch the littlest cowboys ride sheep, called mutton bustin, the next age ride calves, then steers and finally the oldest boys riding serious bulls.  Information here. Our friends Cody and Stacey’s son Brett, won a first and a second during the day, and took home about $150.00.  Youth rodeo is the only sport I know where you can make a little money if you win or place.  Imagine a professional at 10!  The type of event is real different than the sports our children were involved in, but everything else is the same.  Parents bringing their children to the game, sitting in their lawn chairs watching and many involved in running the events, just like it was for us with soccer, baseball, football and basketball, 10-15 years ago.

Camp of Champions is one of, if not the largest, rodeo Bible camps anywhere.  I think it is in its 8th year and continues to grow each year in reaching girls and boys through great event instruction and mentoring youth in the Kingdom.  Small Bible study groups are held twice a day and a large group service with testimonies from the professionals closes out the day.  There have been hundreds of young people impacted with the Good News during the years CoC has been running and the camp continues to be the biggest outreach for Trinity each year.

The weather is hot, humid and tornado sightings, watches and warnings were all around us last night, the girls were even herded into the basement for a time last night, but the enthusiasm is high for everyone.  The girls camp finishes up tomorrow afternoon and the boys come in Thursday morning.  Even though our quiet little place is disturbed, big time, it is really a fun time here on the ranch!

Click HERE for a slide show of the camp and junior rodeo.  Look for the little “movie screen” in the upper right corner and click on it to view the pics as a slide show.

 

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Tornadic activity. Weeds (by Linda)

4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Karen Connair  |  July 18, 2008 at 11:22 pm

    This camp sounds like a wonderful opportunity for young Christians to learn all aspects of rodeo. A friend of mine volunteered at the camp this year and last and she’s trying to talk me into coming next year! She even moved out to Sayre. I am eager to come and help share the Gospel with others. I know some of those professionals associated with the bull riding and they are a great witness to the Christian faith and provide a good example for the young people.

  • 2. BS  |  May 28, 2008 at 4:47 pm

    can i come and teach at this one year or at least bring cp to watch?

  • 3. Doug Wright  |  May 27, 2008 at 10:12 pm

    Sounds like a lot of fun and fellowship going on there. I’m thinking it would be fun to make it to one of these events some year. Thanks for the great pics and info on all that is happening.

  • 4. Dad  |  May 27, 2008 at 9:41 pm

    I couldn’t find the place to “comment” but I want to tell you that I found the pictures and text very interesting. I think probably there was a time when I had a faint hope of being a cowboy. I did get to ride and work cattle on my “day off on the ranch” but it was all very limited. Some of the pictures seemed to be taken from above the pens but I couldn’t see any high location.

    Dad

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