GERRY – Rodeo fans interested in learning more about the sport can participate for free in a Rodeo Camp to be held at the Gerry Fire Department Rodeo Grounds on Route 60.
The event is May 9 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and is sponsored by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association.
It is one of only 13 camps nationwide and is available to anyone eight years old and up at no cost.
These camps are designed to promote the sport of rodeo and are geared for beginning youth and for cowboys just starting out who want to learn the fundamentals taught by PRCA champions.
Topics covered include, chute procedures, livestock safety, injury prevention, and fitness and nutrition. There will be no live buck-outs.
To register for the camp, go to the Gerry Rodeo website www.gerry rodeo.org and click on the Free Rodeo Camp posting at the top of the page. The event will be held rain or shine with a free lunch provided. Any questions can be directed to the PRCA Camp director Julie Jutten at (719) 528-4729 or locally at 985-4215 or 969-4488.
The 71st annual Gerry rodeo is scheduled for four performances August 5-8 and will feature more than 125 professional cowboys and cowgirls competing for $45,000 in prize money in the seven traditional rodeo events.
Miss Rodeo New York and Miss Teen Rodeo New York will be in attendance at the free PRCA Camp on May 9 as well as the four-day pro rodeo August 5-8.
Cheyenne Shufelt, Miss Rodeo New York, is presently a student at SUNY Oneonta Miss Teen Rodeo New York Emilya Washelski, is a senior at Camden High School.