The Rodeo Skills Summer Camp returns for a second straight summer at Avalon Equine near Irvine.
The camp’s focus is on the foundations of horsemanship and includes barrel racing, pole bending, team roping, calf roping goat tying, and breakaway.
New this year is the liberty training, team sorting and working cow horse.
“It was very popular last year and had great reviews,” said Linda Kraft, co-organizer of the camp, on the return of the camp in 2021.
“I initially just actually sent out a message to last year’s participants—kind of save the date— and from that we filled every (spot). We (were) going to do 20 kids and between the kids from last year and ones they referred, it came in at 25 kids. I opened it then to the public and within two hours we were booked at 30 kids for the rodeo camp.”
With the camp now full, a waiting list has been created, added Kraft.
There might be consideration for another camp being added this summer.
“We’ll take a look at potentially hosting another week if there is enough interest,” she said.
An additional program has been added in 2021 with the Little Buckaroos camp for kids ages five to 10 for half days.
Instructors are Kraft, Nikki Nickolson, Dalton Kraft and Jared Pancoast. More instructors are being added this year.
The Rodeo Skills Summer Camp runs from July 12-16 at Avalon Equine and the address is 3101 Township Road 124 in Cypress County.