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Arapahoe youth rodeo Saturday

Jun 7, 2012 - By Martin Reed, Staff Writer

The Arapaho Nation Rodeo Association's latest youth rodeo this Saturday reflects the goal of its organizers to help children on the Wind River Indian Reservation.

"If we can help the youth to a better life and support their dreams, we know our hard work has paid off by sponsoring these youth rodeos," Charlene Gambler-Brown of Arapahoe said.

The Arapaho Nation Rodeo Association's youth rodeo starts at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 9, at the J&E Moss Arena, 1115 17 Mile Road in Arapahoe.

For entries, call Gambler-Brown at 851-3619 or 856-6121.

She hopes to see youth rodeo events continue to support children and their opportunities to participate in activities.

"We are here to encourage the youth to pursue their dreams in the rodeo scene," Gambler-Brown said.

"We are proud of the kids that have worked hard at their game and earned a spot in the Indian National Finals (Rodeo) this past November 2011. We want to see more kids from the Wind River Reservation compete at the INFR for many years to come."

She started the Arapaho Nation Rodeo Association three years ago to fill a void.

"There were not youth rodeos happening in my community, the Arapahoe area," she said.

With the support of her husband, Don Brown, the couple formed a board for the rodeo association. In addition to Brown serving as president and Gambler-Brown as rodeo secretary, the board consists of Joe Crazythunder as vice president, Keja Whiteman as treasurer, Wylan Gambler as bullfighter, and Cassie Gambler as assistant secretary.

Dee Brown and Anna Miller are the timers. Ed Noisyhawk and Shawn Ware serve as rodeo announcers.

The rodeo association's mission statement reflects goal of Gambler-Brown and others: "Preserving and Promoting the Horse Culture of the Northern Arapaho Youth."

The association offers events in four age categories. The 5-and-younger category includes mutton bustin', stick-horse races, goat ribbon pull and dummy-head roping.

Other age groups ranging from 6 to 9 years old, 10 to 13 and 14 to 18, the events include steer riding, barrel racing, pole bending, goat tie-down, team roping, breakaway roping, and junior bulls.

She invites anyone to help the association pursue its mission of supporting reservation youth with their rodeo aspirations.

"We also welcome any kind of donations, monetary, bull-riding equipment, chute help" or other assistance, she said.

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