Riverton children learned how to ride bulls and steers this weekend.
Boys and Girls participated in the annual Ready to Ride, Rope Your Dreams Program held at the Fremont County fair grounds and Central Wyoming College Arena.
“Everything is free for the kids and we have just so much support from the community to help make this program happen,” said founder Cody Myers.
Myers and his wife Crystal started the program in 2007. Myers has 20 years of experience riding bulls. His wife, a previous Miss Rodeo Wyoming title holder, promoted the platform “Rope Your Dreams”. Together, with the help of volunteers, the Myers teach children how to ride and provide mentoring.
“Last year I wasn’t even able to make the corners on the bulls when they turned back, but now actually, I’m just able to cover them things easily,” said 10 year old participant Tyler Kippes.
Aside from bull riding Myers says they teach children about making good life decisions, setting goals, staying away from drug alcohols, and bullying.
“I felt like kids didn’t really have a chance to set goals or there was a lot of them didn’t have goals, didn’t know what they wanted to do in life, and so I felt like it was important for them to discover that,” said Crystal Myers.
The Ready to Ride, Rope Your Dreams Program is held annually through the Wyoming School Resource Officers Association non-profit organization.