At Wolf Creek Outfitters, Inc, WCO, the team has a goal to educate children in hunting, fishing, horses and the outdoors. We strive to build their enthusiasm toward becoming more involved in outdoor activities. There is no way an I-pod, cell phone or computer can ever top a great experience in the outdoors.
July 7th and 8th, 2011 was a huge success for the WCO team as it sponsored and attended the Jicarilla Youth Horse camp in Dulce, NM. The camp was attended by nearly 50 children including this years Little Beaver representative and the Rio Arriba Fair/Rodeo Princess. WCO was happy to meet them and impressed as they showed off their horseback riding skills. The team listened as the current Little Beaver and a former Little Beaver representative spoke about what a great honor it was to be chosen and how wonderful it was to learn to connect and ride their horse bareback.
The elders who helped with the camp taught the kids the traditions from their past. They put a focus on the connection they have with the horse and an emphasis on the importance of it to their culture. They went to great lengths to share their heritage with the next generation.
The kids and the WCO team learned Apache words related to horses and riding. The WCO team came home with words like “tashunke” – horse, “nashishe” – pad and “shinte” – tail. It was a great experience to learn bits and pieces of a culture and language that is so close to home. The WCO team was greatly impressed by the stations set up and the ways the group taught history, leadership and connection to the children. After they learned so many great things, they were excited to enjoy a horseback ride.
WCO gave the kids the opportunity to ride a horse after they learned a lot about them. We are happy as well as proud to be a part of such an impressive opportunity for the kids.
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