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Rodeo camp goes by the book

The Flat Tops Chapter of the Fellowship of Christian Cowboys held their 10th annual Flat Tops Rodeo Bible Camp Monday through Thursday, June 10-13, at the Garfield County Fairgrounds in Rifle.

Young people from 8-18 gained intensive instruction in rodeo events like bull riding, bareback bronc riding, barrel racing, pole bending, goat tying, roping and trick riding.

Clinics were presented by world champion bull rider Cody Custer, Mountain States Circuit finalists Pake Younger and C.J. Vondette, National Intercollegiate Rodeo Reserve Champion All Around Cowgirl Kaylee Moyer and other instructors.

While the focus was on teaching rodeo skills in the arena, the main goal of the camp was biblical instruction and creating well-rounded young people.

One of the highlights was the presentation of the “Daniel Ferry Memorial Walk the Talk” trophy belt buckles to Colten Fritzlan of Rifle and Rachel Strifler of Missouri.

The buckles, presented annually, are awarded to the cowboy and cowgirl who best personify the traits presented in the Bible of love for God and others, honesty, dedication and a strong desire to lead others to Christ through their individual walks with the Lord.

Trophy buckles were also awarded in each individual rodeo event. Winners were Tanner Gianinetti, Carbondale, bull riding; Jentry Largent, De Beque, junior girls pole bending; Reiley Snyder, Rifle, junior girls barrel racing; Makayla Kehr, Meeker, breakaway roping; Lilly Kearns, Rifle, trick riding; Morgan Walters, Fruita, goat tying; Dominac Jordan, Missouri, horsemanship; Christian Straw, Rifle, senior girls barrels; Dakota Matarazzo, Collbran, senior girls pole bending; Jonathon Jensen, San Angelo, Texas, saddle bronc riding and Caden Walters, Fruita, team roping.

The rodeo bible camp is funded through the Flat Tops Cowboy Church, the Western Colorado business community, individual sponsors and through monies raised at the main fundraiser held in early spring of each year at the fairgrounds. Next year’s rodeo bible camp will be held June 9-12 at the fairgrounds.

The Flat Tops Rodeo Bible Camp is open to youngsters 8-18 who are interested in rodeo. For more information and to donate to or register for the 2014 camp, call Sheri Kehr at 878-3286.

Drought disaster aid available

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has designated Garfield and 37 other Colorado counties suffering from severe losses due to drought as natural disaster areas. The designations mean farmers and ranchers in these counties are eligible for additional Farm Service Agency assistance.

Fourteen counties were declared primary natural disaster areas, while 24 counties were designated as contiguous disaster counties. Producers in these counties are eligible to be considered for FSA emergency loans. Farmers in eligible counties have eight months from the date of the disaster declaration to apply for assistance. Contact a local FSA office for more information.

Farm Fresh Directory available

The 2013 Colorado Farm Fresh Directory features more than 200 farms, ranches, roadside stands, u-picks and Community Supported Agriculture programs as well as more than 110 farmers’ markets across the state.

The directory also includes farms that offer tours, wineries, corn mazes, pumpkin patches and farm and ranch vacations, county fairs, a crop calendar, food and agricultural festivals and tips for picking Colorado produce.

The directory is available for free at participating libraries, chambers of commerce, welcome centers, visitor centers, CSU Extension offices and other businesses. It is also accessible online at

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