This morning, students on the Coast had the chance to learn more about livestock while taking in the rodeo experience.
The PCA Finals Rodeo is back in town for another year at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum. To kick off the three days of fun, students from across the Coast came together to learn and laugh. Singing River Academy student Labrycianna Bailey said, “Normally at school we’re doing a lot of work and stuff, but when we came here for this field trip, we just get to relax and watch a lot of amazing activities.”
The ‘Kids Learning Rodeo’ for students gave them a chance to learn interactive lessons about rodeo history and witness rodeo staples like calf-roping and horse riding.
Bull-riding is one of the many things students had a chance to learn about at the rodeo. Longtime rodeo enthusiast Gary Wilkins says kids can take the lessons learned here at the rodeo and apply them as they care for animals in their lives. “It’s just a healthy way of life, to teach the kids how to obey the horses, obey the animals, and love of horses and all the animals.”
The experiences made at the rodeo have inspired students to pursue new passions. Hancock North Central Elementary student Dawson Ahlers said, “I’ve been wanting a horse and I’ve been wanting to ride one. It’s fun to see the horses.”
“Next time I can come back and I’ll know some more things about the rodeo.”