We teach the kids several events, Bull Riding, Breakaway Roping, Barrel Racing, Goat Tying, Saddle Bronc Riding, Bareback Riding, Dummy Roping, Speed Events, and Mutton Busting. Each of these events give a solid foundation for future events in the sport.
We have an amazing group of Rodeo Veterans that join us to teach the kids proper training in the sports. These teachers have performed many years in Rodeo, have won, have lost, and have decided it was time to move forward and teach the next generation. Most teachers still compete, but are dedicated to the youth of the sport so they take time out to volunteer. They teach many things including the technical parts of the sport, safety, sportsmanship, horsemanship, and respect.
We attempt to keep this sport very affordable. There are two options for participating in the RCYRA.
MEMBERS: Memberships to the RCYRA cost $50 a year for a family. This money goes directly back to the kids in the form of prizes and awards. With that membership you get use of the arena and indoor at the Rodeo Grounds for the year. We do ask that you please call ahead as there are other things going on at the grounds that may stop you from practicing that specific date. Members pay a $5 per event entry fee the day of the rodeo. This membership also gets you into the running for year end awards, and practices on Saturday are free of charge to you.
NONMEMBERS: We offer a non-membership as well. Non-members are NOT eligible for year end awards and are not able to use the arena other times at no cost. Nonmembers are charged a $10-day fee per child to practice on Saturdays, and $10-day fee per child to perform on Sunday. A $5 entry fee per event is also charged the day of the performance.
We require parents or guardian to be present at practices and performances, though we understand that sometimes things come up and you cannot be there, there are many adults that may be willing to “watch” your children if you cannot be there, but that is something that you must figure out between the other parents. We do not provide a babysitting service as we are constantly working during the practices and events. Also in the event of an injury parents must be present. We also love to have parents help. We are completely volunteer and there are times that we need help from parents, be it helping saddle a horse, helping get on equipment, or opening and closing a gate. Also, you will not believe the smiles we get and the fun we have. It’s really something to come watch.
We do not charge a spectator fee! Bring Grandma, Grandpa, Aunts, Uncles, the neighbor to come watch the kids. These kids are learning and do need a cheering section. Who better to support them than family and friends? Spectators are free at the gate, but donations are always appreciated.
With thanks to some very generous sponsors we are able to provide day prizes. Some of our past prizes have been halters, helmets, ropes, blankets, personalized chairs, saddle bags, toys, and many other items. Year end prizes consist of larger things, our past prizes have been buckles, saddle racks, jackets, custom bronc halters, etc. We also provide a pot luck banquet at the end of the year for our awards ceremony for the kids.
If a child is injured and needs simple first aid (a band aid or and ice pack) we can provide this on the grounds. If an injury is more sever we have EMT and Ambulance Services available. Please not that parents or guardians are required to sign a waiver prior to practice or performance (one waiver a year), releasing RCYRA from any injury incurred. Under the Michigan equine activity liability act, an equine professional is not liable for an injury to or the death of a participant in an equine activity resulting from an inherent risk of the equine activity. History: 1994, Act 351, Eff.
RCYRA provides some equipment for the kids. We understand that equipment can be expensive especially for a kid trying an event for the first time. Your child is welcome to use our equipment to see if they like an event. If this is something that they decide they want to do, we ask that you do purchase equipment for them. Our equipment is shared by many and kids may have to take turns using it. Please make sure that ALL equipment is returned after use, so that we can have them for the next weekend.
Horses? We do have some horses on the ground that can be used by the kids. These horses are first come first serve, we expect children to respect these animals and listen to the providers when using a horse. If one of the owner’s states that a child is to stop doing something they are to stop doing it or they will not be able to use the animals. We want this to be a fun experience, but we need to keep the safety of our stock and the animals at forefront.
Putting on a rodeo and a school like this is expensive. The arena and grounds are donated to us for use, the equipment was purchased and donated by amazing sponsors and volunteers and rodeo veterans alike. The stock is also donated by the rodeo grounds and stock contractors who believe in keeping this sport alive. Without these sponsors and volunteers, we couldn’t do this. So, we ask that you please respect the grounds, the people, and the animals. And thank a sponsor if you see them. They don’t ask for recognition, but its always appreciated. Also, we welcome used equipment if anyone has any they can spare.
Making a profit is not what this association is about. We are about teaching and getting kids outside. We are about keeping this amazing sport alive. The monies we take in go back to the kids in the form of prizes, stock (stock grows, and you have to purchase new stock), equipment, upkeep of the grounds, travel shows, safety equipment, clinics, and teaching aids. Some is also used for office supplies like your backtags, paper mailings, and sponsor letters that go out to the community. Making the association better and improving every year is important to us, not lining our pockets.
There really is no difference, except there are no practices before the Traveling shows. The Rodeos that we put on at the fairs still run for points for the season. Entry Fees are still the same amount (there are no day fees for the no members those shows). You must call in for both types, but there is a cutoff of contestants for the fair shows, so you must call in early to perform. Traveling is a part of the rodeo life, this is something that the kids must learn as well, so travel shows are very important. There are some different rules for the travel shows, we must coincide with fair rules as well. Also, the traveling shows we do our sponsorships different for those dates to allow local sponsors to participate more. Make sure you read flyers completely if you want to participate in a traveling show.
Yes, each child needs full western attire, and must be dressed in attire 1 hour prior to performance. This includes, hat or helmet, long sleeve shirt, jeans, and boots. Parents who plan to spot their child, lead their child, be in the back pens, or in the arena at any time are also required to wear full western attire.
Rustic camping is available at the grounds, there is also a cookshack available the day of the performance. There is no water or electric hookup, but there is water available for livestock. There are no stalls available, you can bring a temporary corral, or tie to your trailer. Please remember to clean your campsite before leaving.
This is a kid’s event. Alcohol will not be tolerated unless in a non-marked containers or koozie cup. Drunkenness will not be tolerated, and underage drinking is completely prohibited. We are here to teach the kids and do so safely. This is a fun kid event. We roast marsh mellows at the end of the night, sit around the bonfire with the kids and keep it family friendly. We understand you want to unwind after a long hot day, just do it responsibly please.
Yes, there are trails around the grounds if you want to trail ride, we ask that you do not RUN horses in the camping or arena area for safety. There is a warmup area available also. There is also an indoor arena. Please keep the safety of others in mind while riding at the grounds.
The grounds are truly not that big. We ask that golf carts and quads not be brought unless they are needed for handicapped access. Some staff does have golf carts on the grounds, so you may see some.
Rodeo is an all-weather sport. Lightening will cause a delay for any event, but we run in the rain, snow, sleet and hail if its there. We do have an indoor for use if the weather gets truly rough, but it is not large enough to compete all events. Dress for the weather, we have seen all 4 seasons in one day at a rodeo. The arena is groomed and any decision about safety will be made as needed as to the footing and traction of the ground.