WHEATLAND – Tyler and Shonda Boyd have opened up their ranch and with their daughter, Easton, they have developed a new-beginners roping and riding class that will bring up the next generation of Wyoming Cowboys and Cowgirls.
Although Shonda Boyd doesn’t know what it all entails and has not formed a curriculum per se, she has an end goal of getting people excited about riding and roping as they become more proficient at it.
“I want to have Wheatland to have more things to do,” Boyd said. “Things that are fun and affordable. I mean, why not make it free. I have an arena so let’s get together in Wheatland and start learning.”
The sessions were a brainchild of the Boyds as they were having coffee and wondering what they could do to better serve the community. Although Boyd does have some equipment, she is encouraging people to bring their own equipment.
“I do have some tack,” she said. “But I will lend some, but I prefer that they have their own. If they have a horse that is a little too much for them, I have a round pen that has really deep sand in it so that we can get them into a smaller pen and help them get to learn their horse better. And to help them get over their fears.”
On the very first night of “horseology school” there were about 10 people present, but Boyd said that she didn’t know how many to expect. As it became more public on Facebook, there were many interested people planning to come.
“In addition, we are going to get a group of women together that would like to do roping just with women,” she said. “It would be a spin-off from this class. We may have that on another night in a different location.”
“This needed to happen years ago,” Boyd said. “We had this when were kids. When I was a kid, we had the high school rodeo club and a few of the parents volunteered and invited us all.”
Although the Boyds start the newbies on stationary metal steers, eventually they will rope the “steer on a sled” being pulled around the arena by a “pick-em up truck” and then on to live steers which Boyd had at the ready. Carla Weiser (Wyoming Ranch Foods) is going to help me too.”
The main thing Boyd hopes to accomplish is to just have a place for people to come and have fun and if others want to come and help out, she will welcome them with open arms.
“We are going to run as many sessions as we need,” Boyd said. “We will meet every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. and I am going to go until it’s too cold to do it. And then we have Weiser’s barn.”
Raising up the next generation of Pokes from Wyoming, Boyd said, “We’ll see if we can get them to love it.”