On Saturday morning, more than 80 children and teens with parents in the Oklahoma National Guard tried their hand at ranching in south Oklahoma City.
The kids — ranging in age from 5 to 16 — drove buggies, rode horses, learned about their grooming and care and took a shot at roping.
Many have a parent who was recently deployed or one is deployed right now, said event coordinator Maj. Carrie Remer, Active Guard Reserve manager. “They don't get to interact with other military kids, so this is a great event for them to get together and bond.”
This is the second year for Horseback Heroes, held Saturday at Gerry Shepherd's Covey Creek Cattle Company. Last year's event was at Takeoff Farm Riding Stable. Owner Amanda Eggleston was among the 50 volunteers at Saturday's event. Members of the Blanchard FFA were also on hand to help.
Families came from as far away as Elk City and Tulsa, Remer said.
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How to help
Anyone interested in helping with programs for Oklahoma National Guard families can call 228-5000 and ask for the Family Program office.