Ten little buckaroos attended Blanco Cowboy Church's first beginner's horseback clinic under the leadership of Shannon and Jody Sutherland, and Rene and Ryon Krause.
Opening with prayer, Shannon set the pace by circling the children around her and taught them how to put on the Armor of God from the Word of God in Ephesians 6:10-18. Shannon used a vivid illustration for the children by showing them how to: "Gird your waist with truth (put on belt); put on breastplace of righteousness (put on vest); shod your feet with gospel of peace (put on boots) take shield of faith to quench fiery darts of enemy (put on chaps); take helmet of salvation (put on hat); take sword of the spirit which is Word of God (held up Bible - the Word of God). She told them to never go into the arena (of life) without first putting on their armor and knowing the Word of God as the Word protects them.
The children were then instructed and shown the tack needed for your horse; your saddle blanket, saddle, bridle and reins, and taught how to saddle their horse. They were taught how to start a horse, stop a horse, rein a horse and how to relate to their horse by telling it what to do for them. Each child was then put on a gentle horse with a lead line led by an instructor and walked around the arena. Others assisting in the arena were: Jody Sutherland, Ryon and Rene Krause, Tom and Mary Ayers, Tom Ayers, Jr., Daniela McCarthy, Kyle and Donna Kramer, Will Krause, and Wyatt Krause.
At the end of the evening, each child was riding by themselves and smiling from ear to ear... one young cowboy stated, "Hey! This is a lot easier than I thought it would be." Shannon closed the arena activity with prayer and Beverly Corradini served refreshments by the water trough.
Luke 9:48: ...Jesus said... "Whoever receives this little child in MY name receives ME."