Fri Jul 24th, 2015
The Southern Ute Drum
The Boys and Girls Club of the Southern Ute Indian Tribe has been very busy this summer with multiple activities. Since 2012, six members of B&GC have been taking the opportunity to learn everything there is to know about riding horses.
These students gain knowledge in the proper ways to handle a horse, as well as grooming techniques and how to ride on a saddle.
The students practice these skills during one-hour sessions held each week with instructor Kim Hardesty at Cole Ranch, near Durango. The program began in early-June and lasts for about six weeks.
The program aims to teach more than just handling horses, but also tries to focus on teaching valuable life skills.
“They have more confidence, more goal driven, and it helps build communication skills by just week three,” B&GC Mentor Coordinator, Lindsay Box said about the youth that participate in the program.
A Court Grant and Juvenile Justice programing through Dancing Spirit Gallery for Boys and Girls Club funds the program.
The Boys and Girls Club has two sessions with very similar activities that takes place in the summer and winter.