Riders gather around the campfire for some warmth and good food at the annual Cowboy Horsemanship Clinic held at Kleena Kleene during the May long weekend.

Riders gather around the campfire for some warmth and good food at the annual Cowboy Horsemanship Clinic held at Kleena Kleene during the May long weekend.

Horsemanship clinic a success despite rain

Our annual cowboy horsemanship clinic was held in Kleena Kleene out in the beautiful Chilcotin country on this recent May long weekend.

Our annual cowboy horsemanship clinic was held in Kleena Kleene out in the beautiful Chilcotin country on this recent May long weekend.

In spite of the rain, the six ladies who signed up just put on drier clothes at each break; then went back and watched more of the clinic – not wanting to miss a move, they stuck it out.

The campfire was a little crowded with food and cooking and everyone gathered around to catch a few rays of heat and lots of smoke.

Meals were delicious, the coffee pot always boiling away and emptied fast. Breakfasts were handled quite well with Bill Lampert as chief cook, Monday morning had Ronya Wittwere and Jennifer Schuk mixing up yummy pancakes.

Eight horses were worked in the pen and rode by Bill Lampert and Matt Blezok, both hitting the ground by the same horse, but they climbed right back on.

Annett Wittwere was so happy with her purchase of Simba and their progress together, so she was beaming all weekend in the rain.

Millie,  a mare recently acquired by Marc Satre was the one who dumped Bill and Matt and was a little calmer near the end as she was tacked up with a pack saddle and will be taken on a little trip later to pack four salt blocks for a few miles giving her something to do.

All in all it was a great weekend as we had a cowboy from Vanderhoof, one cowboy from the Dane Ranch;  two riders from Kersley, one from 150 Mile House and six from Tatla Lake and area.

Our oldest guest of all Bill Harestead, a regular spectator from Bella Coola, came as usual and fun was had by all.

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