Youth Horsemanship Project gets funding for much needed boots

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The Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe was awarded a three-year Department of Justice grant to establish a Youth Horsemanship Project. The grant provides free horse-care instruction to area youth, but organizers found they were unable to spend any of the funds on gear for individual youth participants.

This has caused a problem for the aspiring horsemen. “We found a lot of the parents don’t have the means to purchase boots and good riding boots are very expensive,” said Juanita McLane, Youth Horsemanship Assistant.  “Unfortunately, we weren’t able to use any of the grant money for personal wear.”

Sturdy boots are essential when working with horses. “The footwear is more a safety issue, so their feet won’t slip through the stirrup,” said Dennis Rousseau, Director of Game, Fish and Parks,  the program that administers the grant.

For more of this story look at our August 7th issue!

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