Most of their savings had been poured into the move, so the only animals they can afford at first are two old nags — both far from ideal for farm work.
Additionally, Mr. Moody's health continues to suffer, despite the fact that the family had moved to Colorado in hopes of improving it. But nevertheless, the family places their faith in God and is determined to make the best of their less than ideal circumstances. The responsibilities that Ralph assumes in Colorado are serious ones, and the work he undertakes suitable for a much older man.
When he is 10, his father agrees to let him spend an entire summer on a ranch about 20 miles from home. These ranch hands adore and respect him, and Little Britches looks up to them in turn. Ralph's job at the Y-B ranch is simple, so to occupy the rest of his time, a cowboy named Hi Beckmann helps Ralph break in a beautiful blue roan mare called Sky High.
Hi also teaches Ralph to perform all sorts of stunts and tricks with her. Over the course of the summer, Ralph becomes an excellent rider and horseman, and even competes as a pair with Hi in the Labor Day Round-Up trick riding competition. Although the family does begin to fare better, their life in Colorado is never easy and they continue to be a family of relatively humble circumstances.
Their crops occasionally fail, and from time to time an animal might become injured or die. But no matter how poor in means they may be, the Moody family remains rich in integrity, spirit, and resourcefulness — a fact that makes them well-respected and even beloved members of their community. The Moodys also pride themselves on being rich because they have a God who provides for them, and also because they have one another as companions.
Usually mother reads aloud to them, although later on the entire family acts out plays from Shakespeare. The children and the parents all cherish this special time that they are able to spend together.
Each member of the family plays an important part on the farm, whether it be taking care of the animals, helping father in the fields, or mother around the house. Ralph has a particularly special relationship with his father, and this relationship is to me the most moving aspect of the book.
Moody is a man of few words, but remarkable character. Ralph respects him more than anybody else in the world and always strives to make him proud. When his father speaks to him of his wrongdoing, conversely, Ralph takes heed and does not need to be admonished twice. If he tears boards off his house and burns them to keep himself warm and comfortable, his house soon becomes a ruin.
It was a great experience and we look forward to being members for many years to come. Little Britches Rodeo is designed to help the children progress as they mature. Our youngest contestants, who can join on their fifth birthday, are known as the Little Wranglers.
This division is combined for boys and girls ages five to seven and they compete in four events -- barrel racing, pole bending, flag racing and goat tail untying. The Junior Division, for boys and girls 8 to 13, is broken into events for boys and events for girls, but there are two events, team roping and ribbon roping, where they can compete together as a team.
Junior boys events are: bareback riding, bull riding, flag racing, goat tying, breakaway roping. Girls All Around 8th Sr. Girls Pole Bending 13th Sr.
Boys Bareback -Colton Farrow 12th Sr. Boys Bareback. Rodeo in your Kimes Jeans Bonus! Do you have your Kimes Jeans yet? A big thank you to Kimes Ranch Jeans for making this possible!
We couldn't put on these rodeos without our sponsors and we sure appreciate them helping to make these rodeos a success! Adding Additional Fall Rodeos! Oct 13,14 Oct 27,28 Nov.