The 11th National Day of the Cowboy was celebrated last Saturday at Cashman’s Horse Equipment Outlet & Drive Thru Feed Store on US 42 north of Delaware, where members of Sunbury Halter & Saddle 4-H Club held their seventh annual recognition of the pioneering men and women, popularly known as cowboys, that helped establish America’s frontiers.
Sunbury Halter & Saddle’s earliest venue for the celebration had been JR Smith Park in Sunbury, then they moved to Sunbury’s Freedom Park on Ohio 61, behind Sunbury Church of the Nazarene. This year members of the club opened up the celebration to other 4-H clubs and equestrian aficionado’s, making the move to Cashman’s with an equestrian ring a more appropriate setting.
The word cowboy brings different images to each individual, but the National Day of the Cowboy website notes that the cowboy archetype transcends gender, generations, ethnicity, geographic boundaries and political affiliation; the word cowboy embodies honesty, integrity, courage, compassion and determination; and the cowboy spirit exemplifies patriotism, strength of character and stewardship.
Saturday’s celebration at Cashman’s included games, contests, cowboy poetry, an historic reenactment of the Battle of the Little Big Horn by 4-H Club members, a dog obedience competition, equestrian competitions in the outdoor ring judged by Annie Lord, and a potluck dinner.
Special guest Rick Williams, a Worthington resident who portrays General George Armstrong Custer in re-enactments nationwide, said 4-H club activities like celebrating the National Day of the Cowboy helps young people connect with their past.
Sunbury Halter & Saddle advisor Suzanne Allen said this year’s Cowboy Day celebration had a good turnout, in spite of 90 degree weather.
“The turnout was good, and the kids did all the planning during several meetings,” Allen said. “It was a good day for club members who are going to the state and Hartford fairs to practice showing in classes in the ring.”
Allen said a big Thank You goes to Cashman’s for providing the venue, Annie Lord for judging equestrian classes, and General Custer (a.k.a. Rick Williams) for showing up.
“The day turned out real nice, considering the last several years we’ve had rain or the threat of rain,” Allen added. “I think everyone had a nice time.”
For additional information about The National Day of the Cowboy go to < nationaldayofthecowboy.com >.
For additional information about Rick Williams go to < general-custer.com >.
Reporter Lenny C. Lepola may be reached at 614-266-6093.