Missouri Governor's

Mounted Guard

The 14th Annual Trails for Kids benefit ride for the Cerebral Palsy of Tri-County Webb City Development Center was held on April 14-17, 2016 at Underwood's Crag O'Lea Campground in Pineville, Missouri. The committee who helped plan the details of the event met many times throughout the winter to make sure that the whole project went off without a hitch. 

Campers started moving in on Thursday evening. Our electric crew came in and wired up lighting in the tent. While they were at it, they even helped a few campers who didn't have power to their campers. Electricians can wire by flashlight, right?

Friday was a free for all. Anyone who wanted to ride went on their own trail rides throughout the day.

Friday night brought most of the campers in who planned on being involved in the guided group ride on Saturday. There was also a baked good sale to help raise money for the CP Center. Donna Underwood made peanut butter fudge prior to the event to sell to help raise money. She sold $700 worth of peanut butter fudge for the cause. There was an array of baked goods ranging from fruit pies to cookies to cobblers to cakes and more.

People sprinkled in throughout the evening. Current Coggins were checked as well as paying the registration fees.

Then it was time to hang out for the evening, and eat all the desserts that were bought at the auction.

We had a beautiful evening that started out into a beautiful morning for the ride. The day of the ride was gorgeous!

The Missouri Governor's Mounted guard were on duty for the guided ride, as well as being the Trail Boss. There were 2 guided rides, one that left at 9am and one that left at 10am from camp.

The youngest rider was 6 1/2 years old and the oldest rider was 79 years old.

After the rides got back to camp, it was time to relax. Some people relaxed by going on additional rides, while others played in the creek, and yet others napped. Whatever, the weather was gorgeous!

At 4pm, the duck race commenced. Ducks were sold for the race. There were around 500 ducks to be sold and all ducks were sold by the time the race happened.

Just prior to 6pm, the item auction started.

Friday night there was karaoke by Two Dogs and Saturday night Kinsey Sadler put on a concert.

The funds raised at this event are used for transportation and comprehensive Children's therapeutic services for children of special needs. The exciting news is that with the help of all the people involved, we raised $37,736.50. Thank you everyone for your support in the Trails for Kids and the tri-county CP Center.

This year the Missouri Governor's Mounted Guard Coggins Clinic happened to fall on a cold day in March, just like last year. When the weather outside is frightful, we get delightful, Since there's no place to go, Let us go, let us go, let us go.... to the Coggins Clinic. Or something like that :).

This year we had a total of 37 horses run through to have blood pulled for coggins. Thank you to everyone who braved the weather. Maybe next year we'll pick a day that isn't so cold... or maybe not. I guess you'll have to come see us to find out!

One of the great things about riding at Underwood's Crag O'Lea in Pineville, MO, are the opportunities to let the horses relax.

Once horses were settled in, we all went back up to camp to sit around and shoot the breeze. 

Nightfall hit and Colonel and his wife decided to go for a night ride. I had never seen a flashlight on a horse's bridle before.

Saturday morning it was time to get this shin dig rolling. 
At 8:30 or so we were off on the trails. 

One interesting thing we found starting out on the trail... a band of bees. More than one horse and person were stung by said bees. And let's just say the horses weren't real happy. I probably wouldn't be happy either.
Finally we hit the halfway point, so that meant lunch! We had ham sandwiches, chips, dessert, and drinks.


Toward the end of the ride, we went over by the cave. Obviously this isn't a picture of the cave, but it's in the same area. 

That afternoon when we got back, we cleaned up and before we knew it, it was time for the auction.
At the end of the auction they threw out shirts from years past.

On Sunday at 2 they had an awards presentation as well as a raffle for a saddle and a horse.

 

And one last thing... a video. It is 6 minutes but totally worth it!

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On your mark...

Get set...

GO!!!!!!

What a beautiful night for a night out at the KMO Open Barrel Race that was held at the at King Jack Park, last night July 21st. We're in the middle of July and the weather couldn't be more perfect. And that chance of rain for last night, well it just passed us by and left us with cool weather and a nice breeze. Are you sure we're in Missouri in July? I'm definitely not complaining!

Sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words, so let's just take a look at the evenings events via pictures and let the pictures do the talking, shall we, maybe with a little side commentary thrown in for good measure.

Missouri Governors Mounted Guard - King Jack Park

Missouri Governors Mounted Guard - King Jack Park

Missouri Governors Mounted Guard - King Jack Park

Obviously hard at work. haha!

Missouri Governors Mounted Guard - King Jack Park

Missouri Governors Mounted Guard - King Jack Park

Missouri Governors Mounted Guard - King Jack Park

Missouri Governors Mounted Guard - King Jack Park

Trusting soul's with these guys around....

Missouri Governors Mounted Guard - King Jack Park

Missouri Governors Mounted Guard - King Jack Park

Missouri Governors Mounted Guard - King Jack Park

Whew, they finally decided to get to work. haha!

Missouri Governors Mounted Guard - King Jack Park

Missouri Governors Mounted Guard - King Jack Park

Burgers, you got it! Nachos, even better! Hotdogs, yes please!

Missouri Governors Mounted Guard - King Jack Park

Missouri Governors Mounted Guard - King Jack Park

Missouri Governors Mounted Guard - King Jack Park

Missouri Governors Mounted Guard - King Jack Park

Missouri Governors Mounted Guard - King Jack Park

Missouri Governors Mounted Guard - King Jack Park

Missouri Governors Mounted Guard - King Jack Park

Let's call that a wrap! Thanks for coming out and supporting the KMO Open Barrel night and the Missouri Governor's Mounted Guard. Our next event is August 1st, MJRC Youth Rodeo, can't wait to see you then!

Saturday July 4, 2015 if you headed to Seneca, MO for the large fireworks show, you were greeted by the Missouri Governor’s Mounted Guard as well as the Newton County Rescue and Recovery teams.

If you’ve never been to Seneca to see the fireworks, they have a huge display every year so make sure to make plans to make it out there next year. Along with the fireworks they have activities for the kids, food vendors, live music, and other activities to make it a day worth while.

The gates open at 4:30pm. To enter the grounds it was $5/car load or if you parked outside and walked in it was $1/person to enter. NCRR were at the gates to direct traffic while the Guard helped place your vehicles into parking spots.

Missouri Governor's Mounted Guard Seneca Fireworks

Missouri Governor's Mounted Guard Seneca Fireworks

Missouri Governor's Mounted Guard Seneca Fireworks

Around 9:45 it was time for the grand event, the whole reason for coming out, to celebrate the Fourth of July with a big bang.

Missouri Governor's Mounted Guard Seneca Fireworks

Missouri Governor's Mounted Guard Seneca Fireworks

Missouri Governor's Mounted Guard Seneca Fireworks

Missouri Governor's Mounted Guard Seneca Fireworks

Happy Fourth of July from the Missouri Governor's Mounted Guard!

If there is one thing that the Missouri Governor's Mounted Guard loves it is to help promote kids. One way to do that is having the arena available for Youth Rodeos. The Mounted Guard keep King Jack Park in Webb City, Missouri, ready to be used in events such as AYRA rodeos. During down time the guard members are responsible for upkeep the building as well as maintaining the arena grounds. That includes weedeating and mowing the property. Then come the day of the rodeo, they open the guard shack so there is food and refreshments avaible. They also dig up the arena and keep it in working order for the days events.

Along with the Guard are their families who help as a working backbone to the process as well. It's even a great place for the guard kids to learn money counting skills!

Missouri Governors Mounted Guard King Jack Park

Missouri Governors Mounted Guard King Jack Park

Missouri Governors Mounted Guard King Jack Park

Missouri Governors Mounted Guard King Jack Park

Missouri Governors Mounted Guard King Jack Park

If you were able to make it out for this AYRA event, then thank you for helping to support the youth of today as well as the Missouri Governor's Mounted Guard.

See you at the next event! (hint: we're the ones in the Yellow shirts unless we're the Guard gals, then we're in blue ;))

Have you floated away yet? If you live pretty much in the Midwest, you know what I'm referring to, all. the. rain. Now we shouldn't complain to much because come this summer we'll be burnt up and asking for rain! Keep that in mind!

This past weekend however was the 13th Annual Trails for Kid trail ride held at beautiful Underwood's Crag O'Lea in Pineville, MO.

Missouri Governor's Mounted Guard Trails for Kids

and to say it rained would be a bit of an understatement!

Friday night started off the events. There was Karaoke as well as a Baked Good Auction. Trust me, you didn't leave this one hungry and if you did, it was your own fault!

Missouri Governor's Mounted Guard Trails for Kids

Just an example

Then it rained. It rained and it rained and it poured some more.

Saturday morning we all started watching the weather. There were multiple storms that were supposed to blow through and around the area and there was warnings of flash floodings on top of that. In fact, we started moving some of the travel trailers just to make sure nothing happened to anyone or their belongings due to weather.

Missouri Governor's Mounted Guard Trails for Kids

Missouri Governor's Mounted Guard Trails for Kids

Around 8:30-9am, the rain hit and it poured some more. By the end of the day we could have sold mud baths and made money. There was mud everywhere. So everyone just hunkered down and waited out the showers.

Missouri Governor's Mounted Guard Trails for Kids

The morning ride was supposed to start at 9am but because of the rain, the ride got postponed. Then there were announcements that there was a Horse Shoes competition at one of the big tents. Sadly there was so much mud that that kind of didn't happen either.

Missouri Governor's Mounted Guard Trails for Kids

Missouri Governor's Mounted Guard Trails for Kids

Finally around 11 the rain showers started to let up. The radar showed that another round would hit around 1, so instead of one big organized ride, people just started out on mini rides to get some trails in before the second round of showers hit.

Missouri Governor's Mounted Guard Trails for Kids

Missouri Governor's Mounted Guard Trails for Kids

Missouri Governor's Mounted Guard Trails for Kids

Missouri Governor's Mounted Guard Trails for Kids

Truth be told, if you went out on the trail riding adventure, chances were good you got wet. The ride I happened to be on, it rained the whole time we were on the trail except for the last 30-45 minutes and we were out almost 2 hours. It was just a good day to get wet and muddy! And I know I keep mentioning the mud, but you couldn't get away from it.

Around 4pm was the duck race. People were able to purchase 2 ducks for $5 and try their luck to win the cashola prize (sometimes words need to be made up for effect!).

The duck race was held at the river. The ducks were all numbered and dumped in up stream, then they cruised on down the river to where the "duck catchers" were waiting. The only problem was the bottom of the duck net wasn't weighted down and ducks started escaping. What's the best way to catch a duck? Throw the kids in and let them use the river water to wash the mud off of them!

Missouri Governor's Mounted Guard Trails for Kids

Missouri Governor's Mounted Guard Trails for Kids

Missouri Governor's Mounted Guard Trails for Kids

Missouri Governor's Mounted Guard Trails for Kids

Finally around 6pm it was time for everyone to convene under the large tent for the nights large item auction. During the auction a few presentations were made as well as the winner of the Duck race.

Missouri Governor's Mounted Guard Trails for Kids

And to prove there was mud, especially because al of this talk I'm sure you don't believe there was mud..... Oh and should I mention that Saturday afternoon the sun finally came out?

Missouri Governor's Mounted Guard Trails for Kids

Sunday's events started out with Cowboy Church followed by afternoon trail rides. The weather was perfect on Sunday!

Proceeds from both auctions and the duck race went toward the CP Center. With all the rain and mud, we're still pleased to announce this year's donations raised for the CP center was...... drum roll please....... $31, 026.00.

A huge thank you to everyone who came out and braved the mud to support this great cause!

I'm sure you've been watching all the hype on facebook about the upcoming Cowboy Trade & Play Day held this past Saturday...

Missouri Governor's Mounted Guard Cowboy Trade & Play Day

Well... if you attended I hope you survived. No truthfully it wasn't all that bad other than it was extremely cold!!!! BRRRRRRRRRRRRR!!!

With all the rain that has happened recently, the arena was way to wet to open up, but that didn't stop us from having fun! We just saddled up the horses and rode on the outside of the arena, around and around we went.

Missouri Governor's Mounted Guard Cowboy Trade & Play Day

Dr. Kutchura was on hand to draw blood for coggins checks on all horses and mules that entered the premises and it was great because you got same day results. On top of that vendors set up with lots of different tack and western options for your households as well as Duffers Horseshoeing was set up to get those feet set just right for the horses and mules.

Missouri Governor's Mounted Guard Cowboy Trade & Play Day

Missouri Governor's Mounted Guard Cowboy Trade & Play Day

Other than the bitterness of the weather, it was a GREAT day and we hope that you were able to come out and participate!

Missouri Governor's Mounted Guard Cowboy Trade & Play Day

And that's the one thing about Missouri weather, if you don't like it, stick around it'll change in 30 minutes. By the end of the day the sun was out, the wind had calmed down and it wasn't half bad.

We shouldn't complain though because it could have been the extreme opposite and been blistering hot. That's Missouri for you!

If you missed this year's play day, pay attention next spring to the facebook page where the new information about the play day will become available first!

Happy Monday.

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