On Wednesday July 23, local public safety officers will have the opportunity to take part in a training from the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association
. Cindy Schonholtz, PRCA's Director of Industry Outreach, will lead participants through a variety of topics from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. covering everything from livestock welfare and veterinary care to rodeo facilities and emergency management.
Snowmass Village is host to one of the country's longest running rodeos
. By attending this training, staff and members of the community
have the opportunity to get an in-depth behind the scenes look at the
programs, policies, and practices in place to ensure that rodeos are
According to Tina White, Snowmass Village Animal Services Officer, this training is offered to animal control officers and other public safety officers that have a rodeo within their jurisdiction so that they can gain a better understanding of rodeos and the ethics behind them. Then, if they get complaints or calls about animal cruelty, they should have the tools to move forward in the most effective manner.
The training kicks off at 9 a.m. at Snowmass Village Town Hall. Participants will spend a half day in the 'classroom,' and a half day outside at the rodeo grounds. A full training agenda is available here