Cowgirls school students
Lautaret sisters offer rodeo insights at Hualapai
KINGMAN - It's not every day Hualapai Elementary students get to see someone get roped. They had that privilege Friday when two champion Women's Professional Rodeo Association riders, Dolli and Jolee Lautaret, demonstrated their lasso skills and let students interact with horses Dani and Twinkie.
Hualapai Elementary kindergartner Sheldon Privettes was one of the students to witness the presentation and pet a horse.
"It was really exciting," Privettes said.
The team rope and barrel competitors made a presentation in advance of the Andy Devine Days Rodeo.
"Anything for the kids," Dolli said. "Anything for the community. Anything to get the word out about the rodeo."
They have done similar educational presentations to students at local schools in the past, Dolli said.
"What's more fun than this?" Dolli said. "I can't think of anything."
Dolli and her daughter Jolee were put in contact with the school through one of the student's parents, kindergarten teacher Yvonne Kilby said.
Beyond tying it into the academic studies, Kilby said she hoped students would become more involved with the community.
Plus, "it encourages them to go the rodeo," Kilby said.
In her 13 years at the school, Kilby said her previous students have seen similar presentations.
"They love it," Kilby said. "They'll talk about it for days and days because it's real to them, not just on pen and paper. They thrive on this."