“Back in 2008 the Hualapai tribe started the Hualapai junior rodeo. 50/50 participation of boys and girls participating in the rodeo and the community members that competed in those rodeos have gone on to ranching on their own.”
Winkie Crook, 34
Peach Springs, Arizona
You’ll find rancher and community organizer Winkie Crook, just off Route 66. When he’s not busy working his ranch, or at his job with the Hualapai Department of Natural Resources, he’s helping keep Hualapai horsemanship alive. Winkie teaches essential rodeo skills to anyone who wants to learn. He also founded the Hualapai Jr. Rodeo in 2008. His daughter Amery, and nieces Taylor, Tacey, Teagan, Talicyn and Teius, all join in with the lessons.
We have always ridden together.
A thunder of hooves, a rising prayer, roping in the sky as one.