A unique event will commence on Saturday, Sept. 19, at the Doc Haskins Arena, the fifth annual Horse Whisper Event.
The free family event – held from 5 to 8:30 p.m. – is sponsored by Diamond First Baptist Church.
“The main purpose is to outreach and to demonstrate how we care for the community as well as share an important message,” Diamond First Baptist Church Pastor Ron Crow said. “Amanda [Cook, horse trainer] will be sharing her testimony and horsemanship techniques and how that relates to our lives.”
Events include free food, buggy rides, popcorn, hot dogs, barbecue, cowboy beans, balloon launch, entertainment with The Kellys and Ninth Hour, horseback rides and prize drawings.
This is Cook’s first time to participate in the event.
“I am going to be using horsemanship to tell my testimony, about my personal story,” she said. “For people that want to come and learn about horsemanship, they are going to come and they will be able to take some stuff home with them.”
Cook, 29, is originally from Snowflake, Ariz., and moved to Wheaton last September. She is a horse trainer at W5 Ranch in Cassville, a motivational speaker and a riding instructor.
“I have been a student of horsemanship since I was a very small child,” Cook said. “I’ve always worked with horses and wanted to train them. From the time I was a small child, I was constantly reading horse training articles and studying horsemanship.”
Before Cook broke her first horse to ride, she trained a jersey steer to drive and ride.
“I was just a small girl and pretty proud that I’d trained my first animal to ride,” Cook said. “I rodeoed for years, competing in barrel racing, breakaway calf roping, team roping and other events. Around the age of 19, I began working for and apprenticing with different world renown horse trainers. I spent many years of my life living at different horse farms and working with the trainers on these farms. I was never satisfied, I always wanted to know more about horses and training them.”
For a long time Cook’s passion for horses was a self-serving one. She wanted to become big and famous.
But that all changed.
“It was all about me and what I wanted,” Cook noted. “Then God began working on me, and I handed the reins of my life over to Jesus Christ. My heart began to change. I started wanting to use the knowledge I had to help other people. Although I still train, give lessons, and speak at different events. I am especially excited about the work God allows me to do with children. I now work with and speak to kids at horse camps and different events throughout the year. Kids love horses and it’s an open door to step into a their life and bless them.”
Page 2 of 2 - Asked if she has a favorite quote which is her theme and reason for speaking, Cook said, 1 Corinthians 2:14.
“Thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads me in triumph and through me spreads and makes evident the fragrance of the knowledge of God everywhere.”
For more information, contact Diamond First Baptist Church at 325-6486.
WANT TO GO?
What: Fifth annual Horse Whisper
When: From 5-8:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19
Where: Two miles east of Diamond on Hwy. J
Information: Diamond First Baptist Church 325-6486.