One of the most popular activities at the Tulsa Reining Classic, August 29-September 2, takes place, not in the arena, but nearby in the Ford Exhibit Hall! Tulsa Kids’ Time offers exciting interactive activities for the little ones, hosted by daycare veteran Bess Bouley.
“We are glad that we are able to continue growing our children’s program at the Tulsa Reining Classic,” Show Manager Cheryl Cody stated. “Bess will return to provide daily sessions for kids, ages ten and under.”
Bouley, from Maple Plains, Minnesota, began her career working with kids in a special education program and has thirty years of experience in child care and preschool. Cody noted, “The children love ‘Ms. Bess’ and her innovative and fun approach to learning is one that fits well with the horse show atmosphere. For years her Rainbow Daycare and Preschool was a mainstay for her area and we are thrilled to have someone with her experience here at the show!”
Bess has simple but important goals for the program. “I always want to provide a safe and educational environment where I can help children grow and become comfortable in their independence. Even away from home at a show, we want the kids and their families to feel cared about and have something special to look forward to each day.”
The sessions are daily from Monday through Saturday. Each session includes a craft project, physical activity, and fun learning activities. Cody concluded, “The kids at the show have so much fun with Bess. She understands the challenges of carving out special time for younger kids within the fast-paced show environment because of her deep roots in the horse business. Our emphasis is on taking the time to make younger kids feel welcome and included at the show. A new feature this year for the kids will be a special table with bible coloring books and crayons that will be set up during the church services on each Sunday.”
Of course, the kids who attend Tulsa Kids’ Time are often the ones seen in the popular Leadline Class, once again sponsored by Dr. Joe Carter’s Oklahoma Equine Hospital. Not only do participants receive a special Tulsa Bear, but the whole group – including Bouley – gets to cheer each other on.
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