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Catterick soldiers to swap their helmets for stetsons
1:29pm Friday 23rd August 2013 in News
A GROUP of soldiers are about to fulfil a childhood dream – and become cowboys.
They will be swapping their helmets for Stetsons during a week-long visit to the Arizona Cowboy College,
Next month’s trip has been organised by Corporal Rupert “Burt” Reynolds, 29, a section commander with the Parachute Company at Catterick Garrison’s Infantry Training Centre.
Cpl Reynolds, who has completed three operational tours to Afghanistan and two tours in Iraq, has visited the college privately several times and thought other people should experience the intense course.
Under the military adventure training programme he persuaded his superiors that Exercise Catterick Wrangler would enhance the teamwork and leadership skills of each soldier by placing them in a challenging pursuit environment and an unfamiliar location.
“The guys are going to enjoy this once in a lifetime experience,” he said.
“Every boy, from being a child, wanted to become a cowboy and now they can live the dream.
“It’s absolutely fantastic and they will come away with a cowboy certificate. It’s a bit like taking an intensive driving course except it’s on a horse.”
As part of their stay on the working desert ranch the soldiers will learn rope skills including lassoing, how to shoe a horse, gain knowledge of disease, sickness and medication, be trained how to brand a horse or cow and become skilled at cattle work.
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