AHA Holds 35th Annual Cowboy Camp Meeting

August 12, 2017 | Cherelyn Strickland

Every Fourth of July horse lovers and friends from the West Coast gather for camp meeting under a big tent out in God’s second book, nature. This year Cowboy Camp Meeting, hosted by the Adventist Horseman's Association (AHA), was held at Mount Adams Horse Camp in Washington, where there is a beautiful view of the mountain. Campers (and those who came just for Sabbath) enjoyed Eric Brown’s daily messages on the topic of salvation. Brown is the senior pastor of the Coeur d'Alene Church in Idaho.

This was a wonderful time with lots of singing, riding horses on the beautiful trails, friends, kids, visiting and plenty of wild strawberries to eat. During the six days there were scheduled activities such as an auction, fireside stories and games, potlucks, a trail challenge to judge rider and horse on how well they accomplish certain events along a marked trail, a kids' parade with horses and riders decorated for Independence Day, and more.

In the past, there have been talent shows, Dutch-oven cooking demos, horse-training clinics and kids’ days during which kids have different events to accomplish on their horses in the meadow.

The vocal group Handpicked sang for the worship service and gave a concert in the afternoon. Everyone enjoyed many old hymns and Handpicked’s great singing with the view of Mount Adams in the background.

Next year the camp meeting will be July 3–8. The location will be decided during the next officers' meeting in October. Anyone is welcome, whether you’re Adventist or non-Adventist, a camper or a day visitor, or have a horse or just a stick horse.

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