Cattleman Park hosting horse whisperer

Published 3:00 am Thursday, January 22, 2015

The Burning Bush Cowboy Church and the Alabama State Board of Missions will present Chance Hill as “The Horse Whisperer” at 6:30 p.m. aSaturday at Cattleman Park.

Admission is free, door prizes will be given and everyone is invited.

Alvie Walker, pastor of The Burning Bush Cowboy Church, said watching the horse whisperer work is a unique and inspirational experience.

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Hill is from Satsuma and travels across Alabama training horses and sharing the gospel.

“Chance Hill learned to whisper train an unbroken horse to the saddle from his dad, and what he can do with an animal like that is amazing,” Walker said. “Chance is only about 23 years old but he is a horse whisperer.”

Walker said Hill will take a horse that has never been saddled or ridden and work with him as he shares the gospel of Jesus Christ with the audience.

“Chance will take a unbroken horse and work with him in such a way that the horse will put his faith and trust in him,” Walker said. “At the end of the program, Chance will get on the horse and ride.”

Walker said Hill uses the time he trains the horse as a vehicle to illustrate a person’s relationship with God.

“We have to learn to put our trust and faith in God and be willing to follow him and submit to his will for us,” Walker said. “The Horse Whisperer presents a visual example of what can be accomplished when the horse begins to trust and respect his trainer and obey his commands. The same applies to us in our Christian walk.”

Walker said The Horse Whisperer is offered to the community free of charge simply because the sponsoring organizations want people to come.

“We want people to come because they want to be there,” he said. “We don’t want people to stay away because they are unable to pay. We don’t want attending The Horse Whisperer to be a hardship on anyone. We just want people of all ages to come and enjoy watching as an unbroken horse puts his faith in his trainer and allows the trainer to lead him in the right direction, just as we should put our faith and trust in God and let Him lead us in the right direction.

“Chance’s performance will be a lead-in to Sunday morning when we will hold the first worship service at The Burning Bush Cowboy Church, which is located on the grounds of Cattleman Park,” Walker said. “We have a newly renovated sanctuary and we’ll have a baptism as a part of the service. We invite all of those who feel they would benefit from Cowboy Church to join us as we begin this new ministry in Pike County.”

The service will begin at 10:30. Dress is informal and all are welcome.