‘Horse Whisperer’ returns this weekend

Published 3:00 am Thursday, March 17, 2016

The Burning Bush Cowboy Church is bringing The Horse Whisperer back to Cattleman Park at 6:30 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free and everyone is invited.

Chance Hill will again take center stage with a two- to four-year-old horse that has never been ridden and has not been halter broken. Within two hours, Hill will mount and ride the horse.

“All the while Chance is ‘whispering’ to the horse, he uses the same method in relating his message about God and Jesus to the audience,” said Donnie Smith, church member.

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When The Horse Whispered was at Cattleman Park last year, one side of the arena was filled. Smith estimated between 500 and 600 people attended.

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

Hill, who is from Satsuma, travels across Alabama training horses and sharing the gospel. Hill learned to whisper-train an unbroken horse to the saddle from his dad.

“What he can do with an animal like that is amazing,” Walker said.

“Chance will work with an unbroken horse in such a way that the horse will put his faith and trust in him and allow Chance to get on his back and ride.”

Walker said Hill uses the time he is training 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.”

The Horse Whisperer program is offered to the community free of charge in hopes that all who want to come will take advantage of this opportunity.

The community is also invited to attend Sunday morning services at 10:30 at The Burning Bush Cowboy Church, which is located on the grounds of Cattleman Park.

The Burning Bush Cowboy Church is dedicate to the community and to bringing family-oriented event to Pike County.

The church will sponsor a Little Boots Rodeo in the spring. Dates and times will be announced at a later date.