Silas Kitto Jr.
This past year, I started working with other people’s horses and participating in memorial and honoring rides. On these rides, I usually rode green broke horses to put some miles on them. I had to use the owner’s gear, since I did not own a horse or have riding equipment. I was honored for participating and given a couple horses by elders.
I also attempted to start a youth riding club in Santee. We had a couple of meetings but were unable to get it off the ground. Even though I wasn’t able to accomplish this, me and a small group of younger boys decided to ride together to become better horsemen and just have fun. Then this summer, I also began riding junior bulls. I really enjoy this and was able to borrow equipment. One of the younger boys went with me to a couple of rodeos and participated in steer riding.
But, I have not given up on the idea of starting a youth riding club, I want to share with other kids in my community what it is to be a Dakota/Lakota horseman and bull rider.
Year(s) Awarded: 2021