RAPID CITY, SOUTH DAKOTA – Monument Health’s Special Rodeo offers a variety of rodeo events that are suitable for people with disabilities of all ages.
Rodeo activities include face painting, dummy roping, stick racing, petting and bullfighting.
Each participant was paired with two volunteers. There are many organizations and people out there to help with the event, including:
“So, my daughter Abby works with SunCatcher and volunteers for therapeutic rides. My husband Neil came last year and he rode with the horses. My son Luke is helping with the noose and Ashley is helping the Get face painting,” says Cristina Sanders, a pediatric physical therapist at Monument Health. “Kids of different ability levels in the community can come and feel a part of it.”
Due to the cold weather, SunCatcher Therapeutic Riding Academy was unable to get their horses out due to the risk of injury.
However, a volunteer at the Black Mountain Stock Show knew a guy who had a horse and he brought it in for the kids to pet.
“They all had smiles on their faces when they came to see us, which was great to see,” said Tate Luedke, 20, from Kaputa.
Photos from the 2023 Monument Health Special Rodeo:
Many said seeing the smiles on the participants having fun at the different activities was contagious.
Jared Quaschnick, 27, of Deadwood:
Joe and Patrick Sabrowski, 54 and 31, of Rapid City: