Special Kids Have Special Day at Redding Rodeo

May 14, 2013 7:49 PM

It's a Rodeo Week tradition, a special day for the youngest cowboys and cowgirls. Children with disabilities get their turn around the Redding Rodeo Grounds.

For riders in the Redding Rodeo, being on a horse is an everyday occurrence, but for some local school children, it is a special occasion.

Every year, the Redding Rodeo Association teams up with the Asphalt Cowboys for Special Kids Day. They invite children with disabilities to the grounds to spend time with the horses.

"It's a good experience for them, I think, to just be able to get out of the school environment to a different situation, and they really rise up to their expectations when they're here, so they have a great time," said Bonny View School special education teacher Shirley Harris.

After working hard at school reading and writing, students are ready to get into the ring.

"It's one thing to talk in a classroom about a horse or the rodeo. It's just not the same as being able to experience it, feel it, be a part of it, smell it, everything. It's just wonderful," said Cypress teacher Diane Sittig.

Special Kids Day is a favorite for both the kids, and the adults that make it happen.

"It wouldn't matter if it were one or two thousand or them, we'd all be here anyway," said Rick Williams of the Redding Rodeo Association.


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