It’s all about the kids at rodeo Magic

A spe­cial rodeo ex­pe­ri­ence for kids with spe­cial needs

Metro Canada (Edmonton) - - World - Krista sylvester

Run­ning for over 30 years now, Cana­dian Fi­nals Rodeo has been of­fer­ing kids with spe­cial needs a spe­cial rodeo ex­pe­ri­ence dubbed Rodeo Magic, ac­cord­ing to North­lands event de­vel­op­ment spe­cial­ist Macken­zie Parish.

“It’s an im­por­tant com­mu­nity piece to con­nect our con­tes­tants with our pub­lic schools in Ed­mon­ton and sur­round­ing ar­eas and for the kids who have spe­cial needs to have that ex­pe­ri­ence in the dirt and meet cow­boys and cow­girls and some roy­alty,” Parish ex­plains, adding 155 kids have been in­vited to par­tic­i­pate this year.

“It’s great for the kids to ex­pe­ri­ence some­thing they may not be able to do on a day to day ba­sis be­cause of crowds or how busy it gets. We give them one-on-one con­tes­tant times as each one of them are teamed up with our rodeo stars. They get to team up for hands on ac­tiv­i­ties and it’s re­ally cool for them.”

Ac­tiv­i­ties in­clude a mix of fun-sized rodeo events, like Stick Horse Rac­ing and Bronco Bar­rel Rid­ing.

Hay bales are set up like stock an­i­mals for the steer rop­ing event, giv­ing the kids real tar­gets to prac­tice on. There’s even a horse­back ride.

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ac­tiv­i­ties in­clude a mix of fun-sized rodeo events, like stick Horse rac­ing and bronco bar­rel rid­ing.

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