Rodeo for Special Needs Children

Staff Report
NewsWest 9

As part of all the festivities for the Sandhills Rodeo this weekend, some special West Texas kids got the chance to try a little riding and roping.

The 7th Annual Rodeo for Special Needs Children was held at Ector County Coliseum.

Each year this rodeo gives children with special needs like autism, cerebral palsy, head injuries and others the opportunity to participate in the rodeo events.

Saturday morning's special rodeo was sponsored by Christian Youth Night at the Sandhills Rodeo, but those in charge say for the kids, it's more than just a fun event, it's also a form of therapy in riding the horses.

"I like doing this, because I'm a therapist anyway, and so I work with the children in therapy, but this is a fun activity for them to come out and to just really let loose, and they don't know they're doing therapy, and they're just laughing and having a good time. So that makes me feel good," Alice Cunningham, Coordinator of the Special Rodeo.

In addition, coordinators say they're happy to be a part of an event designed for those special children.