The Special Kids Rodeo is designed to provide kids with special needs the chance to experience Roots N' Boots in a safe and supportive event.

Overview *

Roots N’ Boots Queen Creek is excited to announce the 4th Annual Special Kids Rodeo (SKR). This event will feature fun cowboy activities just for special kids!

The free event is limited to 150 children from 5 years old through High School, who are receiving special education services through their local schools and/or Arizona Department of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) providers.

SKR is scheduled for Friday, March 17, 2017 from 8am until 12pm  rain or shine at Horseshoe Park and Equestrian Center located at 20464 E Riggs Rd, Queen Creek, AZ 85142 (directions).   All activities will take place under cover and on a hard-packed dirt surface that is “wheelchair friendly.”

There is no charge for your child to participate in SKR, but parking is $5 per vehicle.

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It warms my heart that the children will have an opportunity for a true rodeo experience.
Marley S, Chandler Unified School District, Works with Special Needs Youth
My son did the last one and it was a blast!
Jessica H, via Facebook

Application Process *

All applications must be received by 6 March 2017 and space is limited to 150 kids. If you have more than one child with special needs, please complete a separate application for each child, and add a note that they are siblings. Your child must have a completed and signed release form to participate.

SKR registration forms or questions should be sent to skr_registration@friendsofhorseshoepark.org

Any other questions should be sent to skr@friendsofhorseshoepark.org

Forms are here.

NOTE: two forms must be completed for each SKR participant

Each registered participant will receive a donated prize and one (1) PRCA Pro Rodeo voucher.

NOTE: If your child is afraid of animals, clowns, balloons and/or mascots, the Special Kids Rodeo experience may not be a good fit for him or her.

Siblings without special needs may not participate – NO EXCEPTIONS – however we invite them to be spectators or participate in the Family Rodeo, Ranch Dressing, and Xtreme Teen Rodeo events on Saturday, March 18th, 2017.

All SKR Rodeo buckaroos will gather at the SKR Rodeo Contestant area to be greeted and partnered with a buddy to assist them in completing activities as they journey down “Rodeo Road.” Children move from one station to another enjoying multi-sensory activities.

The various opportunities are described below.

 

Activities *

Feed Store

At these stations each child will be able to touch and smell different feeds that are given to rodeo livestock and experience everyday tools used by cowboys and cowgirls to take care of their horses. To encourage the child to dig into the feed, a prize will be buried in the feed and they will receive their own “stock” after grooming to keep.

Tack Room

Our local SASI riding group will educate each buck a roo on the importance of live stock feed, what they like, what kind of equipment is needed an why. Each participant will be able to sit in a saddle and touch and smell different livestock feeds and groom a miniature pony.

Buckaroo Picture

A photographer will be available to take photos of each participant with our own Roots N’ Boots Royalty.

Cowboy Camp

What could be more like the old west than sitting around a campfire singing songs?

Barrel Races

Giddy Up! Each special cowpoke will complete a smaller pattern just like the barrel racers do!

Bull Dogging

“Hold on Cowboy!” Experience the rush of taking down a 600lb Steer! Don’t worry about your little buckaroo, these steers are made out of plastic!

Roping Pen

Cowpokes can try their hand at roping a steer. Think it may be tricky for your child? Never fear, they will be given pointers to make them the next champions!

Branding

Each rodeo participant will get to create their own brand and understand why branding our livestock is so important.

 

Additional Activities *

These activities are open to the family of SKR participants

Meet the 2017 Queens

Meet the 2017 Roots N’ Boots Rodeo Queen Court! Get your picture with them and their autograph! Throughout the event, these ladies as well as our PRCA bull fighters and rodeo announcer Dan Fowlie, and other Special Guests will be on hand to interact with the kids – giving the event a true cowboy flair!

SKR Sponsors *

Here’s a big tip of the cowboy hat to all the SKR sponsors who made it possible for “A Day of Yes’s.”

  • Contact us to be a Sponsor!

SKR Raffle *

We are again selling SKR Raffle tickets – $5 each or 5 for $20.

Tickets can be at the Special Sale Opportunities listed here, or any day during Roots N’ Boots Queen Creek.

The drawing will be held during the Sunday performance and you do not need to be present to win.

Items being raffled are:

  • Get Clean Kit – Vickey Wootten
  • Riding Lessons – Patti Garbe, Baro Ranch and Equestrian Center
  • Western Picture Frames – Dan Garbe
  • Leather Braided Dog Leash – Katheryn Fellows
  • Facial & Mary Kay Products – Beth Wootten
  • Bucket of Stuff – Queen Creek Tractor Supply
  • one half cow, broken into four individual boxes of 50lbs each – Southwest Processing
  • Artwork – Paula Bausch

…. and more stuff being donated every day!