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.
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Roots N’ Boots Queen Creek is excited to announce the 9th Annual Special Kids Rodeo (SKR). This event will feature fun cowboy activities just for special kids!
The free event is open to 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 13, 2020 from 9am until 1pm 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. No pre-registration is required for individuals.
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If you are a group or school, registration is required, but individuals need only come to the event during the activity hours to participate.
Please fill out a waiver for each child with special needs and bring it with you to the rodeo! Waivers are a required item so don’t forget to bring yours!
If you have more than one child with special needs, a separate waiver is required for each child, and add a note that they are siblings. Your child must have a completed and signed waiver to participate.
Questions can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
Forms are here.
NOTE: a waiver must be completed for each SKR participant
Each 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 Kids N’ Kritters, Ranch Dressing, and Xtreme Teen Rodeo events on Saturday. Please check the full event schedule for details.
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.
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.
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.
A photographer will be available to take photos of each participant with our own Roots N’ Boots Royalty.
What could be more like the old west than sitting around a campfire singing songs?
Giddy Up! Each special cowpoke will complete a smaller pattern just like the barrel racers do!
“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!
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!
Each rodeo participant will get to create their own brand and understand why branding our livestock is so important.
These activities are open to the family of SKR participants
Meet the Queens
Meet the 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!
Free Petting Zoo and Pony Rides
Smiling faces, laughter and adorable animals are what you will find when you check out our Petting Zoo! Sponsored by Passey Farms, entry into the Petting Zoo is free! You may also have the opportunity to purchase feed to give to the animals. Your little one – and even the older folks in your group – will enjoy getting up close and personal with animals such as goats, chickens, and perhaps an alpalca!
Right next door to the Petting Zoo you will also find the Pony Rides! For just $5 your little wrangler can ride a gentle equine friend, which will be just their size!
Located just outside the southeast corner of the covered Arena #1, the petting zoo and pony rides will be open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday – see our Schedule for hours of operation.