Colorado State University’s Temple Grandin Equine Center will help host the Exceptional Rodeo at the National Western Stock Show this year. The modified rodeo event pairs a child with special needs and a professional rodeo athlete.
The event will be held 11:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 17, at the Coliseum at the National Western Stock Show, 4655 Humboldt St., Denver, Colo.
Each child participating in the Exceptional Rodeo gets to experience six adaptive rodeo events with the assistance from their professional cowboy or cowgirl. Additionally, each child receives their own cowboy hat, t-shirt, lariat rope, and a trophy. At the end of the event, the children and the athletes exchange autographs and take pictures. Throughout the event, PRCA Rodeo Announcers will provide live commentary as the children work through the events.
This community outreach event will include students from elementary schools in areas neighboring the National Western Stock Show complex: Swansea Elementary and Garden Place Elementary.
“The Exceptional Rodeo is a great community outreach event, showcasing agriculture and Western lifestyle programming in an urban setting,” said Adam Daurio, director of CSU’s Temple Grandin Equine Center. “This is just one example of how CSU, the National Western Stock Show, and the City of Denver are working together to enhance community outreach around the new National Western Center. This event also is great way to announce the launch of CSU’s equine-assisted therapy program in Denver. The Temple Grandin Equine Center will start equine-assisted therapy programming on the National Western location beginning in March, and eventually will be housed within CSU facilities at the new National Western Center.”
Jennifer Dimas at (970) 988-4265 or Jennifer.Dimas@colostate.edu