AN ABUNDANCE OF SMILES WERE BRIGHT IN NRG CENTER FOR THE LIL’ RUSTLERS RODEO
There was not a shortage of smiles coming from the kids during the Lil’ Rustlers Rodeo in the NRG Center’s Main Arena on Wednesday, March 9.
The Lil’ Rustlers Rodeo is an event for special needs children to become a cowboy for a day.
The three-night event features different events for children to participate in, like stick horse barrel racing, rocking horse bronc riding and horseback riding.
Spectators and parents watched with admiration as the children participated in different events and waved as the little cowboys and cowgirls rode by on horseback.
“It’s really good for the kids,” said one of the parents.
Special Children’s Committee Vice Chair Erin Field described why this is such a spectacular event for the participants.
“The kids get to experience the Rodeo like most people don’t get to,” said Field. “The kids get to feel like a true rodeo cowboy and the parents get to see from the stands.”
The Lil’ Rustlers Rodeo started back in the mid-1980s and it is one of the many things that makes the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo™ so special.
This event is hosted by the Special Children’s Committee, with the help of numerous volunteers from other committees. These volunteers help to ensure participants have a memorable experience, by accompanying them through different activities.
As the riders and horses circled the arena, there was a twinkle in the participants’ eyes — one that was filled with joy and memories that will last a lifetime.