Special Children’s Events

The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo™ is an experience everyone should enjoy. The Rodeo’s Special Children’s Committee interviews social agencies and schools so physically/developmentally challenged children and adults may attend Houston’s biggest event.

Participation in these events are through social agencies and schools on our agency list. The limited number of tickets are distributed as equitably as possible every year. If your social agency or school would like to be on the list to be considered, please send an email to [email protected].

Top Hands Horse Show

Riders of all ages and skill levels from therapeutic riding facilities from Houston and the surrounding areas are offered the opportunity to participate in this competitive horse show. It consists of classes in showmanship at halter, English equitation, Western equitation, trail-obstacle, pole bending and barrel racing. The competition includes divisions based on the assistance needed by the rider, enabling a variety of riders with different levels of disabilities to participate.


The Lil’ Rustlers Rodeo puts 4 to 10 year old special needs children in the middle of the action as they compete in the Main Arena of NRG Center. This lively, fun event occurs on three nights with nearly 60 participants each night. Little bull riders, steer ropers and barrel racers let their imaginations run wild as they live out cowboy dreams with fun and safe critters, assisted by real cowboys and cowgirls.

Special Children's Committee Day Tours

The Special Children’s Committee hosts tours for more than 1,500 special needs individuals. These groups, which are primarily from schools, have the opportunity to tour AGVENTURE, see the pig races, spend the day at Fun on the Farm, and more.


Each year, approximately 3,000 special-needs children and adults watch the Rodeo competition over a three-night period.


Thursday, February 29, 2024

A Sensory Friendly Experience is held in select areas of the carnival to promote an accommodating and positive experience for all Rodeo guests with sensory sensitivities or challenges. During this time, there will be minimal lights and sounds permitted in the carnival.

Sensory Day Map | Sensory Day Ride List