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Special Needs Rodeo June 17, Belle Fourche

BELLE FOURCHE – Special needs children will have an opportunity to do a little "rodeoing" themselves when the State High School Finals Rodeo comes to Belle Fourche June 13 – 18. It's the second year for the event, scheduled for June 17, and the committee is pumped and ready to go.

The event will pair a rodeo contestant from across the state with special needs youngsters in a series of rodeo activities. Activities include horse and non-horse events including roping activities, a bucking machine, stick horse races, petting zoo, and other hands-on things to do. There will be something there for all ages and abilities.

Horses are provided by Sun Catchers and will definitely be gentle, according to Rhonda Fuhrer who is the Black Hills Roundup committee member organizing the event. There will be side-walkers and horse handlers for the kids that don't have any riding experience. "Riders will be required to wear a helmet and helmets are provided," Fuhrer said.

According to the BH Roundup Special Rodeo website, long pants and closed toe shoes are also required. Every precaution will be taken to ensure that the Special Needs Rodeo activities will be safe.

Each participant will receive an award along with a special photo of themselves with the award. Everyone will also collect a T-shirt.

"It's awesome to see how the high school students react with them," Fuhrer shared. "It is an inspiring experience."

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Last year there were over 80 participants, some coming from as far away as Pierre. This year promises to be as big or bigger, according to Fuhrer. It's not too late to enter, Fuhrer said. Check out the Facebook page at Black Hills Roundup Special Rodeo, call Rhonda at 605-210-3267, email her at kfuhrer@midco.net or just show up. "No one will be left out," said Fuhrer.

The Black Hills Roundup website at blackhillsroundup.com also has an entry form for the event scheduled for Saturday, June 17 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

There is no cost to participants or to spectators. It should prove to be a heartwarming morning.

The event is sponsored by the Black Hills Roundup committee.

–Reprinted with permission from the Butte County Post