Four things to know about Monument Health’s Special Rodeo

RAPID CITY, S.D. – Anyone can kick up some dirt Saturday at Monument Health’s Special Rodeo. The free event is accommodating to individuals with disabilities of all ages.

This Special Rodeo will also be the first year that the Suncatcher Therapeutic Riding Academy (TRA) will help out with the event and bring in some animals.

Activities at the Special Rodeo:

There are a number of activities that people can participate in, featuring riding and non-riding events for people to enjoy including:

  • Horseback rides with therapy horses from Suncatchers TRA
  • Stick horse barrel races
  • Dummy roping
  • Goat ribbon pull
  • Miniature horse painting

Photos from the 2022 Special Rodeo:

Location and time of event:

The special rodeo takes place in the Barnett Fieldhouse at The Monument on Saturday with a free lunch at noon for participants and volunteers. Registration will then start at 1 p.m., followed by the Special Rodeo at 2 p.m.

Why Suncatcher TRA enjoys helping out with events like this:

“One of the things that’s so amazing about connecting people of all abilities with horses, with other animals, is we see the connections that we have and it increased just a simple joy in life,” Francie Fortune, executive director of Suncatcher TRA, said. “Horses also have been shown to have some incredible benefit for people — building confidence, helping with healing through trauma and so many things that so many of us deal with on a daily basis.”

Suncatcher’s first year bringing horses:

Fortune says that they’ve had some amazing volunteers who continue to go out and work with the horses in the fall and winter to get them ready.

“The horses are just excited because they get really bored in the winter time, and then they miss their people,” she said. “So, all of the horses that are coming in are incredibly excited about being able to be here and be part of that as well.”

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