Building Confidence for Special Minds


Rough Rider Roundup is an inclusive, family-friendly outdoor event designed for the special needs community of Shasta County and the surrounding area. Rough Rider Roundup incorporates horse- and ranch-themed events into adaptable and accessible activities for children and adults of all ages and abilities. The event provides an active outlet for those with disabilities, encourages interactive play between children and adults with disabilities and those without, and brings families together for community celebration. The inaugural event is free and hosted by Roughout Ranch Foundation Inc., a 501(c)3 nonprofit public service organization.


Welcome to the 1st Annual Rough Rider Roundup—A Special Western Day for Kids and Adults of All Ages of the SPECIAL NEEDS COMMUNITY

You are invited as a Rough Rider contestant or a volunteer to participate in the 1st Annual Rough Rider Roundup. The roundup will provide the opportunity to give kids and adults of all ages, with diverse abilities, an active outlet to learn while having fun.

Rough Riders will experience adaptive "modified" rodeo-like activities where they become cowboys and cowgirls for the day. Contestants will enjoy: Riding stick horses and bouncy bulls around the obstacle course, riding barrel bulls, riding wooden broncs, roping steer dummies, barrel racing, riding the cow train, cow milking, corn shucking contest, the sheep herding demonstration, visiting the petting zoo, carnival games and more! During the roundup, contestants, parents/guardians and volunteers will be treated to a free lunch.

Each activity will be managed by volunteers in a loving, caring manner that promotes safety, fun and encouragement. We also encourage parent/guardian participation.

Please REGISTER EARLY by September 1, 2019 as space is limited to 20 contestants. Call Kathy O’Donnell to register or volunteer. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call Kathy at (209) 256-9640.

On the day of the event, the registered contestants will receive a back number, hat, bandanna, badge, rope and backpack to take home.

WHERE: Roughout Ranch, Bella Vista, CA
WHEN: Saturday, October 19, 2019
: 10:30 a.m.
FUN BEGINS: 11:30 a.m.

Don't miss the inaugural event Rough Rider Roundup in Bella Vista at Roughout Ranch, Saturday, October 19, 2019

Get To Know Us!

Roughout Ranch in Bella Vista is owned and managed by Kathy O'Donnell and Jim Cooke.  

Founder of Rough Rider Roundup and the Roughout Ranch Foundation Inc., Kathy decided to invest her life in the lives of others to help them discover a life that matters. She has inspired other individuals to look beyond their current situations and capabilities and explore their world with confidence and knowledge. She no longer wants to live a meaningless life—it's time to give her life by using the skills and knowledge she has received to build a better life for others.  It's “paying it forward, returning the favor.”

Out of those inspirations, skills and knowledge came Rough Rider Roundup. Rough Rider Roundup is an western heritage event for children and adults who are mentally or physically challenged. The intent is to provide the opportunity that gives people with disabilities an active outlet to have fun and participate in a “modified” rodeo doing rodeo-type activities where they become cowboys and cowgirls for the day.

Jim and his parents came to Shasta County in 1973 and built the ranch house on 30 acres. Jim has been a Luthier and successful owner of Bear Mountain Guitars for 25 years in Shasta County.

Kathy O'Donnell came to the ranch in 2016 and helps with day-to-day ranch management , projects and chores.  She also is an Old West Reenactor, Graphic Designer and Marketing Communications Specialist for a high tech firm in the Bay Area.

Donors & Sponsors


Special thanks to Don Enos, Paula Messer, Paul Hawkins, Cindee Oback, Lori Walker, Mom & Dad, Kevin McNulty, Tuesday Perry-Rubsam, Steve Buchan, Mary Kappler, Lem Hollins, Justine Cubbage TenZelden, Mike Welden, Mike Beigh, Steve Del Grande, Tina Holt, Catherine Hodgson, Valerie Brand, Barbara Perna, Denise Shanahan, Steven Scrievers, Carolyn Cords, Marshall Wolfe, Kristi Burgess, Kim Burgess, Judy Suter Nelson, Steve Heymann, Sandra Eden, Larry Antaya, Denny/Pricilla McAfee, Joe Bozzie, Darren Idler, Mike Leonard, Heather Clarity, Bob Madson, Carrie Cordich Anthenien, Aleasha Barnes, Redding Dental Group, Frank C. Martinez IV, Everett Blix, Don Parker, Bud Widdowson, George Homer, Michael Duggan, Jeff LaPlant,  Patti McAdams, Deborah Cooper, Costco, Safeway, Oriental Trading for their donations.

Help Our Cause

Your support and contributions will enable us to meet our goals and improve conditions. Your generous donation will fund this wonderful event.

Pay with PayPal or a debit/credit card

Rough Rider Roundup hosts Rough Riders of all ages who are physically and mentally challenged.

Rough Riders will experience "modified" rodeo-like activities, so each contestant can be involved and have fun experiencing the cowboy way of life first hand.

2019 RRR Registration Packet (pdf)


2019 RRR Volunteer Packet (pdf)


2019 RRR Sponsorship Packet (pdf)


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Please download the registration packet to pre-reregister or if you wish to volunteer, you can download the volunteer packet.  Thank you.

Bella Vista, California 96008

(209) 256-9640