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ROUGH RIDER ROUNDUP--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-, ranch-, old west-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 physical differences and developmental delays, encouraging interactive play between children and adults, and bringing participants, families, and volunteers together for a community celebration. The event is free and hosted by Roughout Ranch Foundation Inc., a 501(c)3 nonprofit public service organization.
A SPECIAL WESTERN DAY
Welcome to the 4th Annual Rough Rider Roundup—A Special Western Day and Rodeo 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 4th 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, barrel bulls, wooden broncs, gold panning, old fashion kitchen appliances, roping steer dummies, barrel racing, riding the cow train, contests, demonstrations, carnival games, and more! Contestants, parents/guardians, and volunteers will be treated to a free lunch during the roundup.
Volunteers will manage each activity in a loving, caring manner that promotes safety, fun, and encouragement. We also encourage parent/guardian participation.
Please REGISTER EARLY by August 1, 2023, as space is limited to 50 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, bandana, badge, and backpack to take home.
WHERE: Roughout Ranch
WHEN: Saturday, October 21, 2023
TIME: 10am to 2pm
"The whole event was incredible. Rebecca felt like a star and had so much fun. Our whole family had such a great time."
"This was truly an amazing experience for my Autistic 6-year-old son! He loved it so much that he told me he wants a horse and to be a Cowboy! He keeps asking to go back!! Can't wait for next year!"
"My daughter, Rian, age 17 has Cerebral Palsy. We heard about Rough Rider Round-up on FB. She went and had a great time!! She was able to be herself around other children/people like her. The activities were a lot fun. Rian had a blast and can't wait for next years."
--Kristi Riley Shriner--
“The First Annual Rough Rider Roundup was a success. I appreciated the kindness that was given by all the volunteers and the staff. My daughter Shelbi is a country gal at heart and loves the rodeo, she was so excited that she got to experience some rodeoing firsthand. This was a great experience that met the needs of all levels of individuals, no one was excluded, and it was so much fun!”
Roughout Ranch in Bella Vista is owned and managed by Kathy O'Donnell and Jim Cooke.
Founder of Rough Rider Roundup and Roughout Ranch Foundation Inc. a 501(c)3, 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.
Special thanks to Willie, Tiffany Hyatt, Jenelle Christine Copenhaver, Barbara McHatton, AaquaTools, Luci Burgess, Valerie Brand, Catherine Hodgson, Denise Shanahan, Steve Heymann, Cindee Oback, Don Enos, Shannon Spears, Denny, Priscilla McEfee's, Kathy O'Donnell, Steven Scrievers, Melissa Lynn, Marlene Werstler McCaslin, Joni Maggini, James Hackett, Ray Morgan, Suzanne Hunting, Redding Dental Group, Good Times Pizza, In and Out Burger.
Please download the participant registration packet to pre-reregister or if you wish to volunteer, you can download the volunteer packet. Thank you.
Redding, California, United States