FORT BEND COUNTY, TX - One hundred cowboys and cowgirls with physical and intellectual challenges, saddled up to participate in the Exceptional Rodeo at the Fort Bend County Fair.
“All of them come from area schools and homes and they actually get to compete in a real rodeo. We have bucking barrel, horses to ride, they get to rope, they get to run a barrel pattern, we’ve got rodeo clowns, and rodeo announcers and it’s a blast for everybody," explains the Fair's Bill Bowman.
The kids love it. "She looks forward to it. This is her second year coming through the school, she talks about it all year long, and then she’s ready for the next year to go. Kids with needs can still have fun in society as well,” says Ed, whose daughter Scarlett was participating.
Rowdy the Rodeo Clown admits the event is special, "I come out here for the kids because the feeling that I get inside just to see the smile on these kids face, it’s unbelievable."
Fellow clown Curtis Lambert agrees, “We come out here because of a need to be with these little kids. It gives them the chance to get out and do something different."