On Sunday morning a very special event took place at the Silver Spurs Arena, the Silver Spurs Special Rodeo. Fran Mclaughlin started the Silver Spurs Special Rodeo back in the 1980s to give children with special needs the chance to get involved with the rodeo. The event ended up taking a hiatus and in 2005, and Bridget Coggins along with Sara Berlinsky brought the event back to the Silver Spurs Rodeo.
“I’m a Spurs Member and this is for a great cause! It’s such a good way to give back and the look on each child’s face when they receive their trophy is priceless. Each year the event grows more and more, with attendance ranging from 80 – 140 kids.” – Sara Berlinsky
This year, 97 kids stepped into the Silver Spurs Arena to take a chance at cow roping, bull riding, getting up close and personal with some of the livestock. The Osceola County Sheriff’s Department was in attendance with a few of their horses and one of the hound dogs from the K-9 unit. The Silver Spurs Rodeo Queens paired up with families to walk the arena as their own personal guide to all of the interactive rodeo stations.
Seven-year-old, Grace Dixon has been attending the Silver Spurs Special Rodeo for 3 year. Her favorite part of the event is the people. She loves giving hugs and seeing everyone smiling and having a good time makes Grace was very happy to be a part of the Silver Spurs Special Rodeo again this year.
Commissioner Fred Hawkins Jr., Silver Spurs Big Boss Chris Fluke, and some of the Spurs Members were there to support this amazing event.
“This is another way the Silver Spurs Rodeo is able to give back to the community and help out these kids. They are able to participate in some barrel racing and get their picture taken on the BIG BLUE BOOT. This is very special to us.” – Big Boss, Chris Fluke
Juan Cruz received his award after visiting all the rodeo stations. Miss Rodeo Nebraska, Eva Oliver was there to cheer him on. Juan has been attending this event for 10 years and says his favorite part of the event this year was riding “Lucky” one of the rodeo horses and spending time with all his friends.
“It’s rewarding and warms your heart and is just a GREAT time. We are so blessed to have this event in Osceola County,” said Osceola County Commissioner Fred Hawkins Jr.
Thank you to everyone who helped make this event a very special day for this special group of people.