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Radiant Rodeo

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 3-5 p.m.

ExpoCenter Show Ring, MetraPark Billings, Montana
Participants: Kids under age 18 with special needs

15-20 minutes at each station:
Station 1: Stick Horse Barrel Racing
Station 2: Barrel Bull Riding
Station 3: Dummy Team Roping
Station 4: Rodeo Clown Face Painting
Station 5: Horseback Rides
Station 6: Sheep and Goat showing

Montana is known for being the last best place. The western heritage is present even in the most metropolitan cities in this state. Cowboys were and are a valuable character in Montana’s life. The romanticism of the American cowboy has not evaded modern generations. There’s still a fascination with cowboys and cowgirls and most of the time that most commonly seen cowboy is the rodeo cowboy. On October 18th, the NILE is doing something special to bring the rodeo world closer.

The NILE’s Radiant Rodeo is for special needs youth in the Yellowstone Valley Region. Radiant, by definition is: emitting rays of light, shining, bright; bright with joy, hope etc. Though challenges may face these kids every single day, they are remarkable. The smiles are truly awesome. Volunteers often talk about the speechlessness and goosebumps they experience. Watching a kid radiate the thrill of riding a horse for the first time, or holding hands with a rodeo queen in contagious. The atmosphere shines brightly with all the flashing smiles and the positive energy.

We envision six different stations in the ExpoCenter Show Ring at MetraPark. Kids and chaperones will have 15-20 minutes at each station and will rotate to the sound of a rodeo announcer over the sound system. Queens, clowns, ropers, and riders will welcome each group to the stations. The stations are: roping, stick horse barrel racing, face painting, stationary bucking bull/bronc, horse riding, and showing sheep and goats.

The NILE rodeo is a big part of what we’re known for but the stock show is where it all got started. We want to incorporate our mission of preserving an embracing the Western way of life into all of our events. We would be remiss to leave out a stock show element of the Radiant Rodeo, therefore we’re including a sheep and goat showing station.

It gives one more opportunity to interact with animals. Kids would get a chance to ride a horse, show a sheep and pet a goat. We all know how petting a dog at the end of a long day instantly brightens the mood. Horses, sheep and goats also provide that magical, unexplainable therapeutic moment. Maybe it’s in the softness of their fur, the kindness in their eyes, or the connection of not being able to speak. Whatever it is, witnessing the affect an animal can have on a person is something special.

Join us in our pursuit of bringing the Western lifestyle to some special kids and putting smiles on faces. To participate in the NILE Radiant Rodeo please fill out and submit attached application by September 15th. To volunteer please fill out volunteer application and submit to the NILE by September 18th. Questions, contact the NILE office (406) 256-2495 PO Box 1981 Billings, MT 59101

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