The NILE’s Radiant Rodeo is for youth with special needs in the Yellowstone Valley Region. Radiant, by definition is: emitting rays of light, shining, bright; bright with joy, hope etc. This event's goal is to light up the barn with radiating smiles.
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 is contagious. Radiant is also term for energy. We want an inside-your-chest, warm-fuzzy, chokes-you-up kind of energy. Lighting up someone’s world by making them feel special. The atmosphere shines brightly with all the flashing smiles and the positive energy.
Several different stations are set up in the sale ring in the Montana Pavilion at MetraPark (see map). Kids and chaperones will be able to pick and choose which stations to participate in and how long to stay at each station. Rodeo queens, clowns, livestock exhibitors, ropers, and riders will welcome each person to the stations.
The stations are:
- Stick horse barrel racing
- Tactile tubs of wool, beans, wheat and corn
- Playing with farm animal toys
- Bucky machine
- Petting a horse
- Face painting
- Leading sheep and goats
We believe this is a bright addition to the stock show and rodeo. If you're interested in participating, volunteering or have feedback for how we can improve the experience please contact the NILE office.