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A Sunbelt Special Rodeo Volunteer's Perspective

Monday, October 8, 2012
Dave Lindeman assisting a rider onto a horse

Dave Lindeman (left in the photo) assists a rider using the adapted mounting steps at the PSH&TC riding arena.

On a Saturday in September, Dave Lindeman, LSI at Parsons Director, spent the day in the rodeo arena. He had this to say: There are service activities that many of us engage in as a part of our professional lives. Those include service to professional organizations, review of manuscripts for publications, or working on various committees and advisory boards. Recently, I took a little time to support a different kind of service -- the activities of the Gary J. Daniels Sunbelt Special Rodeo. This is the only rodeo designed specifically for persons with disabilities – those with physical as well as intellectual disabilities. The rodeo is hosted in Parsons and usually has around 300 or more participants. The rodeo cowboys and cowgirls usually come from at least four states and in past years have come from as far as Canada. The rodeo events are designed to be responsive to different skill levels of the participants. Most have the opportunity to ride a horse (some using one of the many saddles that have been adapted) - while others lead their horses through obstacles. Being outside with those engaged in the rodeo is a great event. Seeing the smiles and expressions of joy — make giving away a little time well worth the effort.

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