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Exceptional Rodeo Allows Special Needs Youth to 'Ride like a Cowboy' At 2012 PA Farm Show

Harrisburg - More than 100 special needs children and adults got a chance to be cowboys and cowgirls for a day during the fourth annual Exceptional Kids Rodeo on Thursday, Jan. 12, at the 2012 Pennsylvania Farm Show.

Sponsored by the Outback Trading Post of Oxford, Chester County, 83 professional rodeo contestants were paired with special needs students from the Milton Hershey School, the Upper Dauphin Area High School Life Skills Program and the Greater Harrisburg YMCA.

Each participant was suited up in riding gear and taught rodeo skills, including barrel racing, cattle roping and pony and bronco riding. With the chance to practice like a professional, participants learned what it takes to be a top rodeo rider.

Participants had the chance to sign the rodeo's clown barrel that will be used in the Circuit Final Rodeo tonight through Saturday.

All participants received a t-shirt, cowboy hat and a poster and were able to get their favorite rodeo riders' autographs.


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