Rosewood Ranch was abuzz June 14 with dozens of energetic children who got to spend three hours involved in fun ranch activities. The children and their family members participated in the fourth annual “Kids Day at the Ranch,” presented by Rosewood Services. The event was held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Rosewood Ranch, located five miles north of Pawnee Rock, provides year-round therapeutic horse riding for children with developmental disabilities. The Ranch opens one day each year to its regular children riders and their siblings, as well as to children of Rosewood Services employees.
“Kids Day has grown into very special day for us and for the families who participate in the event,” said Tammy Hammond, executive director of Rosewood Services. “It gives all the children involved with Rosewood Services a chance to experience therapeutic riding and a taste of ranch life. It also helps to connect families together who share a common goal of supporting children with disabilities.”
The children participated in trail-pattern horse riding; they also enjoyed horse-drawn wagon rides around Rosewood Ranch with their families. The children had their faces painted, participated in a cake walk, colored pictures of horses and cowboy hats, and enjoyed snow cones. They even got to decorate their own cookies.
More than 130 people participated in Kids Day this year, which included approximately 75 children. All who attended were treated to free corn dogs, chips and drinks, along with the opportunity to interact with special guest, Randy the Clown.
“We had a windy day this year for Kids Day, but the staff really did a great job of adjusting to the conditions and ensuring the children had a super fun day,” said Hammond. “This day has definitely become a tradition and something our Rosewood families look forward to participating in each year.”