A bustling bunch of energetic children ascended onto Rosewood Ranch on June 8 for a hootin’-and-hollerin’ time. Approximately 75 children and their family members participated in the third annual “Kids Day at the Ranch,” presented by Rosewood Services.
The ranch, which provides a year-round therapeutic horse riding program for children with developmental disabilities, was open to its regular children riders and their siblings for one special day. Children of Rosewood Services employees also participated during the event, which was held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
“For the children we serve, equine therapy is one of their favorite and most rewarding activities they get to do,” said Tammy Hammond, executive director of Rosewood Services. “Kids Day allows us to extend that opportunity to other children associated with Rosewood who usually don’t ever get to experience horse riding and ranch life. We add additional children’s activities to make it an especially fun day for everyone involved.”
Besides trail-pattern horse riding, children and their families took wagon rides around Rosewood Ranch. The children also had their faces painted, fished for prizes, participated in a cake walk and enjoyed making their own ice cream sundaes and root beer floats. They even got to decorate their own neckerchiefs with beads, and compete in games such as a water balloon toss and an egg race.
An estimated 150 people participated in Kids Day this year. All who attended were treated to free hot dogs, chips and drinks, along with interaction with special guest, Randy the Clown.
“Kids Day went really well this year,” said Hammond. “We had repeat visitors from previous Kids Days and we had some children and their families who attended for the first time. Everyone seemed to enjoy the experience of what ranch life has to offer. We enjoy hosting this annual event for them.”