The 15th Annual Rosewood Rodeo is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Oct. 5 at the Great Bend Expo III Arena, two miles west on 10th and Patton Road.
The annual rodeo is one of the most important days of the year for equine-therapy riders from Rosewood Services who practice their riding skills at Rosewood Ranch on a weekly basis throughout the year. The ranch is a full-working horse ranch near Pawnee Rock where people with developmental disabilities learn to ride and care for approximately 75 horses.
Throughout the Rosewood Rodeo, families can experience children’s activities and games, face painting, and wagon rides. It’s a come-and-go event for spectators, so they can choose the times they wish to attend.
Rosewood Rodeo’s grand entry and flag ceremony is scheduled for 10 a.m. Then, throughout the day, therapeutic rodeo events will be held for Rosewood Services riders, including an event for children riders, followed by the award ceremony at approximately 3:30 p.m. Chuck Wagon Concessions are available, which includes a pulled pork lunch.
In between the day’s rodeo events are two performances by the award winning all-female “Twisters of the Heartland” horse riding drill team. Twisters will perform at 10:30 a.m. and again at 2 p.m. (All performance times are approximate.) The Twisters, from Chanute, will feature two different programs during each performance.
During the rodeo, the public can participate in a silent auction with all bids closing at 3 p.m. Proceeds from the auction go to Rosewood’s non-profit Roots & Wings Foundation. The foundation provides therapeutic, educational and recreational opportunities to people in need who have developmental disabilities.
A listing of events slated for this year’s Rosewood Rodeo: Kids’ Games and Activities, including Face Painting, Horse Drawn Wagon Rides, Twisters of the Heartland Drill Team Performances, Tack Shop with Novelties and Rosewood Client-Made Items, Silent Auction, Chuck Wagon Concessions, including Pulled Pork Lunch, Three Rodeo Events by Rosewood Services Adult Riders, One Rodeo Event by Rosewood Services Children Riders, Staff Races, Award Ceremony for Rodeo Participants.