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2018 Exceptional Rodeo Information

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The Lakeside Exception Kids Rodeo will be held Thursday, April 26th starting at 5PM with check in. This is an free opportunity for children ages 5 – high school who attend Lakeside Schools and who have special needs to participate in a unique Western-themed Rodeo event with fun activities that cater to a wide range of abilities. Each participant will receive a free event t-shirt! Call 1(619)561-4331 for more information.


The El Capitan Stadium Association, the non profit host of the Annual Lakeside Rodeo is excited to announce the 2nd Annual Exceptional Kids Rodeo. This event will feature fun cowboy/cowgirl activities just for exceptional kids!

The free event is limited to 25 children from who are in Kindergarten through 8th Grade who are receiving special education services through Lakeside Union School District.

There is no charge for your child to participate in the Exceptional Kids Rodeo.

Application Process:

All applications must be received between by Aprill 3rd, 2018. Space is limited to 25 kids. If you have more than one child with special needs, please complete a separate application for each child, and add a note that they are siblings. Your child must have a completed and signed release form to participate.

Each registered participant will receive a free event T-shirt. Families may pre-order/purchase additional T-shirts at time of registration. If additional T-shirts are to be purchased, let Sydney know at the time of registration.

NOTE: If your child is afraid of animals, clowns, balloons, etc., the Exceptional Kids Rodeo experience may not be a good fit for him or her.

Siblings without special needs may not participate—NO EXCEPTIONS—however we invite them to be spectators.

All Exceptional Rodeo buckaroos will gather at the Lakeside Rodeo Arena at 12584 Mapleview entrance to be greeted and partnered with a buddy to assist them in completing activities as they compete in this FUN series of rodeo events. Children move from one station to another enjoying multi-sensory activities.

Feed & Grooming:
Participants will be able to touch and smell different feeds that are given to rodeo livestock and experience everyday tools used by cowboys and cowgirls to take care of their horses. To encourage the child to dig into the feed, a prize will be buried in the feed and they will receive their own “stock” after grooming to keep.

Bronc Riding: Dab a bit of paint on a real horse! Children will be given an opportunity to dip their hand into a color paint of their choice to put a brand on a real live horse!

Stick Horse Race: Giddy Up! Each special cowpoke will complete a smaller pattern just like the barrel racers do!

Learn to Rope: Cowpokes can try their hand at roping a steer like AJRA contestants. Think it may be tricky for your child? Never fear, they will be given pointers to make them the next champions!

Bull Riding: “Hold on Cowboy!” Experience the rush of riding big, bad bucking machine! Don’t worry about your little buckaroo, these bulls are not real!

Join in, volunteer and participate in the 2nd Annual Exceptional Kids Rodeo April 26th, at the Lakeside Rodeo Grounds.


2017 - 1st Annual Exceptional Kids Rodeo Recap

1st Annual Exceptional Kids Rodeo April 30, 2017
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A child sits in the rodeo bleacher and watches as some of the best bulls riders and bucking horses that the rodeo world has to offer fill the arena... he dreams of being a cowboy... she dreams of racing around the barrels on that beautiful horse... Physical and mental disabilities should never stand in the way of those dreams....

In 2017, Lakeside Rodeo was pleased to announce the addition of an Exceptional Kids Rodeo on Sunday before the regularly scheduled PRCA Rodeo competition.

Under the guidance of Rodeo professional contestants, Rodeo Queens and local royalty and community volunteers, exceptional kids had a chance to meet cowboys and cowgirls, to learn about the sport of Rodeo and they experienced the thrill of being in the Rodeo arena.

Each child contestant was encouraged to rope dummy calves, dress up and then climb in and out of the bull fighter’s barrel, meet Kevin Higley the Rodeo clown, meet Buffalo Chip and his assistant clowns, study with bull fighters, cowboys, and stock handlers.

The East County Herald, the only photojournalist publication in San Diego, documented the 2017 event.... click here to see the wonderful photos.

Special thanks to sponsors and volunteers is extended by Event Chairman, Sydney Morehouse!

Every 2017 Exceptional Rodeo Contestant was a Winner!

Each contestant received a cowboy hat, T-shirt, bandana, a autographed poster, back number and a picture.

Special Thanks To Our Exceptional Rodeo Sponsors!

  • Gideon And Charity Pearsall
  • Clark Steel Fabricators, Inc.
  • Professional's Choice
  • Ryan Bros. Coffee
  • Ropes Galore
  • JC Feed & Supply
  • Blackies Trophies & Awards
  • The Yogurt Barn

Thanks to the Professional Cowboys and Volunteers

Brenda Morehouse shares photos of the 2017 Lakeside Rodeo's 1st Annual Exceptional Kids Rodeo

Charity and Gideon Pearsall, Sponsors

Special Thanks to Charity and Gideon Pearsall, for not only being Event sponsors but also volunteering at the event.

Exceptional Kids Rodeo Chairman and Kids

Exceptional Kids Rodeo Chairman, Sydney Morehouse and two of the 2017 Rodeo Participants.

2017 Exceptional Kids Rodeo Photos

The El Capitan Stadium Association (Lakeside Rodeo) is a Non-Profit 501 c 3.
Working Together to Benefit the Youth of Lakeside.
12584 Mapleview St., Lakeside, CA 92040     619-561-4331
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