SPRINGDALE -- Children with disabilities enjoyed the Rodeo of the Ozarks Thursday morning at a special event held just for them.
For the last 18 years, rodeo enthusiasts set up early to show the children the ropes. The Arkansas Support Network's program gives children with developmental disabilities, deemed "Super Cowboys and Cowgirls", and their families a chance to experience the event at Parsons Stadium.
Eleven-year old Elias Pickney joined dozens of other kids for some fun on the rodeo grounds.
"I rode the horses. I got autographs from pretty girls. Oh yeah, and I roped the bull," said Pickney. "My favorite things, to ride ponies because it's so amazing. They smell good. They're friendly. They're even colorful."
"A lot of our kids have sensory issues, and other things like that where they're not able to come to the rodeo," said Director of the Family Support Program of the Arkansas Support Network, Candia Nicholas. "Maybe it's the loud sounds, all the people."
The event also gives those families a chance to meet, and support one another.
"It's good for us all to get together. These children love animals, and especially horses, and I think just being outside and just the excitement of Fourth of July," said Marian Wadkins, a mother of a child with disabilities. "Thank you to the people who make this possible, because this is very special for us."
To find out more about the Arkansas Support Network, click here.