SLIDESHOW: Sitting Tall in the Saddle at the Rascal Rodeo
KENNEWICK, Wash. - Special needs kids saddled-up Friday for the Rascal Rodeo at the Benton Franklin County fair.
More than 60 children rode pretend bulls, lassoed hay-made doggies, and rode high in the saddle in the fairgrounds rodeo arena.
Ann-Erica Whitemarsh started the rascal rodeo in 2001 as her senior project at Pasco High School.
see them out here having fun. It's usually hard to keep a dry eye,"
Whitemarsh says. "We have parents and caretakers who are crying and
can't believe what their participants just did. It's a lot of fun."
Whitemarsh this year will holds seven special needs kids rodeos throughout Washington and Oregon.