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Rascal Rodeo Helps Special Needs People Find their Inner-Cowboy

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YAKIMA, Wash. -

As the old saying goes... 'this isn't our first rodeo'. But for some in the Yakima Valley, this happened to be not only their first but one they won't forget.

"If we can have a hand in helping out and making a special day for these kids, then we're glad to help..." says Columbia River Circuit president Rowdy Barry

Rascal rodeo is an exhibition that tours alongside rodeo circuits throughout the pacific northwest. Their goal is to give those with special needs the chance to be rodeo stars of their own. Ann-Erica Whitemarsh is president of the company and finds helping special needs people to be one of the most rewarding parts about her job.

"If you have the heart that's willing to give somebody the opportunity to do something, their abilities are endless. People with special needs may not be able to verbalize how excited and thankful they are, but you can see it in their smiles."

Veteran volunteer, Garrett Ossman, told me he's found a passion for rodeos. As a volunteer for rascal rodeo, he gets to live out that dream.

"I love this... I Truly, truly love this, rascal rodeo. I love bulls, riding, roping, hay bales... Love it..." says Ossman

Garrett got his first taste of rodeo life 15 years ago and has been hooked ever since. Now he helps change the lives of others. Giving them hope that their disabilities won't stand in the way of their dreams.

This may not be Garrett's first rodeo... but it certainly isn't his last.

Rascal rodeo, which is based in the tri-cities, will made 13 stops throughout the Columbia River Circuit this year, Yakima being it's last.

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