Bit N Spur Rodeo festivities continue to improve every year, and a big hit this time around was the first Special Needs Rodeo.
About 50 special needs individuals participated in the event Friday at the indoor arena at Deseret Peak Complex.
“The turnout was phenomenal for the first year. This is awesome. We just want this rodeo to get bigger and better next year, ” said chairman Chad Woolsey.
Events included roping, mechanical bull riding, stick horse barrel racing, hide pull, goat and mini-course petting corral, hay rides, and barrel horses.
Five-to-seven volunteers helped at every event.
Theme for the rodeo was “Be a Cowboy for a Day.” Chad Woolsey praised his wife Marissa Woolsey for putting everything together to make it a successful event.
Tooele County donated the arena for the day.
“They attended a special needs rodeo at Evanston Cowboy Days and I thought this would be a great idea for Tooele,” Chad said.
“We were able to get the word out through social media and advertising that this would be held in conjunction with the Bit N Spur Rodeo,” Chad said.
Contestants in the special needs rodeo also received free tickets to the main Bit N Spur Rodeo.