By Katy Nesbitt
Wallowa Valley Online
JOSEPH, Ore – The Little Buckaroo Rodeo in Joseph is catching on as part of the Chief Joseph Days Rodeo festivities with a big boost in participation this year over its inaugural event in 2015.
Organizer Deb Scudder said 19 kids participated in Wednesday morning’s exceptional rodeo open to all citizens with special needs. In 2015 four kids signed up for the Little Buckaroo Rodeo at the Harley Tucker Arena.
At the Little Buckaroo Rodoeo participants get to mingle with the Chief Joseph Days Rodeo court and rodeo cowboys while competing in a goat tail untying contest, stick horse barrel racing and dummy bull riding, cow milking and steer roping.
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Photography by Shelly Ann Tippett for Chief Joseph Days Rodeo
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This year the age limit was extended and participants from outside the county were allowed to enter. One entrant was from Beaverton, Scudder said, in town for the rodeo.
Scudder said she asked the rodeo committee to support a special needs rodeo for Wallowa County children last year. Their fervent support along with area businesses and private donors the rodeo was supplied with everything from props to prizes and a catered hot dog lunch. Each of the kids got to take home a T-shirt, hat a bandana, belt buckle and a lariat.
“We can’t do this without the community,” Scudder said.
Video by Shelly Ann Tippet, for Chief Joseph Days Rodeo