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Cowboy up at Small Miracles' Unmounted Rodeo

STAFF • Oct 18, 2019 at 11:30 AM

KINGSPORT — It’s time to cowboy (and cowgirl) up — Small Miracles style.

Small Miracles Therapeutic Horseback Riding Center will host its Unmounted Rodeo benefit from noon to 3 p.m., on Saturday, and everyone is invited to join the fun. And they do mean everyone. 

Just like the services provided at Small Miracles, this fun-filled community event is designed with children and youth of all abilities in mind. Plus, admission is free.

Opening ceremonies and a service, led by Circle C Cowboy Church, kick off the day’s festivities at noon. All-abilities rodeo events continue from 1 to 3 p.m. Events include stick horse barrel racing, dummy roping, bull riding and pole bending. There’ll also be face and horse painting, caricatures and tattoos, live music, a YeeHaw yard sale, a tack sale and a chuck wagon (“concessions” to you city slickers). 

Small Miracles was founded in 1995 by registered nurse Mary Smith. With the support of her family, she started a pilot program of equine activities to serve individuals with special needs. The response was overwhelming. After six months, there was a waiting list of more than 35 students. Today, Small Miracles operates its own facility on 11 acres of rolling countryside in the Rock Springs community and serves approximately 100 students per week.

 

Its mission is “to enhance the physical, emotional, social and cognitive growth of persons with special needs by means of therapeutic equine-assisted activities.” To support that mission during Saturday’s rodeo, the community is invited to purchase Food City or Riverfront Seafood gift cards, Terri Lynn Nuts & Candies, or items from the Country Store-n-More, which will be open in the indoor arena.

Small Miracles is located at 1026 Rock Springs Drive. To learn more, visit small-miracles.org or call (423) 349-1111.

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