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Rascal Rodeo, an adaptive rodeo held in Redmond, offers fun for cowboys and cowgirls

(Update: Adding video, comments from the founder)

REDMOND, Ore. (KTVZ) -- Rascal Rodeo rounded up kids and adults for cowboy and cowgirl fun at Saturday morning's event. About 70 cowboys and cowgirls participated in the various modified rodeo events at the Deschutes County Fairgrounds.  

Rascal Rodeo is an adaptive rodeo for people of all ages with mental and physical disabilities. It's a special event held during this weekend's High Desert Stampede.

The Rascal Rodeo is a fun way to experience the Western way of life, which included partaking in horse rides, bull and unicorn riding and cow milking, as well as gold digging.

"I grew up a city kid and dreamed of being a cowgirl," said Ann-Erica Whitemarsh, the event's founder and executive director. "I got to do some rodeo stuff growing up, but I realized that people with special needs, they don't have any place to go be cowboys and cowgirls. I wanted to give them the opportunity to enjoy this lifestyle."

 If you missed Saturday's Rascal Rodeo, it will be back in Redmond in October. And the event is free to attend. 

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