Rodeo Dates - Sept. 22nd-24th

Sheriff's Rodeo Charities

Who benefits from the proceeds of the rodeo

Challenged Children's Rodeo

Rodeo Charity

Who We Are

About Challenged Children's Rodeo

For more than 25 years, Challenged Childrenʼs Rodeo has been a presence at rodeos in Norco and San Bernardino along with other areas in Southern California.

Over the years, we have been a regular event at the Norco Horseweek Rodeo, the Norco Mounted Posse Rodeo, the San Bernardino Sheriffʼs Rodeo and the California Circuit Finals. We have put on events in Poway, San Dimas and Chino, Del Mar and this year, Ramona Rodeo became one of our new events. At each event, we provide special children with a unique and unforgettable experience while they get to be “rodeo stars” for a day.

Interacting with their professional counterparts, the cowboys, cowgirls, rodeo clowns, Queens and Princesses of professional rodeo, our kids partner with them for an hour of fun and companionship, making it a special day for all.

The children who participate in a Challenged Childrenʼs Rodeo event are those who face special challenges in life, but are still just kids. Our events give them a chance to be just kids and the stars of the show for a day, shining in the spotlight for little while. As they go through a series of simulated rodeo events, using special props designed for fun and safety, they are partnered with the special men and women of rodeo who share a little of themselves with these great kids. While the spectators cheer them on, the children often form a special bond with their rodeo partner.

Challenged Childrenʼs Rodeo events include calf roping, steer wrestling, bronc riding, bull riding, barrel racing and even a chance to ride a real horse. During this rarified hour, special relationships are formed that last forever in the hearts of these extraordinary children and their rodeo heroes. Seeing the gentle interaction between rodeo cowboys and our little rodeo stars is a sight one doesnʼt soon forget. For those experiencing it for the first time, itʼs hard to keep a dry eye. For some of us, that emotional response never goes away, no matter how many times we see it.

Before the rodeo starts, each child is outfitted for their competition with a real cowboy hat, a t-shirt and bandanna and the calf roping lariat. These all go home with them, as do extraordinary memories. Every child is introduced to the crowd and recognized on their special day as they are presented with their awards as rodeo champions. As a special memory of the day, each child has their picture taken with their rodeo partner, who autographs the picture, creating a special souvenir keepsake. Because we have children who come back time and again, we make an effort to vary the awards and keepsakes.

Challenged Childrenʼs Rodeo is an all volunteer organization and each event owes it success to the efforts of their permanent members, as well as an intrepid and dedicated group of volunteers who, year after year, make Challenged Childrenʼs Rodeo the special event that it is. There is no charge to the families for the children to participate; the group operates entirely on donations and sponsorships of generous individuals and organizations who want to give back to the community in a special way.

For sponsorship or membership information, contact:
Carole Wilhite, evenings
(951) 734-5566

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The Sheriff's Rodeo is located in the heart of the Glen Helen Parkway. From I-215, exit Devour and continue on to Glen Helen Pkwy. Click the button below for a map and directions.

Our Mission

To provide a premiere benefit rodeo that will support our commitment to public safety and children through the efforts of the Sheriff’s Equine Organizations. Through our concerted efforts, we will provide a memorable experience for the community and its participants.

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