Special Needs Events

The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo™ is an experience everyone should enjoy. The Rodeo's Special Children's Committee interviews social agencies and schools so physically/developmentally challenged children and adults may attend Houston's biggest event, and participate in the Top Hands Horse Show or Lil' Rustlers Rodeo. 

Top Hands Horse Show

Top Hands Horse Show

Feb. 15-16 – NRG Arena

The Top Hands Horse Show offers a variety of physically challenged riders of all ages the opportunity to compete in six events, including showmanship at halter, English equitation, Western equitation, trail, pole bending and barrel racing. The show is divided into divisions based on assistance needed.

Participants are entered through riding clubs.

Lil' Rustlers Rodeo

Lil' Rustlers Rodeo
  • March 5, 5 p.m. – NRG Center, Main Arena
  • March 6, 5 p.m. – NRG Center, Main Arena
  • March 11, 5 p.m. – NRG Center, Main Arena

Lil' Rustlers Rodeo gives children with special needs the opportunity to be a rodeo star with playful stick horse races, seesaws turned into bulls and hay barrels resembling steers.

The Special Children's Committee interfaces with schools and social service agencies for groups to attend Lil' Rustlers Rodeo. If your child would like to participate, contact your child's school district's special education department or a support association that serves your child's needs.