Hundreds Attend Morgan County Special Needs Rodeo

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DECATUR, ALA. (WHNT) - The Annual Morgan County Sheriff's Rodeo got underway this morning at the Celebration Arena in Priceville. The main events start tomorrow, but this morning's performance was intended for a very special audience.

There was barrel racing, calf roping, and steer wrestling. All the things you'd expect to see at a rodeo, plus a few things you might not expect to see, like Mark Lahmann riding his horse up onto the top of a trailer.

"What'd it take you a couple of weeks to train those animals?"

"Oh, a couple of hours, every day for a long time," says Mark Lahmann.

And it wasn't just the horse he's trained. He's also trained a pair of Texas longhorns to be a part of the act, and they made their way up to the top of his trailer, too. The crowd on hand for this special needs rodeo was especially appreciative of the entertainment.

"Oh my gosh, this is fabulous, awesome, especially this one since it was for special needs. This was awesome," said Rita Cobbs.

It would be difficult to find a more grateful audience. In fact, during our interview with Sheriff Ana Franklin, one of the guests made it a point to say thank you.

"Thank you for coming to our rodeo."

"You're welcome. You love this?"

"Yes, I do love it. I'm glad you came. You be sure to come back again."

"Thank you, maam, I'm glad and I thank you."

The rodeo is Friday and Saturday night at the Celebration Arena in Priceville, starting at 7 each night. But this performance was different, special. A bunch of cowboys and cowgirls putting on a special show for a very special group of fans.

"You come back next year. That's why we do it. It's a great day."

This special needs rodeo has won a National Humanitarian Award for the Professional Cowboy Association. They donate their time to make it possible for these kids to attend the rodeo free of charge.

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