It should be a fun Saturday in St. Albert—for the “Edmonton First Responders Rodeo.”
Organizer–Constable Mike Schnurer says its going to be an action-packed day—as first responders try their hand at rodeo.
He says not only is it a chance for them to do something different—but its going to support a couple of great causes:
“One of the charities is the Zebra Centre for Child Protection. Obviously thats a natural fit. They work with the police already to help protect abused children–and give them a voice and try to help them and their families out. And the other is the Tema Trust. What they do is post traumatic stress disorder awareness, counselling, treatment and education. They help first responders and their families who go through a traumatic event. We think these two charities are very beneficial-to both sides. “
As for the rodeo itself–Schnurer says there’s going to be events you’d normally find at a rodeo—but the event is geared for the first responders who just want to come out and try their hand at it–maybe scratch something off their bucket list:
“The stock that we’re getting isnt even like amateur rodeo stock. We’ve asked for like high school level, beginner stuff–and then we’ve got a bunch of experienced cowboys there to coach and help guys out.”
One event includes “playing poker with the bulls”:
“Ha ha–I’m staying away from that one. But it should be a lot of fun to watch. There’s a lot of people that like that adrenaline rush–thinking its a lot of fun to go in there and see how long they can last against that bull. Should be good watching for sure.”
The gates open at 11am on Saturday at the Rainmaker rodeo grounds in St. Albert.
For more information—head to www.firstwatchrodeo.ca.