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COWBOYS FOR A DAY Texas Lions saddle up those who too often stand on the sidelines. Photos by Howard Eilers For three raucous days, thousands packed into the grandstands roar, cackle and clap as cowboys, cowgirls and clowns showcase their talents and charms at the Bryan Breakfast Lions Club PRCA Rodeo in Texas. For 41 years the 20-member club has entertained eastern Texans with top-notch bronc riding, roping and barrel racing. But what sets the rodeo apart is the part of a day devoted to children and adults with disabili-ties. Children with disabilities often miss out on playing with peers on baseball fields and sharing the stage at school musicals, but at the rodeo they get their boots dirty, riding ponies, roping rocking-horse steers and cavorting with the Catalena Cowgirls. “They never get to see a rodeo or be a part of a rodeo. Just to see them smile makes this all worthwhile,” says longtime Lion Sammy Catalena, who owns a rodeo company and helps make the Lions’ event possible. “There are a lot of smiles. You know you are making their day,” says Lion Frank Elliott. 36 LION JUNE 2013

Cowboys for a Day

Howard Eilers

Texas Lions saddle up those who too often stand on the sidelines.<br /> <br /> For three raucous days, thousands packed into the grandstands roar, cackle and clap as cowboys, cowgirls and clowns showcase their talents and charms at the Bryan Breakfast Lions Club PRCA Rodeo in Texas. For 41 years the 20-member club has entertained eastern Texans with top-notch bronc riding, roping and barrel racing. But what sets the rodeo apart is the part of a day devoted to children and adults with disabilities. Children with disabilities often miss out on playing with peers on baseball fields and sharing the stage at school musicals, but at the rodeo they get their boots dirty, riding ponies, roping rocking-horse steers and cavorting with the Catalena Cowgirls. “They never get to see a rodeo or be a part of a rodeo. Just to see them smile makes this all worthwhile,” says longtime Lion Sammy Catalena, who owns a rodeo company and helps make the Lions’ event possible. “There are a lot of smiles. You know you are making their day,” says Lion Frank Elliott. <br />

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