Riding and Roping: Boys & Girls Club to host rodeo fundraiser (PHOTOS)

Published: Monday, April 1, 2013 at 04:33 PM.

There will be plenty of entertainment beyond the competition with special guests, Sierra Coward, the 2013 Miss Teen Rodeo Florida , and CarrieAnn Clements, the 2013 Miss Rodeo Florida Princess. Rodeo clowns, face painting and games will make the weekend non-stop fun.

Perhaps one of the most exciting shows of the event will be trick rider, Kristy Lei Harris. Accompanied by her horse, Jaime, Harris performs all sorts of acrobatic stunts while riding.

"She's known throughout the Southeast," Freeman said. "She does handstands, rides under the horse and all sorts of stunts."

The non-profit organization relies solely on contributions from generous individuals, corporations and partner funding agencies such as The United Way. Support for the Boys & Girls Club is not hard to come by in the local communities, Freeman said. Both Okaloosa and Walton County Sheriff's Office have generously sponsored the rodeo in order to give free admission to elementary-aged children when accompanied by an adult.

"It shows a true dedication to the Boys & Girls Club and the causes we support," Freeman said.

Any proceeds from the event will go toward supporting targeted programming for kids ages five to 18 during non-school hours that focus on youth development in three priority outcome areas: academic success, healthy lifestyles and good character and citizenship. The Boys & Girls Club of the Emerald Coast has seven clubs located in Pensacola , Milton , Fort Walton Beach , Destin, South Walton and DeFuniak Springs. Over 500 youths are served in South Walton alone. Currently, South Walton's club is undergoing on 427 Greenway Trail reconstruction and will open in mid-summer.

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