Rodeo queens organize a parade at a Meridian rehabilitation center

Posted at 4:54 PM, Jun 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-11 18:54:45-04

MERIDIAN, Idaho — Patients at the Creekside Traditional Care and Rehabilitation Center have suffered significant trauma, and working their way back has been difficult during the pandemic.

So Nyssa Night Rodeo queen Jaeden Forrey wanted to do something special for the people at the center after hearing stories from her mother who works at the clinic as a nurse.

"Just some of the folks not being able to see their families and just how sad the facility has been, so I decided to invite a bunch of rodeo queens from Oregon and Idaho," said Forrey. "I just wanted to do something positive for the community and the folks that live here."

Rodeo queens from came from as far away as Gem County, Riggins and John Day Oregon for this parade as well as the Lady's Side Saddle Association.

"Rodeo is just a big family, and we just want to help everybody and spread the love to everyone," said Kelsei Kaiser, the queen of the Grant County Rodeo in John Day. "Horses definitely do have a healing nature."

While we weren't allowed to get any video of the people at the clinic, we can tell you it meant the world for both the patients and the staff at Creekside.

"Seeing smiles and good energy is going to put these people in a really good mood and give them hope," said Forrey. "Hopefully, that will help them with their rehabilitation."

The Nyssa Night Rodeo and several other rodeos in Idaho have been canceled this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

However, these young ladies are showing why they were chosen to be royalty of their rodeos.