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Rowdy’s Hope In Motion Aids First Cowboy

Russ Weitl, the first Rowdy's Hope In Motion Cowboy (courtesy RHIM)

Russ Weitl’s life was forever changed when he suffered a spinal cord injury during a memorial rodeo last year. He’s on the road to recovery and thanks to Rowdy’s Hope In Motion that road just got a little smoother with a handicap accessible van.

After their son, Rowdy, was killed in a ranch accident, Jason and Stacey Smallwood decided to start Rowdy’s Hope In Motion (RHIM) to help children and their families during and after a farm, ranch or rodeo accident. Weitl, a PRCA steer wrestler from Red Bluffs, Cal., is the first RHIM Cowboy.

“God bless all those who have helped support our foundation to help make things like this possible,” said Stacey. “We are so blessed to have been able to reach out to this wonderful cowboy and thank Cyndie Banister and The Banister Cowboys for referring him to us. God bless our Cowboy Rowdy for helping us find this gentleman.”

A big part of RHIM is is helping “put families back on their feet after being knocked down” and they are looking for others to help with money raised through the foundation. Donations are accepted through Bonnie Miller at First Interstate Bank in Laramie and are tax deductible. RHIM is also holding a raffle for a 1996 Corvette, currently on display at Laramie GM Auto Center after a stint at Laramie Ford.

Rowdy’s life will also be celebrated this weekend during the 2nd Annual Rowdy Smallwood Jr Memorial Rodeo on Saturday and the WJRA Winter Rodeo Finals on Sunday at Hansen Arena in Laramie. Cowboy Rowdy buckles and prizes will be awarded both days.

With so much going on with the foundation, we decided to have Jason Smallwood on Laramie Live. Listen to the full interview below.

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