For Deseret Ranches, being good neighbors and engaged citizens are foundational principles. The ranch hosts the annual Deseret Rodeo as a fundraiser for local schools. Thousands from throughout Central Florida’s Space Coast buy tickets to enjoy the festivities. Deseret employees and their families work together to organize and stage all the rodeo events.
A standout rodeo tradition is a display of equestrian skills by Deseret’s youth drill team. Ranch kids and their horses gather, prepare, and practice synchronized moves to entertain the audience. In March 2020, just as the drill team was finalizing their presentation, the rodeo had to be cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Before the cancellation, dozens of Deseret’s vendors, suppliers, and business partners had already donated tens of thousands of dollars in charitable sponsorships to support Harmony Community Schools. The ranch offered refunds of their contributions, but rodeo sponsors all graciously declined. As a way of saying thanks to donors for their generosity, Deseret videotaped the drill team’s already-rehearsed routine. We hope you enjoy their 2020 presentation.