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Horsing around during afterschool program

Miss Ropin’ on the River Rodeo Queen Kaitlyn Zaborsky and her horse Mack were a big hit as Wednesday’s guests for the Give Every Child a Chance Afterschool program at Lincoln School.

VINCE REMBULAT/The Bulletin


POSTED May 22, 2014 1:38 a.m.

Mack is the 7-year-old American Paint/Quarter horse belonging to Kaitlyn Zaborsky.

The reigning Miss Ropin’ on the River Rodeo Queen was on hand Wednesday at the Lincoln School Give Every Child a Chance Afterschool Program, standing alongside her equine.

“They were thrilled to see the horse,” said Mosha Lehouillier, who serves as that site’s Academic Manager. “For many, this was their first time seeing a live horse.”

First and second graders were wowed by the chance to feed apple slices to Mack.

Zaborsky and Mack were also there to help promote the third annual Ropin’ on the River Rodeo on June 7-8 at Dell ‘Osso Farms.

The City of Lathrop is among the sponsors.

This California Cowboys Professional Association event is sponsored by GECAC. Zaborsky, who currently attends Modesto Junior College – she’s a 2010 graduate of Beyer High in Modesto – was crowned queen at last year’s event.

As part of her duties, Zaborsky often educates the public on the sport of rodeo, in particular, the upcoming Pro Xtreme Bulls & Broncs.

The event benefitting GECAC is a sanctioned rodeo, featuring the following competitions – bareback riding, saddle bronc and bull riding.

Zaborsky also had the unique opportunity of representing GECAC and promoting its free tutoring assistant program.

Lincoln School had a Western theme leading up to her visit, according to Lehouillier.

“Students learned about the culture back then along with events such as the Gold Rush and Pony Express,” she said.

For more information, log on to www.gecac.net/rodeo.

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