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Rodeo gives ‘High-Five’ to special cowboys ’n cowgirls

Rodeo gives ‘High-Five’ to special cowboys ’n cowgirls

Woodlake Lions Rodeo to host first “High-Five Rodeo” for developmentally delayed on May 10

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WOODLAKE – Few people can master roping and riding like professional cowboys, but the Woodlake Lions Club wants everyone to feel the excitement of roping a steer or turning a horse on a dime, regardless of their physical or mental limitations.

So to kick-off the 66th annual Woodlake Lions Rodeo, club members will hold their first “High-Five Rodeo” on Friday, May 10 at 10:30 a.m. at the Woodlake Lions Rodeo Grounds north of Woodlake, Calif. The “High-Five Rodeo” program gives developmentally-disabled individuals an opportunity to participate in modified versions of rodeo events and learn some of the every day skills of the cowboy life.

“Participants are paired up with real-life cowboys and cowgirls, Miss Woodlake Lions Rodeo, bullfighters, and other performers and key personnel involved in the production of our rodeo, as they go through rodeo-related stations in the rodeo arena,” explained William Valero, Woodlake Lions Club President.

“High-Five Rodeo” participants will compete in a stick-horse barrel race, learn how to rope a dummy steer head, ride a horse, enjoy petting some livestock, and learn some of the rules of rodeo. Sponsored by Boot Barn and Woodlake Drive-In, the “High-Five Rodeo” participants will be rewarded with prizes for their rodeo achievements!

The “High-Five Rodeo” will be held in conjunction with Media Day. The Woodlake Lions Club invites all members of the media to the rodeo grounds on Friday, May 10 at 10:30 a.m. for a behind-the-scenes look at the Woodlake Lions Rodeo. Cowboys, cowgirls and personnel will be available for interviews and photo opportunities. 

For more information, contact Trilby Barton at 559-740-8006 or email contact@woodlakelionsclub.com. 

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