4-H News

Hi, my name is Rachel Devet and I’m the club reporter of the West Central Rebel Riders for the 2014-2015 year.

West Central 4-H Rebel Riders

Submitted by Rachel Devet

Hi, my name is Rachel Devet and I’m the club reporter of the West Central Rebel Riders for the 2014-2015 year. We are a horse club that trains for showing like Western pleasure and equitation, English pleasure and equitation, and trail. We have meetings the first Wednesday of every month to discuss what we will be doing for the up and coming month.

In the months of February and March, there was a communications event that we all took a part in. In February, Macey McPherson and Allayna Hoy (junior), Rachel Devet (intermediate), and Shelby Devet and Caitlyn Malyk (senior) all won first and second place respectively, allowing us to move on to zone public speaking. At the zone public speaking event, Macey Macpherson (second junior) and Shelby Devet (first senior) won and moved onto district public speaking.

In March, we had a mini clinic on how to dress properly and make sure you have a good first impression when you enter the show ring from Randi McCook. We are also having another clinic on how to do our makeup for the show ring from a MAC cosmetic specialist.

For the month of May, we will be having many practice rides for the upcoming Regional Horse Show on May 29-31 at Westerner Park in Red Deer.

As well, we have just started a fundraiser for our club which is selling hanging baskets from Meadowbrook Greenhouse.

Our club is an energetic group who just love to show our horses!

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Silver Valley 4-H Riders Club

Submitted by Reese MacPherson

Our club has had a very busy winter,  4-H is very active in the community. In December, we had a number of volunteering efforts that included the set up of the Festival of Trees gala evening and being  hostesses for six performances Klaglahachie Dinner theatre Anne of Green Gables. In our December meeting, we discussed future activities that include our Christmas Party, winter fun day, special project day, record books. Our monthly ride at the Calnash Ag Centre was themed an “Ugly Christmas sweater” and lots of fun was had by all attendees, including our horses.

January was a busy month that included our meeting, a trip to a Red Deer Rebels game, public speaking competition, horse judging workshop and multi-species judging workshop. Our monthly ride was themed “neon” and riders and horses could glow in the dark.

Public speaking is one of very important skills taught in 4H and public speaking competition was our main focus in February. Our Club event was held Feb. 1, the top speakers were in seniors first Rebecca Wesner, second Brenna McCaughey, in intermediate first Sarah Archibald, second Meggie MacKenzie, in junior first  Halie Archibald, second Reese MacPherson, who moved onto zone competition Feb. 22. Zone event was very competitive and Brenna McCaughey, Sarah Archibald and Halie Archibald advanced to district competition.

Thank you to the Ponoka Golf Club for hosting both days of competition. Also in February, our members attended a multi-species judging competition at the Ag Centre.

Congratulations to Hayden Huseby for placing third in districts.

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Winfield 4-H Club

Submitted by Alison Walker and Meghann Smawley

This past week the members of the Winfield 4-H Gait Riders attended a multi-species judging clinic at the Calnash Centre in Ponoka.

Congratulations to all of the members that attended, they all did very well.

A big thanks to all of our judges from this year’s club and zones public speaking!

Congratulations to all of the participants, and those who moved on to Zones!

A big thanks to everyone who came to support the speakers both in club level and zones!

We have all begun to think about show season and are working very hard with our horses and ourselves to achieve the best we can. Show season is only a couple months around the corner and we are all looking forward to begin showing.