4H Riders tour kennel

March may have come in like a lion, but it didn’t keep our club from having an eventful month.

March may have come in like a lion, but it didn’t keep our club from having an eventful month.

Our March club ride, we worked on direct and indirect rein, smooth transitions from a walk to a jog, a jog to a walk. We also worked on different patterns and also more showmanship skills.

March 16 was our community service at the Rimoka Lodge where we served ice cream sundaes as well as coffee, tea and juice to the residents of both Rimoka Lodge and Legacy Place. The residents were very happy to see us especially with our new shiny red show shirts.

On March 23 the club took a tour of the Old Macdonald Kennels. We even got to play with some of the rescued dogs. I think we all wanted to take a dog home that night, I know I sure did.

March 25 was our Cow Patti Brunch Theatre fundraiser along with a silent auction. As a club we decided to donate a portion of our funds raised to the Old Macdonald Kennels.

March 31 was a big day for our club. Our club hosted a pre-Regional 4-H Horse Show at the Ponoka Ag Event Centre. We had 10 different 4-H horse clubs enter. In my opinion we all did awesome and so did our four-legged friends. We certainly were all winners that day. But it really doesn’t matter if we win or lose, it’s all about spending time in the saddle riding our horses and feeling the wind on our face.

Ponoka Renegade Riders would like to say a big huge thank you to all that helped with volunteering and making this day a successful one. Also a huge thank you to our sponsors, Super 8 7-Eleven, Scizzor Wizzard Hair Design, and Servus Credit Union As well as a thank you to Ponoka Ag Event Centre for supporting us.

At our April meeting, we discussed future club activates as well as highway cleanup. On April 14 and 15, we had our 4-H Educational Blitz Sleepover where we learned the importance of equine dentistry, equine nutrition, proper saddle fitting, equine massage therapy, helmet fitting, equine first aide and last but not least, we were able to watch a 4-H horsemanship DVD.

One of our assistant leaders even took the time to make each one of us our own first aid kit for our horses. Thank you also to all of the presenters who took the time out of their busy schedules to come and participate and educate us a bit more.

We will be kicking ourselves and our horses into high gear getting them all ready for the upcoming West Central 4-H Regional Horseshow in Red Deer on June 1 to 3.

By Tasha Sierpinski, Club Reporter

Ponoka 4H Renegade Riders