Did you wonder where the Healing Hoofbeats 4-H Club was on April 9th-12th? Well, the answer would be the Kenai for the Alaska State 4-H Horse Contest! You may remember the Healing Hoofbeats selling horse shoes and participating in local bazaars. All the hard work paid off enabling our team to go to Kenai!
The 4-H team consisted of Kirstin Porter, Shelby Killingsworth, Hailey Williams, Hailey McNabb, and myself, Priscilla Joslin. The leaders: Kelly Dighton, Dani Markham, and Carol McNabb did everything from acting as chauffeurs to chaperones.
Our team learned many new things on this trip. These included teamwork, leadership qualities, and good sportsmanship! We also met many new friends.
The contest included horse judging, which is checking for conformation and numbering the horse classes 1 to 4. We also participated in the horse bowl, which is jeopardy with horse questions. Our team also competed in the written exam, as well as a hands on test. Public speaking was yet another facet of the competition.
All in all, our team had a great time, and the trip is all thanks to you for donating money to help us get there! A special thanks to the Friends of Delta Agriculture, who paid for our meals, an anonymous sponsor, who donated money for our jackets, and Custom Steel, who paid for the embroidery on our jackets! In addition we want to thank our 4-H leaders! Without everyone’s help we could not have gone.
Our team had a blast! We placed 5th out of 7 teams along with our individual awards! If you are interested in joining the local 4-H club please call Kelly Dighton at 808-352-7678 or Dani Markham at 907-322-8367. Thank You!
Submitted by Priscilla Joslin