By Sara Nelson
COAL LAKE LIGHTHORSE 4-H CLUB
Greetings everyone! Coal Lake Lighthorse has had an amazing month and busy one as well!
To start off the month we had our general meeting where we discussed upcoming events that we could attend. We also decided what our club clothing will be for the year… jackets!
On February 15, 2015 we had a ride with our amazing trainer, Danielle Frederickson. We worked on transitions between the walk, jog, and posting trot combination. This got our horses and us transitioning faster and smoother between the different speeds.
Two very short days later we had our club public speaking event. At 4H public speaking events, there are two speeches you have to do as a member. The first is a prepared speech, where we choose any topic, prepare it before the event and then preform it. The speech can be anywhere from 3 to 6 minutes depending on what age category you are in. In our club there were topics on a variety of subjects, ranging from about how jump rope is a sport, to women in the trades, to a speech about the impact of concussions. All of the members did very well in whatever we spoke on. The second speech you have to make is an impromptu. For this speech you draw 3 slips of paper, each with a topic, and then speak on one of them. You have 15 seconds to decide which one you want and then 1 minute to prepare. You then have to talk on that subject for one minute. This speech can be very challenging for some but it is a good way to learn to speak on the spot. All of us in the club did really amazing on all of our speeches and four of us girls are going to go speak in District Public Speaking on March 6th and 7th.
On February 21, 2015 we had a clinic with Teri Larsgard. At this ride we learned how to work alongside of our horse and work as a team. We worked on our lopes and how to get both horse and rider more confident in the saddle. Teri worked with us a little more individually with the way that we all ride differently. No horse and rider is alike. We always learn so much at these clinics and we are privileged to be getting this help.
It has been a great month for us! Thank you to all who have helped us throughout the month. It is much appreciated! Hope you all have an awesome March!