Hello everyone! It’s been an awesome start to 2015 with a number of activities for the Coal Lake Lighthorse 4H club!
To start things off we had our club meeting on January 5, 2015. Here we discussed details for the upcoming public speaking events for both our club and at the Regional level which our club is responsible for organizing. In preparation for our club public speaking event on February 17th, we handed in the title of our speeches, and then practiced impromptus. Everyone is now getting ready to talk on different topics and interests.
On January 11 we had a ride with our amazing riding instructor, Danielle Fredrickson. Here we did a lot of bending and getting our horse (and us) to learn how to stay controlled and balanced even when turning in circles. Loping and cantering is always an interesting part of the lesson but we always learn more and more with practice. We always learn so much from our rides together!
A short six days later we had a clinic with Teri Larsgard. During this clinic Teri taught us a lot about collection and having good frame. In this, we really had to try and figure out how our horses react to different things and then work with them to get the result we want. All in all, there is always a lot more to learn but we are all improving with our skills of coming together as one team and connecting.
On January 24, 2015, five of our members went out to the Camrose Regional Exhibition where we took part in the annual Bull Congress. 4H members from across the district came together and started the day off with socializing and eating some donuts. From here the senior members took a bus out to a nearby arena where we judged young heifers, heavy horses, and light horses. At each station there was a judge that told us how to judge the different livestock. After their talk, we got a chance to use what we had learned and then judge the animals ourselves. After this we went back on to the buses and headed back to Bull Congress where we had pizza and then we were able to look around at all the exhibits that were there. There was also a scavenger hunt for all who wished to participate. It was an awesome day and we all learned so much!
Overall it has been an incredible start to 2015 for our 4H club!
Sara Nelson and Janine Tatlow
Coal Lake Lighthorse Club Reporters