LOGAN — The dawn of the new decade was quickly followed by the organizational meeting of the Hocking County 4-H Horse Team.
The group met for the first time last week to gather together old and new members in preparation for a new season of state competitions.
Former members returning for another year of competition include: Isee Beiter, Kayle Bond, Avery Dicken, Abby Kerns, Hailey Kidwell, Andrea Klingelhafer, Stacey McKnight, Abigail Smith, and Allori Wolfe.
The Hocking County 4-H Horse Team is a group of devoted young equine enthusiasts who meet three times a month, January through June and do weekly homework to learn everything they can about horses under the guidance of team coaches, Amanda Thompson, Christina Bond, Jessica Klingelhafer and Rita Jones.
According to Thompson, the purpose of Hocking County 4-H Horse Team is to provide education to youth interested in horses. Youth use this knowledge throughout the year during state level competition including: State 4-H Horse Bowl, April 4; State 4-H Communications, April 25; State 4-H Hippology and Horse Judging, June 15; State 4-H Horse Poster Contest, July 1; Ohio State Fair Junior Horse Show, July 20-24; State 4-H Competitive Trail Ride, Sept. 11-12; and the State 4-H Groom and Clean, Sept. 26.
Although participation is open to 4-H members enrolled in 4-H Horse Projects, youths do not need to actually have a horse. Young horse lovers who are interested in learning more about horses, even though they do not currently have a horse, can enroll in the 4-H Horseless Horse project and still be eligible to participate in the horse team.
While the each member and parent must sign and return the Hocking County 4-H Horse Team Member Agreement to OSU Extension, Hocking County by 1 p.m. on Jan. 17, there will be a second deadline (to be announced) following the county’s official 4-H project deadline March 27 since many members new to 4-H may still be undecided about their projects.
However, potential new members, are encouraged to meet the Jan. 17 deadline in order to get the full educational benefit of the program and to stop by the next meeting of the Horse Team, scheduled for Jan. 14, 6:30-7:30 at The Bowen House, 196 N. Market St.
Horse Team information sheets and applications are available at the Hocking County Extension Office, 150 N. Homer Ave. Logan, Ohio, or on line at https://hocking.osu.edu/program-areas/4-h-youth-development/4-h-forms