St. Johns County 4-H Members Compete at the 4-H State and Regional Horse Show
SAINT AUGUSTINE – Thirteen St. Johns County 4-H members competed at the Area North Horse Show earlier this year at the Clay County Fairgrounds. At this event, eight youth qualified to compete at the state 4-H Horse Show in July which was held at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa.
4-H’ers Macie Cerasale, Lauren Musil, Alaina Gager, Dani Miller, Ayren Carucci, Addison Cerasale, Dana Kusch and Julie Palmer qualified to compete at this state event where they demonstrated their riding skills and sportsmanship. Regional qualifiers, Dana Kusch and Maci Cerasale, then competed at the Southern Regional 4-H Horse Show in Perry Georgia in early August.
It is great opportunities like this that give our local 4-H’ers the chance to show their abilities at the highest level, suggests Geralyn Sachs, 4-H coordinator. 4-H Clubs provide the opportunity for adult volunteers to work with youth in developing life skills and leadership that promote independence, generosity, mastery and a sense of belonging. In addition to joining a 4-H club, youth interested in horses may want to explore other horse related learning activities offered through the county 4-H program.
Hippology is the study of horses and includes a series of study sessions and state contests. Horse judging provides an opportunity for youth to learn and evaluate a horse’s form as it relates to function, and compare it to the ideal, as well as to other horses. Horse quiz bowl is a quiz contest of questions pertaining to horse topics where youth enjoy learning together and demonstrating their mastery of knowledge. Hippology, horse judging, and quiz bowl are ideal projects for youth interested in horses whether or not they have a horse.
4-H is a youth development program that enables youth to develop life skills, leadership and citizenship. Youth members ages 5-18, as of Sep[t.1, can enroll in the St. Johns County 4-H program ONLINE by going to: https://florida.4honline.com.
Caring adult leaders are also being recruited. Please contact the 4-H office at 904 209-0430 for more information.