Renewed Interest A 4-H Goal

Advertisement

Lani Hall's goal is for Payson 4-H to become the popular youth group it was when she was a member from 1979 to 1986.

"For some reason it kind of died out in Payson," she said. "But we're working to bring it back."

photo

Shea Nelson was a big winner in the junior class age division (9-14 years) at the 4-H horse show held July 29 and 30 at the Payson Event Center. Nelson won western bareback, western riding and western showmanship gold medals.

As a Gila County Youth Development Agent, Hall is teaming with Payson 4-H volunteer sponsor Susie Belcher to increase membership and interest in the local youth group.

Among the first challenges the pair faced was to host one of two 4-H horse shows to be held in Gila County this summer. The first show was July 29 and 30 at the Payson Event Center. The other will be Aug. 13 at the Gila County Fairgrounds in Globe.

At the Payson competition, about 15 4-H members, ages 9 to 19, representing both the Payson and Young chapters, showed up to showcase their skills.

"When the show came out in the (Payson Roundup) paper, I had some people call wanting to enter," Hall said. "But you needed to be a (4-H) member."

Among those in the audience during the two-day show was Payson High School agriculture teacher and Future Farmers of America sponsor Wendell Stevens.

photo

Destiny Wagenknecht was among the 15 4-H members to participate in a youth horse show held July 29 and 30 at the Payson Event Center.

"4-H is important, it feeds into our FFA program," he said. "This is where I get my kids."

Also on hand to do the all important judging were Lori Brown, Jessica Brown, Media Hunsaker and Sue Hunsaker.

On the first day, entrants were put through their paces in the timed events which included barrel racing, pole bending and goat tying.

The following day, the equestrians performed English and Western show events. For the competition, 4-H members were grouped into three divisions -- novice, junior (9-14 years) and senior (15-19 years).

The top three point producers in each division at the Globe and Payson shows are eligible to participate in the Arizona State 4-H horse show to be held in October in Scottsdale.

Although the horse show was the focus of the weekend, Hall is quick to point out that 4-H is about much more than equestrian competition and skills.

"There are so many things 4-H does -- raising farm animals, agriculture, cooking, after-school projects, health and wellness, preparation for the workforce," she said. "In Young, we even have a scrapbooking club."

According to a 4-H website, the organization's programs are intended to "further the development of social, emotional, physical and academic skills among our nation's youth."

Hall said by becoming a member of 4-H, youngsters can participate in trips both in and out of state, learn leadership skills and earn grants and scholarships.

Also, she added, children and youth who become involved in 4-H are better prepared to become contributing members of society.

For more information, call Hall at (928) 474-4160.

2005 Gila County 4-H Horse Show Results

Pole Bending

Junior Class (ages 9-14)

1st- Amanda Haworth

2nd- Jordan Hunt

3rd- Sarah Scott

4th- Scout Harper

5th- Noble Tanenhaus

6th- Noelle Gordon

Novice Class

1st- Lexi Cline

2nd- Franchesca Brooks

3rd- Jesse Moore

Goat Tying

Junior Class (ages 9-14)

1st- Jordan Hunt

2nd- Amanda Haworth

3rd- Destiny Wagenknecht

4th- Noble Tanenhaus

5th- Scout Harper

6th- Carly Haworth

Novice Class

1st- Jesse Moore

Barrel Racing

Junior Class (ages 9-14)

1st- Amanda Haworth

2nd- Shea Nelson

3rd- Jordan Hunt

4th- Noelle Gordon

5th- Noble Tanenhaus

6th- Sarah Scott

Novice Class

1st- Franchesca Brooks

2nd- Michaela Perry

English Bareback Equitation

Junior Class (ages 9-14)

1st- Jordan Hunt

2nd- Amanda Haworth

3rd- Rachel Weatherly

4th- Scout Harper

Working Hunter

Junior Class (ages 9-14)

1st- Scout Harper

2nd- Rachel Weatherly

3rd- Jordan Hunt

Hunt Seat Equitation (over fences)

Junior Class (ages 9-14)

1st- Jordan Hunt

2nd- Scout Harper

3rd- Rachel Weatherly

Hunter Hack

Junior Class (ages 9-14)

1st- Scout Harper

2nd- Rachel Weatherly

3rd- Jordan Hunt

Hunt Seat Equitation (flat)

Junior Class (ages 9-14)

1st- Rachel Weatherly

2nd- Scout Harper

3rd- Jordan Hunt

English Pleasure

Junior Class (ages 9-14)

1st- Scout Harper

2nd- Amanda Haworth

3rd- Jordan Hunt

4th- Rachel Weatherly

English Showmanship

Junior Class (ages 9-14)

1st- Rachel Weatherly

2nd- Jordan Hunt

3rd- Amanda Haworth

4th- Scout Harper

Western Showmanship

Junior Class (ages 9-14)

1st- Shea Nelson

2nd- Noble Tanenhaus

3rd- Noelle Gordon

4th- Amanda Haworth

5th- Jordan Hunt

6th- Carly Haworth

Novice

1st- Lexi Cline

2nd- Jesse Moore

3rd- Michaela Perry

4th- Franchesca Brooks

Western Pleasure

Junior Class (ages 9-14)

1st- Amanda Haworth

2nd- Sarah Scott

3rd- Noble Tanenhaus

4th- Carly Haworth

5th- Noelle Gordon

6th- Jordon Hunt

Novice Class

1st- Franchesca Brooks

2nd- Lexi Cline

3rd- Michaela Perry

Western Equitation

Junior Class (ages 9-14)

1st- Sarah Scott

2nd- Amanda Haworth

3rd- Jordon Hunt

4th- Carly Haworth

5th- Noble Tanenhaus

6th- Destiny Wagenknecht

Novice Class

1st Franchesca Brooks

2nd- Lexi Cline

3rd- Michaela Perry

Western Riding

Junior Class (ages 9-14)

1st- Shea Nelson

2nd- Sarah Scott

3rd- Destiny Wagenknecht

4th- Noelle Gordon

5th- Noble Tanenhaus

Novice Class

1st- Michaela Perry

2nd- Franchesca Brooks

3rd - Lexi Cline

Trail Class

Junior Class (ages 9-14)

1st- Amanda Haworth

2nd- Sarah Scott

3rd- Carly Haworth

4th- Destiny Wagenknecht

5th- Jordon Hunt

6th- Noelle Gordon

Novice Class

1st- Michaela Perry

2nd- Lexi Cline

3rd- Franchesca Brooks

Reining

Junior Class (ages 9-14)

1st- Amanda Haworth

2nd- Noelle Gordon

3rd- Sarah Scott

4th- Carly Haworth

Novice Class

1st- Franchesca Brooks

2nd- Michaela Perry

3rd- Lexi Cline

Western Bareback Equitation

Junior Class (ages 9-14)

1st- Shea Nelson

2nd- Jordan Hunt

3rd- Amanda Haworth

4th- Destiny Wagenknecht

5th- Noelle Gordon

6th- Sarah Scott

Novice Class

1st- Lexi Cline

2nd- Franchesca Brooks

Commenting has been disabled for this item.