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Free State 4-H Horse Club Kick Off

Despite cold temperatures, on Monday, December 19, Winston County youth got a chance to learn about horses. This was the first meeting of the Free State 4-H Horse Club which is meeting in Arley at Amory Arabians owned by Greg and Amy Ackley. Amory Arabians is very gracious to offer their facilities for the horse club. They are an Arabian farm with plenty of beautiful Arabian horses, but they also have ponies and donkeys and board a few other breeds too. It is a horse lovers paradise. The club is being led by Kerri Roberts, a Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA) horseback riding instructor and also happens to be the 4-H Foundation Agent for Winston County. Mrs. Roberts is being assisted with the club by Amy Ackley and Kaylene Prather, both experienced horsewomen.
The Free State 4-H Horse Club offers hands on learning to let youth learn more about the care, handling, and riding of horses. Members do not have to own a horse to participate, but those that do will be able to bring their horses to meetings in the future. Mrs. Roberts, said “The Free State 4-H Horse Club is brand new. We are starting out with basic beginner information and plan to progress to more advanced topics. This club will help those who do own horses to have more knowledge and be safer around their horses and it will give those who dream of owning a horse a glimpse into what that is all about. At the first meeting they groomed and saddled horses while learning conformation parts and safety. They also got to muck stalls. That’s part of it and they need to know that!”
The Free State 4-H Horse Club plans to meet monthly to increase their knowledge. One goal is to have the kids attend the State 4-H Horse Show in Montgomery this summer. The show offers riding classes in just about every event imaginable and also has educational contests including public speaking, horse judging, quiz bowl, art, and photography. “Even if these members aren’t ready to show their horse this year, it would be a great experience to go to the state show and compete in some educational classes and see what the show is all about,” said Roberts.
For more information on the Free State Horse Club and other Winston County 4-H Clubs contact Kerri Roberts at the Winston County Extension Office (205) 489-5376. 4-H is for youth ages 9-18.