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Monday Evening-Western Classes

Posted Wednesday, August 4, 2010, at 5:43 PM


    Western is held on Monday evening.  We used to take 2 days to complete the show.  Back in the days when my kids were in 4-H, there were over 100 4-H members attending the show.  It has had a steady decline over the last 10 years or so.  I am happy to say that this year has shown an increase. 

    I have said it before, I can't figure out why more kids don't participate.  I have spoken to lots of kids that would like to, but have a hard time getting to the meetings for practices and such.  Horse 4-H costs about 20$ per year, but it is a pretty hands on activity.  It seems there aren't alot of parents who have the time to be that hands on.  I am hoping that this coming year will show another increase.  There are a ton of fun activities, and sooo many great instructors giving hours of assistance. 

Bring your kids and/or grand kids!


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Above:  This is "Planet" a mare of mine.  She is 15, and I imagine she feels she has done her "time" at the Fair with my kids.  She is showing what she thinks about it!

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It does get very hot.  We make sure the kids stay as hydrated as possible.

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Above with broken leg is my friend Sharon:  She took a spill horseback almost 2 months ago, but it does keep her from doing her share at the fair.  I met her about 15 years ago, when her daughter, Ginny, was 10.  Ginny was in my 4-H club til she graduated High School.  I am best friends with pretty much all the Moms I met that way.  I just keep them for always. 

Sharon is sitting with our Working Ranch Horse leader, Paula.  Paula puts in endless hours to make the kids have the experience of the old ways with horses.

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Above is Wendy.  (who apparently doesn't love that I"m taking her picture)  She is Allisyn's Mom, and my new friend for life.  I'll be writing about her in 10 years while she helps at the Fair in 2020.  Bet me.

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Kids waiting their turn .....

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This little Kill Deer was NOT happy that we were having our show so near her next.  She is giving me dirty looks and trying to look very fierce.  ME?  I take a picture.

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Shannon is another many year friend.  She was finishing up her 4-H career, while my kids were in full swing.  She now has a daughter, (below:black & white paint) who is showing traditionally.  Shannon and I share a birth date, (tho separated by 10 years) and a ton of memories.  Shannon is sitting by her Mom, Arlene, who was/is a dedicated 4-H Mom/supporter.  (As was her Mom, Glenna)

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Wayne gives "Hi 5's"


I have thought of a new blog.  I am going to put up some pics of kids that are kids of previous 4-H members.  If you are one, send me your pics!



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Great pictures. Thank you for sharing. I too just "recovered" from yet another broken leg. Still not back 100% on my horse. This time it really hurt and I have found does not feel very good even if they say it is better (but not 100%). Broken bones are a drag. Oh well. Live to ride another day. Thanks again for the photos Jess.

-- Posted by OpinionMissy on Wed, Aug 4, 2010, at 7:55 PM

Yes, Sharon's leg is badly broken. Several little pieces...and has 2 plates and lots of screws. She will never make it thru airport security.

What happened to break your leg? That's terrible!

I'm glad your enjoy the one ever says anything, so I wonder if they even look.... but I enjoy sharing, nevertheless.


-- Posted by jessiemiller on Wed, Aug 4, 2010, at 9:54 PM


Your pictures are great! I always enjoy them. I can't wait until my kids are old enough to participate in 4-H.


-- Posted by CHandy on Thu, Aug 5, 2010, at 8:47 AM

Christina! Good to hear from you. You will be another one who participated, and soon will have your own kids participate. I can't wait for that too!

Thanks for commenting!


-- Posted by jessiemiller on Thu, Aug 5, 2010, at 9:36 AM

Jessie I always enjoy your pictures, I haven't been posting much in the past few weeks, busy with other things.

If you want more comments put something political in your blog and you will get them. HA ! I did that with my blog "Drill baby Drill" and I got more comments then ever before.........

-- Posted by MsMarylin on Thu, Aug 5, 2010, at 10:56 AM

I realize that political blogs get comments. My wish is to share what I feel is beautiful and have others see all the great things that are RIGHT HERE UNDER OUR NoSES.... in Mountain Home and surrounding areas. I love this town, this state, and this country.

I will say what aggravates me, is that if I said something ugly, I'd get comments....

But share something beautiful, and I can just feel folks shrugging their shoulders.... and yet... I persevere! Yay me!


-- Posted by jessiemiller on Thu, Aug 5, 2010, at 6:07 PM


Thank you for all of the time and energy you put in to lead these fortunate children. I appreciate that you spend the extra time to blog about the programs, and hope you spark some interest to bring more children into the program. Some of our horse leaders are absolutely gifted with thier knowledge of horses. Any child that has the opportunity to benefit is fortunate. In short, thank you for all you do. Thank you every volunteer to put in the time and effort to make this work for these young horsemen/horsewomen.

-- Posted by SharonKilburn on Wed, Aug 18, 2010, at 11:23 PM

Thank you Sharon. And right backatcha.... specially this year, while you were/are dragging around a gimp leg! .... (that is said with tons of love for ya.... and respect) I know it wasn't easy, Your dedication is an inspiration!


-- Posted by jessiemiller on Thu, Aug 19, 2010, at 2:54 PM

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