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post #1 of 19 Old 01-04-2009, 07:08 PM Thread Starter
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Cool Who's in FFA or 4H?

We were just talking in chat, and it dawned on me how many other FFA or 4H members there must be on this forum. So, I just wanted to see who was in either, and what they participate in. :)

I'm in FFA, and am a participator in our 4 membered horse judging team. I did 4H as a kid, and was in both a horse and dog club.

Who else?

Or who else was previously in either as a kid, and what did you do?
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post #2 of 19 Old 01-04-2009, 07:15 PM
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im in 4h i do western pleasure, halter,showmanship,horsemanship,and trail
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post #3 of 19 Old 01-04-2009, 07:20 PM Thread Starter
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Wow, that's awesome kershkova! Trail is actually my favorite event. :) Patterns would probably be my second favorite, though it is one that I never did personally. I'm hoping after working with Misty some more, I can do them in our open horse show in the future.

Thanks for sharing!
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post #4 of 19 Old 01-04-2009, 08:13 PM
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Last year when i still leased champ i did gameing in 4h i almost got to states this year i probley will because outlaw is very good with trail and halter.
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post #5 of 19 Old 01-04-2009, 08:39 PM Thread Starter
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Awesome. I'm very happy for you! State is a great experience.. no matter how well you do. I went in middle school with my dog, and even though we didn't place extremely high due to it being my first year and her being just a puppy still at under a year old, it was a amazing experience none the less. Now that I'm no longer in 4H, I still love checking out the 4H'ers at the state fair and all their projects.

And even if you don't happen to make it, just have fun with it! :) As cheesy as this sounds, it's one of those things you'll look back on.. Even if you don't place first, or you wash your horse the day before only to find the next day they're absolutely grungy from laying down in all the wrong things... just chalk it up as an experience. :) (Being that I have a cocker... when we where at state we used one of my pony tails and tied her ears in a pony above her head when she was eating to keep them from getting dirty. Me and my mom laughed about it the entire time up there. It's the stuff like that I remember the most about it all... heck... I was so nervous during the show I could barely remember what happened. lol.)

I see a lot of kids here get stressed out to the point of none other on show day.. And I just love to see kids who don't let all the little things bother them, and just laugh it off. :)

Anyways.... Can't wait to hear from you all! Maybe even share some memorable stories from your experience with it. That would be fun. :)
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post #6 of 19 Old 01-04-2009, 08:46 PM
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We're thinking about doing 4H this year. What did you like about it? What didn't you like?

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post #7 of 19 Old 01-04-2009, 08:51 PM
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I'm about to start in my third year in 4H. I'm just about the only English rider in the club... the only one who ONLY rides English with their horse, anyway. I love it. I've had so many opportunities with the 4H. Practice rides, fair... I went to State Skillathon and got 10th place in my age division in the summer, I got to ride in a few clinics, I went to State Horse Bowl and our team finished within the top fifteen, or so, two years ago I went to State Hippology, and I can't remember what we got >.< and-finally-we went to State Horse Judging and got 9th. (:

It's fun, I think, and a great way to get to shows and such.

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post #8 of 19 Old 01-04-2009, 09:13 PM
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I'm in both. xD
Been in 4-H and showing horses since I was 8 (I'll be 16 next week). I've done dressage and a little bit of jumping, speed stuff for fun, but nowadays with Gizmo I do western pleasure and horsemanship, showmanship, trail, reining for fun, and huntseat equitation and pleasure. My other horse, Montana, is going to my trainer for February so his career as a speed horse/possible reiner shall begin. xD I'm excited for that lol

I've been in FFA since my freshman year and plan to stick with it throughout high school. I don't really like the contests or anything but I love Ag Day! My friends and I get to think of something to do in front of groups of elementary kids and teach them about horses, which of course means we get to take our horses! We have two a year - one at the local county fair and one at our school, so yep, Gizmo has gone to high school.

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post #9 of 19 Old 01-04-2009, 09:32 PM
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I was in 4H from 4th grade until 9th grade and i was in FFA from 10th grade until 12th. i enjoyed FFA much more.

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post #10 of 19 Old 01-04-2009, 10:33 PM Thread Starter
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In regards to my experience with 4H, here's some of the things I did and didn't like about it.

Sadly, I think my age group was deprived of agriculturally influenced kids. There were kids older and younger than me that had all their friends from their age group they already knew.. and yet I was the only one my age in my 4H horse group. That, along with the meetings that were very uninteresting to me at the time (they may have gotten better since... but it really seemed to be run twords the likings of the older kids, not really 'exciting' or what not for the younger ages..).

Another thing, but this isn't really classified in either good or bad.. Because it's a horse group, all the practice and skill work was done on our own. If your going to be in the groups, I recommend maybe finding out if others in the group would be interested in having 'get together practice/learning days'. I'm sure all the 4H groups have their own 'style' of doing things... but ours didn't have anything like this when I was in it. Plus, considering we only had once a month meetings, getting together a group like this wouldn't make it an impossible thing.. like it wouldn't make your life fifty times more hectic.

The whole '4H event day' experience is AMAZING. I still go to it every year to watch, and having 3 cousins (two 12 and one 11) who have been doing it, I love to help them out prior to and on show day. All the kids seem to love the process of it all. It's a pretty big and exciting day for them to say the least.

Horse Camp. Here we have a horse camp every year in June, where all the kids who want to participate from any of the horse groups get to stay over night at the fairgrounds, and stall their horse at the fair grounds. During camp, they get to take place in almost every main horse event, whether it be showmanship, trails, jumping (it's a basic how to... not much more than a log on the ground or a very simple cross bar... thing... lol. sorry... idk what the term is... I've been a western person my whole life) etc. All the kids also get to tack up their own horses (older kids would help younger ones), clean up after them, and feed and water them. We also have really cool 'hands on' lunch time activities.. such as when I went we made pizza's from premade ingrediends... starting from a ball of dough, to cooking it on an open campfire. It was a blast.

One other thing... We had to give at least one demonstration for the year in front of the group... Which was a great way of learning new things from areas you aren't normally involved in. (we had a bunch of variety.. from horse stuff, to cow, chickens, pigs, rabbits, etc. Pretty much any demonstration teaching people something.)

Hmm... Yea. That was my 'highlights' of 4H. :) I'm sure all the clubs are different, but that's what I liked/disliked from my 4H experience.
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