Tuesday, June 2, 2015

2015 Silver Reins 4-H Achievement Day

Toni Lucas

On Saturday, May 30 the Silver Reins Light Horse Club held their 22nd annual Achievement Day. This is a day when the all the club members show the skills they have developed in the past season in English or Western riding, or both.  Categories included Showmanship, Western Pleasure, Western Horsemanship, Command, Trail, English Pleasure, English Equitation, and Hunter Hack.

Janet Taylor and Megan McGlynn
Judge Bonnie Lund said she was very happy the club members showed respect for their animals, each other, and the audience.  "Many of these animals are very green to 4-H." Lund explained even an experienced rider on a green horse may have issues.  The horse can react to the unfamiliar sights, sounds, the audience, unfamiliar horses, and the excitement of their rider.  One rider who elected to walk her horse over a bridge that the horse refused to step on she said, "That's excellent Stacy.  You're building confidence in your horse."

Stacey Olivieri walks her horse
After a challenging day of showing the club members gave out thank you gifts to many of the people who helped them throughout the day and over the course of the season. Then they took the time to have races for fun. This was obviously a good bonding time for club members. One of the challenges was a boot race.  Two people started at one end of the arena without their boots, had to run to their boots that were a distance away, then raced to their horses, which were being held by a club member. Once there they could don their footwear, mount their horse, and run for the finish line at the far end of the arena, to the cheers of the crowd.  A great way to end a day.

Johnny Terpstra
Silver Reins Light Horse Club Members

Group 1: Johnny Terpstra, Kelly Turnbull
Group 2: Alina Pharis, Kim Turnbull, Jessie Terpstra, Stacey Olivieri
Group 3: Alexandra Russell, Erica MacKenzie, Kassi Wells, Sydney Bruder, Sommer Hagley
Group 4: Taylor Wells, Megan McGlynn, Janet Taylor

Alina Pharis
Kelly Turnbull
Megan McGlynn
Janet Taylor
Bonnie Lund, Jessie Terpstra, Sydney Bruder

Erica Mackenzie

I pledge my head to clearer thinking,
My heart to greater loyalty,
My hands to larger service,
and my health to better living,
for my club, my community, my country, and my world.

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