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Brown County 4-H'ers help build a whole new generation of horse enthusiasts!


Each spring the Minnesota 4-H Foundation distributes grants to 4-H clubs who want to make a difference in their community. We will be featuring one grantee every month this year to celebrate all the wonderful ways Minnesota 4-H'ers are living out the 4-H Pledge. Our February featured grantee wanted to build horse enthusiasm and access for youth across Brown County, Minnesota. We hope you enjoy their story.

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Say "welcome" to the Golden Rose Riders 4-H Club of Brown County, established in September of 2014! This club's goal is to increase local youth interest and education in the Minnesota 4-H horse project. Participation in Brown County 4-H's horse project has been low in numbers lately, but local interest in horses is high. Using this knowledge, the club decided to hold a clinic to introduce area youth to the horse project, their new club, and 4-H in general. With a Helping Hands Grant from the Minnesota 4-H Foundation, the Golden Rose Riders 4-H Club was able to host the event titled "Equine Adventures."


Set out to educate youth on various aspects of working with horses, as well as to spur interest in the horse project and the Golden Rose Riders 4-H Club, club members brainstormed activities for the event. It was completely designed by the youth members, with adult leaders helping only with implementation. The 4-H'ers were able to share their horse knowledge and expand their speaking and leadership skills, as they lead the activities during the event.

Partnering with the New Ulm Regional Veterinary Center for educational materials, and using horses from members' parents, the Golden Rose Riders 4-H Club offered participants a chance to learn about horse grooming, care, nutrition, and safe handling. Additionally, youth got to view a roping demonstration, participate in a scavenger hunt, color, and of course, spend lots of time with horses.

Throughout the day, youth of all ages were engaged in learning about horses, and the 4-H members got to spread their knowledge and passion with others. Participants loved the opportunity to get to ride a horse, led by a junior leader or adult.

The event was such a success that the Golden Rose Riders are planning to offer it again in 2016. They hope to add a photo station as well as one additional educational station, and have their fingers crossed for a slightly cooler day.

Minnesota 4-H is beneficial even to those youth not involved in horses; says Becky Cselovszki, mother of Kenzie, the Equine Adventures youth leader, "4-H has been an integral part of Kenzie's life. She is a straight-A student, very involved, developing a great resume, and we owe her initiative and leadership skills to 4-H. As a mom, I think every child should participate, because there truly is something for everyone!"

The Minnesota 4-H Foundation is proud to fund projects that expand access to youth who have not previously participated in 4-H programs. To learn more about our Helping Hands Grant program, please visit http://z.umn.edu/helping.

By Madeleine Miller
Minnesota 4-H Foundation

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