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October 14, 2013

Stephens County 4-H Horse Club hosts open show

DUNCAN — Members of the younger generation had an opportunity to show off their horse riding and handling knowledge, while working to raise money for the Stephens County 4-H Horse Club.

The club had its open horse show Saturday at Claude Gill Arena with 20 to 25 horses being entered. There are about 15 youths in the club.

“A lot of these kids are in 4-H in Stephens County,” Valerie Halterman, club advisor, said. “We do have some kids from other areas, as far as Altus.”

The show was open for anyone to come out and watch without being charged admission. The fundraising portion of the show came from entries and concessions. Halterman said the funds help offset arena rental costs while helping to grow the club.

Most of the youths involved in the horse club live in Stephens County. Halterman said they live as far southeast as Velma and as far northwest as Central High. She said some club members don’t actually live in Stephens County but go to school in the county.

Fallon Warren, a Marlow Middle School seventh-grader, said the horse club has given her something to do with her grandfather, Jerry Warren.

“He taught me how to ride when I was a little girl,” Fallon Warren said.

She said competing in the open horse show is a lot of fun because of the competition and because she gets to spend time with her friends from around the county. Although she wasn’t sure how many people were going to compete in Saturday’s event, she was happy to see a good number of people taking part.

“There’s quite a few here,” Warren said.

Halterman said the horse club teaches its members how to handle horses, from showmanship to grooming tips. She said not every member has a horse, but they all are working to learn more about riding and taking care of horses.

The club meets on the second Monday of each month. For the past few months, club members have been meeting at Claude Gill Arena so they can ride as part of the meeting.

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