Horses

Saddle up! A new club will ride into town and seek volunteers to help out their cause.

Brenda Gandy-Jones, Extension Educator FCS-4-H, CED, said the OSU Extension Service is organizing a new 4-H Horse Club.

For those interested, there’s an informational meeting at 6 p.m. Monday, July 26 at the OSU Extension office.

“Interested parents and volunteers are invited to join us for the purpose of organizing a 4-H Horse Club for youth who own a horse and are interested in learning more about horsemanship,” Gandy-Jones said.

As a volunteer driven program, a need for community volunteers is significant to the club.

“We are seeking volunteers who are committed to enhance these traits and abilities in our youth,” Gandy-Jones said.

The horse club would provide more opportunities for youth to learn and develop different skills.

“As a youth development program, we are committed to provide opportunities for youth to enhance horsemanship abilities and technical skill development of animal husbandry while promoting positive youth development of life skills,” Gandy-Jones said, noting those skills included “leadership development, positive character traits, citizenship skills and a developed sense of need for responsibility of actions, ethical behavior, community involvement and volunteerism are examples of positive life skills.”

Diane Fancher, leader of the club, said they want to find out how many kids are interested within the area, the age span of kids interested, as well as their knowledge about horses.

Fancher said they want to be able to “provide some programs to enhance or build on the knowledge they have.”

Fancher hopes to gain some interested families who would like to learn more about horses and said she would like to see the program grow as similar programs have in the past years.

The Stephens County Extension Office is located at the fairgrounds at 2002 S. 13th Street, Duncan. For more information and to register your interest in organizing a 4-H Horse Club, contact Gandy-Jones at 580-255-0510.

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