IHC Grant Recipients
2012 Iowa Horse Council – Grant Recipients
Equine Welfare Grant Recipient
Mahaska County 4-H Horse Helpers – $1,000
Toward the new arena project at the Southern Iowa Fairgrounds in Oskaloosa – to correct an unsafe situation.
Trail Grant Recipient
TROTT (Trail Riders of the Trace Trail) – $500
Purchase of chain saw and pruners for maintenance of existing trails
Page County Conservation Board – $1,000
Pierce Creek Trail Crossing – to correct drainage issues
2010: Waubonsie 4-H Horse Camps
Twenty-third Annual 4-H Horse Camps a Success
The 2010 twenty-third annual Waubonsie 4-H Horse Camps were a huge success. Twenty-nine campers and five high school age camp counselors attended the June 3-5 Horse Camp and 30 campers and one college age camp counselor attended the June 5-7 Horse Camp. Campers from Iowa, Nebraska, and Missouri enjoyed a fun and productive weekend with their
4-H horses. “The Fremont County Fairgrounds and Sidney Iowa Rodeo Arena are great facilities that ensure a safe environment for young riders with horses,” says Andrea Rexroth, Fremont County Program Coordinator. “We have some excellent volunteers that do a great job of instructing.” The purpose of the horse camp is to help 4-H’ers learn and improve riding skills, prepare for exhibiting and learn about horse care while eating good food and meeting new friends. The campers ranged from age 12 to 18 years old. “We typically see a huge improvement in confidence and ability of those younger riders,” indicates Tonya Hutt, Waubonsie Horse Camp Coordinator.
Tonya Hutt, Fremont County 4-H Alumni and past participant, coordinated this year’s camp. Assisted by very dedicated and enthusiastic volunteers, Tonya shared her knowledge and equine skills to make a memorable horse camp weekend for the 4-H’ers. Rexroth says, “The success of our 4-H program would not be what it is without the help of dedicated people willing to share their experiences, time, and expertise for the development of our youth.”
During the first camp, 4-H’ers were divided into five smaller groups and partnered with High School age 4-H members as counselors. Campers were assisted by their counselors, camp volunteers, and presenters individually to improve their equine skills. Campers spent much of their time on horseback learning different leads and developing riding skills. The horses benefit by working near other non-familiar horses. “Throughout twenty-three years of 4-H horse camps, over 834 kids have become better horsemen and better people because of this program. That indicates to me that there is still a viable need for the 4-H horse camp to provide a positive experience in young people’s lives,” says Rexroth. Plans for the twenty-fourth annual camp are already underway.
Special presentations at this year’s camps were by Morgan Snyder; Danielle Burns; Maryville Veterinary Clinic: Dr. David Frueh, Dr. Patrick O’Connell and Dave Beason; Glenn Reed, Kelli Paulson Plowman. Thanks to a $300 grant from the Iowa Horse Council, Fremont County Extension was able to recruit this year’s qualified speakers.
Other key volunteers donating their time to prepare food in the food shack, as riding instructors, helping kids with horse tack, or providing general supervision were: Carol Carver; Terry Anderson; Krista Wilson; Sandy Apperson; Doug Jamison; Monica Carlson; Sheryl Kirkpatrick; Desirae Martin; Amy Wyman; Larry Glasgow; Emily Aistrope; Heidi Lowthorp; Jessica Lowthorp; Billy Dyke; Bailey Wilson; Irene Pauley: Fred Peterson; Tami Hall.
Thanks to the Fremont County Fair Board for use of the fairgrounds and horse barns; the Sidney Iowa Rodeo Board for the use of the rodeo arena and facilities; the Waubonsie Saddle Club for use of horse panels and showers; HyVee and Fairway for assistance with camp food; and the Sidney American Legion Club for use of the club as a backup shelter in case of bad weather.
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Special Thanks To:
2007: Jasmine Hobart
“I would like to thank the Iowa Horse Council for the $250.00 Grant that allowed us the opportunity to have Will Faudree in Iowa for an eventing clinic. It is really nice to know the support from the IHC is being the equestrian community in Iowa, in so many ways. Without your help many things would not be possible. The grant was used to help pay Will Faudree’s fee of $2600.00”
– Jasmine Hobart