My 4H Foundation

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At six years old I bridled a pony.  By myself.  It was how it had to be if I wanted to take my first-ever horse ride.  There were no parents taking pictures documenting the event.  I remember it like yesterday, in my mind, logged there forever.  My Mom and Dad were hard working parents with five children. Cameras were a luxury and free-time even more scarce.  So, there are NO pictures of me on a horse in our family albums.  That space was reserved for birthday parties with great grandparents.  Lucky for me, my sister shot a photo or two when we were old enough to earn a simple camera.
How funny to see the styles and how things have changed.  Most of all I love looking back…despite the style changes, my good ole 4-H basics are there.

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Without a big budget, I was driven to perform to the best of my ability with the tools that I had.  This foundation lead me on a path that spans just about every discipline with every breed.  I am sure you all know how much work it takes to be ready for any level of competition and how driven we are to combine success with fun.  Now I feel I could drop into any type of competition with the right horse.

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I might need to polish up a few style changes but the ole “4-H foundation”  would give me the confidence to just go for it.  51 years of this horse thing and I still can’t get enough of it.

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I might need to polish up a few style changes but the ole “4-H foundation”  would give me the confidence to just go for it.  51 years of this horse thing and I still can’t get enough of it.

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THE 4-H PLEDGE

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.