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4-H has Horse Club and Horse Academy

The Letcher County 4-H Horse Program is open to youths ages 9 to18 years old.

Youths learn all about horses and the horse industry, and may choose to participate as horse owner or non-horse owner.

The club meetings are held the second Tuesday of each month from 4 to 6 p.m. From April through November, meetings are held at The Stables at Creekside Glen, Partridge. December through March, meetings are held at the Letcher County Cooperative Extension Office, 478 Extension Drive. Both locations are in Letcher County.

Due to COVID-19 things are going to be a bit different. Youths may enroll at the first meeting. The first meeting will be held via Zoom on March 9 at 4 p.m. Call the Extension Office to register and be added to the Zoom meeting.

The 4-H Horse Program Horse Academy is designed to give volunteer leaders and 4-H’ers a road map to increase their horse knowledge and verify their accomplishments. This is a 5 Level Program that starts at the basics of horsemanship and horse science, and builds upon the individual’s knowledge as the levels increase. The program is designed to take 4-H’ers through a year of lessons, activities, and skills, however, if the 4-H’ers are more advanced, they are allowed to work through the book at their own pace. The volunteer leader is responsible for verification that each 4-H’er has completed each lesson, activity and skill before allowing them to take the Level Completion exam.

Once a 4-H’er has completed the workbook and the leader has signed off on the lessons, activities, and skills, the 4-H’er may take the level completion exam under the supervision of extension personnel (agent, staff assistant, specialist, etc). These exams are available on-line through the agents’ resource page under the title of Horse Academy.

It is asked that once the person takes the exam, the county agent notify the Horse Extension Associate that the exam was completed and passed. After the 4-H’er has taken the exam and has received a score of 70 percent or higher they will receive recognition that they have completed the level. 4-H’ers are encouraged to wear their level completion pins to district and state competitions.

For more information, call the Letcher County Extension Service and speak to Crystal Smith, 4-H Youth Development Agent, 606- 633-2362 or email @ crystal. smith@uky.edu.

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