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4-H Reports – for Sep. 17, 2009

The Co-operator will publish 4-H reports once a month. Reports can be submitted by the third week of the month by e-mail to [email protected],by regular mail to 4-H Reports, c/o Manitoba Co-operator, 1666 Dublin Ave., Winnipeg, Man. R3H 0H1 or by fax to 204-954-1422.

JUDGES NAMED AT ROUNDUP

The second annual Manitoba Youth Beef Roundup was held at Neepawa July 31 to Aug. 2. This year, for the first time, the roundup included the selection of three members for the Manitoba 4-H and Youth judging team for Canadian Western Agribition Nov. 22-28 in Regina.

They will be judging 12 classes and oral reasons classes as identified. Tentative classes are market steer, milking cow, prospect steer, bred beef heifer, bred bull calves, dairy heifer, market hog barrows, breeding gilts, cow/calf pair, beef heifer, draft horse and light horse.

New this year, the grand aggregate winner of the Canadian National 4-H and Youth Judging Competition will have the prestigious honour of being one of the five judges in the First Lady Classic Heifer Show at Canadian Western Agribition. That competition will take place Nov. 24. Other awards include cash prizes and scholarships.

The three members selected at Neepawa were Austen Anderson from Swan River, Cory Bremner from Dauphin and Megan Kemp from Pilot Mound. These members, along with five more to be selected at StockFest, will represent the province.

STOCKFEST COMING UP FAST

The second annual Manitoba 4-H StockFest will happen Sept. 25-27 at the Keystone Centre in Brandon. Open to all 4-H members, the weekend will include horse, beef, dairy and sheep shows in addition to a wide variety of seminars and workshops.

Members will have the opportunity to meet fellow 4-H’ers and learn about grooming their animals, equine dentistry, holistic management and other topics. Complete information is available online at http://www.4h.mb.ca/story.php?StoryID=116. The deadline for registration was Sept. 10.

HAPPYROCK HORSESHOES (GLADSTONE)

The club held its achievement at the Gladstone Rodeo Arena grounds Aug. 7. Our club has five members: one beginner and four intermediate. The evening was damp but member enthusiasm was high.

Following the opening, all members brought their horses into the arena for a showmanship class, where Joanne Doell gave them pointers on their perfomance.

Then, the girls saddled their horses for a Pleasure class in which Heather Davey put the riders through their paces.

The highlight of the evening was the equestrian drill, in which eight riders performed a difficult pattern in the arena. Thank you to Joanne, Heather, Crystal and Brenda for helping to make this happen.

The riders then participated in some equestrian games that were open for everyone in attendance.

The club would like to thank the Gladstone Agricultural Society for the use of its grounds and the Neepawa-Gladstone Co-op for the proceeds from the pancake breakfast from Friday morning. – Kara Ferguson

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