4-H booklet makes artistic connection

EQUESTRIAN

February 14, 1993|By MUPHEN WHITNEY

As much as I love horses, I never have been able to draw a picture of one.

Last week, though, I finally was able to draw a fairly recognizable picture of a horse, thanks to the 4-H Horses Are Fun Project Booklet #2. Connect-the-dots can make an artist out of anyone!

I picked up the connect-the-dot drawing and a challenging crossword puzzle at a 4-H booth at last week's Ag Days Expo at the Cranberry Mall in Westminster.

Horse interests were well-represented among the displays and exhibits, which had the theme of "Carroll County Agriculture -- Growing Better Every Day."

People stopping by the booths manned by the Carroll County Equestrian Council, the Hoofbeats 4-H and the Carroll County Horse Force 4-H had the chance to learn a lot about what is going on with horses in Carroll County and elsewhere.

The Hoofbeats booth offered a step-by-step guide to bathing horses, a chart of lamenesses, articles from the 4-H Horses Are Fun Project and scrapbooks detailing past Hoffbeats projects.

High school students Alicia Wells and Meredith Killmon were joined by Jessica Herbert and Kim Friedman, students at East Middle School, and Charles Carroll Elementary School students Bridget and Josh Buchman in explaining their love of horses and of 4-H activities.

"It's not as busy right now, but it was really crowded last night," Josh said last Saturday afternoon. "We've been telling people about 4-H activities and how to join a 4-H group. We've got some new people coming to our next meeting."

The many volunteers who staffed the Carroll County Equestrian Council booth offered a new packet of information on the county's trail system. The packet contained maps of the trails at Piney Run Park, Gillis Falls and Union Mills as well as a map of the new show ring.

"We want to make these maps available to all horsemen," said volunteer Carolyn Garber. "People who didn't make it to Ag Days can get a copy of the brochure and maps by calling (410) 857-2103."

Garber also noted that the council will finalize plans at its March ,, meeting for activities it is planning to commemorate National Trail Days in June.

Ginny Fair, organizer of the Horse Force 4-H, said that many members of their group do not own their own horses.

"You just have to be a horse lover to join our 4-H," Fair said of the group, which is based in Manchester. "At our monthly meetings we have a horse science lesson and some kind of activity such as a game or a craft project."

Horse Force also sponsors the Horse and Pony Fun Day each October at the Ag Center in Westminster. This activity is especially notable because Horse Force provides the horses and ponies for anyone who wants to compete in the games.

During the Ag Days expo, members of Horse Force demonstrated various crafts, the proper procedure for cleaning tack and how to sketch a horse.

Learn about care of teeth

This Wednesday's Carroll County Equestrian Council Education Seminar is free and open to all horsemen.

The subject this month is one that is important for every horse's well-being: the care and health of the horse's mouth.

Equine dentist Lars Curley is giving the seminar.

Call (410) 857-2103 for more information, or just show up at the Agriculture Center in Westminster at 7:30 p.m.

Clinic with an Olympian

If you haven't yet signed up to attend the Bruce Davidson clinic Feb. 27-28 at Shadowbrook Farm near BWI Airport, call Joyce McDonald at (410) 796-4947.

Attending as an auditor ($25 per day) is an especially cost-effective way to learn from this master horseman and Olympic veteran.

Calendar of events

Feb. 14 -- Longjohn Dressage Show. 9 a.m. Olney Farm, Joppa. (410) 877-1887.

Feb. 17 -- Carroll County Equestrian Council educational seminar on equine dentistry with Lars Curley. 7:30 p.m. Extension office at the Agricultural Center, Westminster. (410) 857-2103.

Feb. 27-28 -- Flat and jumping clinic with 3-Day Event rider Bruce Davidson. Shadow Brook Farm, Elkridge. (410) 796-4947.

Feb. 28 -- New Kids 4-H and Arnold's Tack Shop Winter Horse and Pony Schooling Show. Gambler's Reward Stable, Sparks. (410) 875-2050.

March 6 -- Longjohn Dressage Show. 9 a.m. Olney Farm, Joppa. Entry fees: $12 per ride, $10 for Pony Clubbers. (410) 877-1887.

March 6 -- Maryland Horsemen's Party and Blue Ribbon Auction. 7:30 p.m. Sports Palace at Laurel Race Course. (410) 252-2100 or (410) 422-7803.

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