New 4H programs provide opportunities for county youth

Friday, May 3, 2013
Mississippi County 4H Horse and Pony Quiz Bowl group.

The Mississippi County 4-H Horse and Pony Quiz Bowl team had its first meeting April 20. This group is for 4-H members ages 5, 6 and 7 and focuses on learning about horses and riding without actually handling or riding the horses. The goal is to have a team ready to begin competing at the district and state level in two to three years. Rhoda Yost is the leader of this group, which is still seeking new members.

The older 4-H members who are interested in riding and horsemanship have begun training for competition in the district horse show, to be held June 25 in Searcy. They will also begin June 7 competing in the weekly Chickasaw Saddle Club shows.

Another new program within the Mississippi County 4-H program is the marksmanship and gun safety program. 4-H members ages 9 years and older are learning to safely handle and shoot rifles and shotguns. Teams have been formed and have begun participating in competitions around the area.

Sometime in the next month the bb gun safety and marksmanship program will begin. This program is aimed at younger 4-H members who are not experienced marksmen, and will provide marksmanship and gun safety training to 4-H members ages 5 and over.

For more information about these and other 4-H programs, contact Torya Fields at the Mississippi County Cooperative Extension office at 870-762-2075.

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