As a way to encourage those who are interested in the 4-H Horse Program in our county in Montana, we at S Heart Performance Horses awarded two weanlings to deserving young people in the fall of 2008. A King Fritz/Sugar Bars bred colt found a new home with 10 yr old Robert Bliss and the King Fritz/Sr Doctor Tari bred filly is residing with 10 yr old Erika Cremer. The requirements that were set for the award by the 4-H leadership and S Heart Horses involved applicants submitting a letter containing a plan of care, i.e., feeding, training, etc. and the applicant’s long term goals for the colt. It was understood that the recipients must complete at least one year in the 4-H Horse Program before they would be entitled to the registration papers.
We are happy to report that the yearlings were both shown and won blue ribbons at our county fair in 2009. Robert and Erika received their colt’s registrations at the end of the 2009 fair! They both brought their colts back to the fair in 2010 in the 2 year old under saddle class. Both students did a wonderful job of training their colts—Congratulations to them both!!! In a county where horses are used on a daily basis in the agriculture industry, it stands to reason that we have an excellent 4-H Horse Program. Some of the projects are: Horsemanship, Showmanship, Colt To Maturity and Packing. The leadership in the clubs is excellent—-involving women and men who are interested in promoting horses not only as recreation, but as a way of life. The ranchers in our county know the value of a good horse. The young people start to ride at an early age and learn to respect the importance of their equine partner. We congratulate Erika and Robert for a job well done and we want to share this success story with all who might read it. Erika and Robert, you’ve done a great job with your horses! Congratulations!