4H’ers face a test of showmanship

Connor Doucette
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4H member Chantelyn Logan shows off one of the two horses as part of the final show of Achievement Day on Friday at Maltby Stables.

AMHERST – Members of the 4H club faced their final challenge during Achievement Day at Maltby Stables.

Sheep, dairy, and light horse were just a few of the categories DD members of the 4H competed in Friday as they practiced their showmanship with all types of animals.

“This all part of their end of the year wrap-up,” said general leader Sharlene Carter-Earle.

“Everyone who joins 4H chooses to work with either animals or life skills. This is where those that chose animals show their showmanship.”

The contestants go station to station, following the judges commands as they show the animals off.

“The judges give them each a couple minutes with the animal and mark them on how they present them,” said Patricia Ferrigno, one of the 4H leaders.

“It gives them the opportunity to learn how to handle all of the animals.”

Patricia’s daughter Moya was one of the contestants and said that 4H is a great group for people looking for a variety of activities.

“There’s so much you can learn and take out it to use in the world.”

One of the junior members, 11-year-old Dylan Corkum, has a grandfather and a grandmother that are both 4H leaders, and says he’s happy to take part.

“I really like the public speaking because it helps you learn not to be nervous anymore. And there’s lots of great people in 4H to meet and become friends with.”

connor.doucette@amherstdaily.com

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