XENIA — Greene County youngsters got a chance to horse around Tuesday during the first county-wide Cloverbud Stick Horse Fun Show.
Cloverbuds, ages 5-7, from all local 4-H clubs were invited to make and ride their own stick horses for the event. A total of 38 horses of all shapes and colors galloped into the arena to complete one of three pattern challenges — barrel, key hole or pole.
“We have a stick horse show for our club Cloverbuds every year,” said Susan Pollock, 4-H Club Advisor for Just Horsin’ Around. “We do it to keep these little guys busy while their siblings are showing. We usually never have more than five kids. This year is the first time they’ve done it county-wide so we’re kind of excited about it.”
Ohio’s 4-H Cloverbud Program is for youth age five and in kindergarten until they reach age eight and in the third grade. It allows for and encourages creativity and play. The goals of Ohio’s Cloverbud program are for children to develop the following skills: self-understanding, decision making, social interaction, mastering physical and learning skills.
During the July 29 show, the kids brought stick horses from a variety of materials, such as socks, wood, rag mops and broom sticks, with their own colorful twists like colorful ribbons, glittery jewels, pipe cleaners and camouflage paint schemes.
Sam Harting, 7, on his horse Soldier Potato, and Macie Mellotte, 5, on Miss Lucky, are currently Cloverbuds in the Just Horsin’ Around club. These pros demonstrated each riding pattern for the other Cloverbuds and their horses with names like Elsa, Caramel, Daisy, Buckeye and Bengal.
“It looked like they had a lot of fun,” Pollock said.
All “riders” received participation ribbons from 2014 4-H Sr. Horse Ambassador Madison Killbarger and Jr. Horse Ambassador Anna Kowal.