Each Wednesday evening until the Rock County Fair in late July, 4-H horse project members will be learning horsemanship basics in the newly resurfaced arena at the Rock County fairgrounds in Luverne.Horse superintendent Chad Meinerts gives 4-H’er Morgan Bonnett of Luverne a few horsemanship tips.Syndal Pick of Luverne saddles her horse named Hollywood for the first weekly Wednesday night session.Young riders Chance Heyden and Cash Bonnett take their horses around the fairground’s arena during Rock County 4-H’s first night of weekly horse riding sessions on Wednesday, May 13, in Luverne.First-year 4-H horse project member Jennifer Konz (far right) closes the trailer door as her sister, Crystal Roelfs, tends to their horse named Junior. Both are from Beaver Creek.Rock County 4-H Horse Project veteran Joanna Westphal (far left) points to the equitation questions for a crossword puzzle with horseless project participants Mia Wenzel and Tyrae Goodface. Pictured (from left) are Goodface, horseless helpers Thea Richards and Andrea Severtson, Wenzel and Westphal.

Basic learning

Summer sessions begin for 4-H horse project members

The Rock County 4-H Horse Project participants kicked off their 2015 season Wednesday, May 13, with the first of 11 sessions to help 4-H’ers learn to ride and be eligible to show at this year’s Rock County Fair.

The sessions take place each Wednesday evening from now until July 22. Each of the 42 horse project members is required to attend five sessions in order to participate in the 4-H horse show slated for July 31-Aug. 1.

Six adult horse superintendents conduct the sessions that teach horsemanship and showmanship skills along with trail and game patterns. Two special English riding sessions and two clinics will also be conducted this summer.

Also attending the first session were 4-H’ers enrolled in the horseless horse program.

This program is for 4-H’ers who do not own a horse but who want to learn more about horses and horse care. Teaching the horseless horse participants are older 4-H’ers who show in the horse project.

Also on Wednesdays is the horse-training program, where 4-H’ers work with a yet-to-be-ridden horse.

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