Editor's Note: The following is our latest 4-H Member of the Month, sponsored by Nelson Motors and Equipment. We thank Nelson Motors for their continued support of this initiative, and we salute 4-H for continuing to make a difference in the lives of young people.
4-H Members of the Month: Breanne and Brooklyn Wright
Club: Browning 4-H Club
Age: 9 and 8
Age group: Junior and cloverbud
Breanne and Brooklyn Wright love animals, and horses in particular.
So, the Browning Multiple 4-H Club's light horse project is absolutely perfect for them.
Breanne, age 9, is a junior in her fourth year of 4-H, while Brooklyn, 8, is a third-year cloverbud.
Breanne first gained an interest in 4-H when she was three years old, because she wanted to be riding horses. She was at an afternoon family day hosted by the Prairie Crocus Equestrian Centre near Lampman. Ashley Kerslake, who is a 4-H leader, owns the facility. Glenn Gress with the Browning Club informed them about 4-H and how Breanne could be around horses, so she was eager to join.
Breanne has also enjoyed success in public speaking. She made it to provincials in the 4-H competition earlier this year for her speech on how she became a 4-H member. She was also invited to present that speech at the Estevan Farmers' Appreciation Evening in April but couldn't attend.
She also likes the other members in 4-H, and she has made some good friends.
Brooklyn said she likes the fun activities and the trail rides that are offered by the club. She recalled that during the club's achievement day last year, she was riding a horse named Rags. A storm rolled in, it started pouring rain and she became nervous, but she still made it through the obstacle course without a problem.
Then during one of the trail rides, she was riding a horse named Engine with whom she also had a great relationship. They were roping when Engine started crow hopping because he was excited to be out in the pasture.
Brooklyn wanted to join 4-H because of all the fun her older sister was having.
The sisters said they would recommend 4-H to other people, and they believe other young people would enjoy it.
"It's a good club and all of the members are so nice," said Brooklyn. "And the leaders are cool."
The light horse group typically meets twice a week from April to mid-September. They just held their club wind-up. But they will still meet once a month in Lampman or Benson. Once it's spring, they're back on the horses.