Welcome Kayla Wells to Camden County
Originally from Aurora, IL, Kayla grew up as an active member of 4-H clubs. She focused her projects on horse showing, judging, horse bowl and hippology. That foundation led her to attend Blackhawk College East (Kewanee, IL) where she received her Associate’s Degree in Equine Science. She went on to complete her undergraduate degree in Agriculture Media & Communications at West Texas A&M University (Canyon, TX). At both schools, Kayla competed in Western Horsemanship on their equestrian teams and judged on their horse judging teams. Kayla then received her Master’s Degree in Agriculture Extension & Education from New Mexico State University (Las Cruces, NM) while assistant coaching their collegiate horse judging team. Throughout her 4-H, collegiate and professional career, she has won 19 world/national championships in horse judging and equestrian, played an active role in teaching/coaching 4-H youth in horse projects, led NMSU’s horse judging team to a top 10 finish at the All American Quarter Horse Congress and American Quarter Horse World Show and planned state 4-H horse contests in New Mexico. Her personal interests include showing and training all around horses for AQHA events, judging horse shows professionally and teaching clinics. Kayla is passionate about developing youth through 4-H programs, camps, schools and clinics. She is excited about her recent addition to Camden County’s Extension team and hopes to continue to grow the county’s 4-H programs.
2016 Missouri 4-H Equine Tour
Fifty Missouri 4-H horse project teens spent six days exploring the equine careers and industry in the Lexington, Kentucky area May 23-29, on the tenth annual Missouri 4-H Equine Tour. The 2016 tour had a strong emphasis on the thoroughbred racing industry beginning with a daybreak viewing of race horses breezing at Keeneland, visiting the premier thoroughbred farms of Clairborne, Gainesway, and Judemont; a thoroughbred rehabilitation facility, New Vocations; and viewing the races at Churchill Downs. The tour also included visits to outstanding Icelandic, Saddlebred, and Quarter Horse farms.
Participants gained information about equine education programs at the Universities of Missouri and Kentucky, Midway University, North American Racing Academy and Kentucky Horseshoeing School. The tour visited equine related health facilities at Kentucky Equine Research, KESMARC, Park Equine Hospital and observed a surgery at the Lexington Equine Surgery facility. Many presenters during the tour were former 4-H members including the editor of The Horse, staff at the United States Equestrian Federation and KEEP. A visit to the Kentucky Horse Park gave participants opportunities to view multiple equine competitions and explore the world renowned equine exhibits. The 4-H slogan, ‘Learn by Doing’, was evident with the visit to the Ride on St. Louis as the group learned about equine assisted therapy and completed a community service project.
Jayden Stewart, Camden County 4-H Member, participated in the 2016 Missouri 4-H Equine Tour. Jayden was this year’s recipient of the Jonna Kay Witherow 4-H Equine Scholarship.
“This tour has proven invaluable for our 4-H youth who have an equine passion looking for career directions combining their personal skills and equine interests. We continue to learn from former tour participants how life-changing career decisions have been a direct result of experiences from our Missouri 4-H Equine Tours. This tour has a four-year plan visiting a different destination annually to learn more of the indigenous equine industry with the states of Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas 2017 destinations. Our staff strongly believes that this tour provides Missouri 4-H youth with a valuable exploration into a multi-million-dollar industry and how they can find their niche in the horse world.” states Debbie Davis, 4-H Youth Specialist. Additional Equine Tour University of Missouri Extension staff are Marci Crosby, Shane Potter, Amanda Davis, Karen Branstetter and retired staff member, Carol Parmenter. For additional information: firstname.lastname@example.org or 816-539-3765, Clinton County University of Missouri Extension.
The Clover Connection is a monthly newsletter for 4-H families and friends.
December 2016 (PDF)
November 2016 (PDF)
October 2016 (PDF)
Get involved with 4-H
Young people are welcome to join any of the Camden County clubs. They can attend meetings, complete 4-H projects, exhibit their projects in the local fairs and the state fair, participate in local events, state and national trips and events and qualify for college scholarships. Camden County currently has 806 members and adult volunteers enrolled in 4-H clubs. Contact Sam Lower, 417-532-7126 or email@example.com, for more information.
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