Camden County 4-H awards the Jonna Kay Witherow Memorial Scholarship
Camden County had their annual dinner on February 28, 2017 in Camdenton. During the event, Camden County 4-H recognized the recipient of the Jonna Kay Witherow Memorial Scholarship. Jonna was an active 4-H member in Camden County that participated in a wide variety of activities, events and trips. One of her favorite trips was the Missouri Equine Tour. The 2017 Tour will take place on May 22 through 28 and will travel to Oklahoma and Texas. They will visit numerous equine trainers, businesses and facilities.
Bailey Murphy is the 2017 scholarship recipient and she is very excited to learn more about pursuing a career in the equine industry! Jonna’s parents, John Witherow and Connie Long attended the annual dinner to present Bailey with the scholarship. Camden County 4-H is appreciative of the Witherow’s support of 4-H and lifelong learning and wishes the best of luck to Bailey Murphy!
Left to right: Eric Petska, Extension Council Chair; 4-H YPA Kayla Dill, Connie Long, Bailey Murphy and John Witherow.
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: email@example.com or 816-539-3765, Clinton County University of Missouri Extension.
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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 Kayla Dill, 573-346-2644 or firstname.lastname@example.org, for more information.
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