4-H Equine Run Open To Community, May 14
May 3, 2023 | View PDF
The Richland County 4-H Horse Club is having an Equine Run on Sunday, May 14, west of Fairview and is inviting the public to join them.
Designed similar to a poker run the 4-H horse club is having an equine-based community event. The eight-mile trail ride starts at 34787 County Rd 134 and proceeds across lovely spring pastureland along the beautiful hills of eastern Montana. While there will be no gambling, the cost to participate will be $10 a hand. Riders will receive additional cards along the way at water stations and the one with the winning hand at the end is the winner. After the ride, there will be a silent auction and community potluck meal. The ride starts at 1:30 p.m. There will be support vehicles present.
In part, this event is a fundraiser and an event to promote 4-H in the area and show the public some of what they do.
4-H is not just showing. 4-H members can do labs, leadership classes, and other educational opportunities. Josie Evenson, Richland County 4-H and Youth Development Extension Agent said, "4-H is about making the best better. Offering a community event is part of their pledge."
The club uses equipment for learning how to ride, trail equipment, arena equipment, and more. In addition to teaching the youth members how to ride safely and with confidence they also spend time teaching the members about horses and animal science.
This past winter they spent an afternoon with the members so that they could learn about the health of horses, this also included making a first aid kit. The 4-H program provided some items for the first aid kits. Some were donated, but the club also had to purchase some. Funds that are raised also help in activities like that. Instead of asking people for money the club kids are providing an event they can participate in. A few of the members also wanted to hold an event so they could invite their non-4-H friends.
Evenson said, "After 2020, it has been hard to get people together for community events. It would be nice to get people together again like we used to." To RSVP call 406-433-1206 by May 8.