4H members of the South Valley Silver Spurs Horse Club at a recent 4H show in Armstrong  From left to right Chelsie Lesnoski

4H members of the South Valley Silver Spurs Horse Club at a recent 4H show in Armstrong From left to right Chelsie Lesnoski

New 4H horse club created in South Okanagan

The South Valley Silver Spurs is the newest 4H club in the Okanagan Valley.

The South Valley Silver Spurs is the newest 4H club in the Okanagan Valley, and is welcoming all horse enthusiasts, ages nine to 19, from Summerland to Osoyoos.

The horse club is open to all levels of riders of any discipline and is run by experienced 4H leaders Janette Lauritzen and Susie Tebbutt. The club will offer regular riding lessons in English and Western, give lessons on roping, cattle penning, and trail riding. In addition, members will go on camp-outs with their horses, have stable management lessons and go on field trips to local saddle makers and foaling barns.

4H is a global organization with more than four million youth members worldwide. It aims to promote leadership, teamwork, healthy living, self-esteem and responsibility in caring for animal projects. In the South Valley Silver Spurs club, senior members pair up with junior and rookie members to act as mentors and build a spirit of teamwork.

The South Valley Silver Spurs is fortunate to have the assistance of one of only 10 provincial 4H ambassadors, Mac Tebbutt.

“4H is about animal care, and about developing life skills such as public speaking,” said Tebbutt.  “This year we are planning demonstrations. This includes public speaking in pairs where the juniors and seniors will work together to teach a new skill. This will be a fun and exciting night.”

Tebbutt said it is also an honour to start the new club with Lauritzen who was Tebuutt’s first 4H leader at 10 years old.

“I have had many horse projects, junior leadership projects and now this project as an ambassador.  I can’t think of a better way to celebrate 4H BC’s 100th anniversary than to lead off with a new set of  4H members,” said Tebbutt.

For more information on the club contact Lauritzen and Tebbutt at 250-490-9807 or visit them online at www.facebook.com/pages/South-Valley-Silver-Spurs-4-H-Club.