OREGON COUNTY -- Recently the Oregon County 4--H Horsemanship Group applied for and received the William T. Kemper Community Service Grant from the Missouri 4--H Foundation in the amount of $500 for the purpose of adding lighting to the Thayer Saddle Club arena.
According to Nancy Reed Oregoncoordinator, completion of the project will enable riders to practice and ride beyond dusk in addition to holding events for youth and families in the community.
Funders for this project are the William T. Kemper Foundation, Commerce Bank, trustee and the Missouri 4--H Foundation.Recently, the group met to paint and spruce things up at the arena for spring.
The group project group formed in September 2002 under the leadership of Trisa Johnson of Myrtle and was assisted by Barbara Alford. Reed said they have had meaningful meetings and tours, each child maintains a horsemanship notebook, they have attended State Judging Contest in Sedalia and sent a Hippology team (horse knowledge) to Contest Day in Columbia. Any county resident interested in their child being part of this horsemanship group may call Johnson at 417-938-4777 or Alford at 417-764-3477.
The E$xtension office or Reed may be reached at 417-778-7490.