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Young 4-H groups prepare for fair

September 1, 2011
By Kathleen Palumbo
A drive past or stroll through the Canfield Fairgrounds the weekend prior to the Canfield Fair provides a glimpse into the countless preparations that take place to make the annual event a memorable one for fairgoers. Amongst those recently preparing for the fair was Canfield Bridle Buddies, one of more than 75 local 4-H clubs, which takes part in projects in the areas of horses and mini horses.

Meeting the second Wednesday of each month, members attend riding meetings, take part in food and clothing charities and 4-H parades, and of course participate in the Canfield Fair.

Canfield High School student Maddy Coalmer is one of the members of Canfield Bridle Buddies. She was present the weekend prior to the fair as the group readied barn stalls for the event.

Sharing that she has been riding since she was nine years old, Coalmer said she will be showing “Izzy,” a quarter horse she is leasing. Along with Izzy, she will be showing in this year's opening day competition during which she’ll be tested and graded.

She said she was happy to simply enjoy the experience, but when asked her hopes for riding “Izzy” in the competition, she jokingly replied her goal is “that I stay on.”

Maggie Rich, with whom Coalmer shares ownership of a mini, shared that although she won’t be riding her own horse this year, she will be showing “George.”

According to Jody Brown and Cindy Kingston, Canfield Bridle Buddies advisors, the group has an age minimum of nine, and members can remain through age 18. On the younger end, 4-H offers the option of membership in the Cloverbuds, for which members have to be eight and in the third grade.

Cloverbuds membership offers a learning experience with the opportunity to make friends with no pressure.

“We’re the little buds starting out,” said Jamie Pierce, whose daughter Alexis is a member.

Individuals interested in membership in Canfield Bridle Buddies can view further information on the groups Facebook page, and contact Tony Carrera at 330-547-6625.



Article Photos

Photos by Kathleen Palumbo, Town Crier correspondent
Maggie Rich and Ben Rich of Western Reserve Schools, and Alex Nischwitz and Maddy Coalmer, of Canfield High School spent Sunday, Aug. 28 embellishing the stalls at the fairgrounds in preparation for this year’s Canfield Fair. The girls are members of Canfield Bridle Buddies.

 
 

 

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