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The long trail to the fair

PLATTSBURGH Last summer 13-year-old Trevor Gotto from Saranac attended the Clinton County Fair with his family. They spent much of their time watching the horse show. Trevor thought that the horse show looked like fun. He already had a horse at home and he decided that he wanted to compete with his horse at the 2007 County Fair.

The first thing Trevor had to do was join a 4-H club. He and his 10 year old sister Elizabeth decided to join The Trail Blazers 4-H club in Saranac lead by Julie Heath and Nancy Garrand. Trevor was highly motivated to make it to the fair and learn all he could about horses.

Trevor is one of the most willing to learn kids, leader Julie Heath commented.

When you are talking to Trevor about horses, he is all ears.

At 4-H meetings Trevor learned that there is a long list of requirements to meet and obstacles to overcome to earn the privilege of showing a horse at the County Fair. He learned that he would need to complete at least 2 projects during the year using 4-H project materials. He would be required to give a Public Presentation at the County Level. He would need to complete a Community Service Project. He would also need to display two static exhibits at the fair. A static exhibit is a stationary representation of knowledge gained during the year. For example, a horse 4-H member might exhibit home baked horse treats or a piece of equipment they made for their horse.

Then there are a series of pointed events for the 4-Her to choose from. A total of 4 pointed events must be completed. These events are educational events designed to develop horsemanship skills and expose 4-Hers to careers in the equine field. Trevor worked hard and was able to complete 5 pointed events: Horse Communications, Equine Day at Minor Institute, Horse Camp, Hippology and Horse Bowl.

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