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Giddy-Up And Go! With Desoto County 4-H by Lori Simpson Desoto County, Miss. 4-H Club has had an extremely busy past six months. After the arrival of the new Home Economist/4-H Horse Leader Sandy Slocum, the club started out by electing officers and changing the name of the club. The name was changed to "Giddy-Up". The 2000-2001 officers are as follows: President: Nicole Johnston; Vice President: Mamie Tomlin; Secretary: Sarah Guenther; Treasurer: Kristin Prenkert; Reporter: Lori Simpson; Historian: Toni Sayger; Parliamentarian: Shannon Snow; Song Leader: Banks Ready; Recreation Director: Megan Dorris. Due to the large amount of Cloverbuds (5-8 year olds), a Cloverbud Committee was established. Alexis Keenum was chosen as the chair of their committee. A lot has been going on recently for the group. The March meetings were held at the Shelby Showplace Arena, where they were attending clinics. The clinic held on Trailering Safety was March 6, and the Care of the Aged Horse clinic was held on March 20. On April 13-14, the 4-Her's attended a clinic by Vicki Kinsey of Brookhaven. At the clinic, all the young horsemen and horsewomen learned everything from Showmanship to various Hunter Under Saddle. It was held at the Northwest Arena. Desoto County 4-H has also planned a county show for June 23. The show contains all types of events seen at 4-H shows. It will start at approximately 10:00 in the morning. Long sleeves will be required in all events. There will be 15-minute intervals between certain classes when a game event will be held. The rain date will be July 7, and the show is to be held at the Hernando Saddle Club in Hernando, Miss. A summer clinic is also planned. It will be held May 29-30, a Tuesday and Wednesday. All areas of horse care and horsemanship will be covered. A photographer will also demonstrate picture taking to the children, and they will take pictures for possible State competition entries. For more information about the county show, or 4-H meetings, please contact Sandy Slocum at the Extension Office 662-429-1343.

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