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Young Riders Start The Year Off With A Bang by Rachel Lentz, Club Reporter The Tate County 4-H Young Riders started the new year with great enthusiasm. After competing in the Northwest District and State horse shows, the club elected new officers at the September meeting. Sara Welch; president, Christopher Neal; vice president, Cassie Urban; secretary, Bradley Gordon; treasurer, Rachel Lentz and Kourtney Ford are sharing the role of reporter, Caleb Townsend; recreation leader, Chad Manus; flag holder, and Katie Hancock as song leader. After elections were finished, the club had a visit from Bobby Billingsley and Glenda Rhodes, officers of the North Mississippi Equine Association. They informed the club that the association was folding and presented the club a check. The association voted to donate the remaining funds to the Young Riders. The check was in the amount of $1200. The Young Riders are grateful to the NMEA for their donation. As part of the club's responsibility to community service, the Young Riders and the other 4-H clubs in the county have been participating in a canned food drive for the families who are in need. The club who collects the most items will receive a gavel set. Also, the Young Riders hosted as spaghetti supper for injured fire fighter, Pat Hardison. As you well know, Pat was injured in a house fire. The supper was held at the extension auditorium on November 5th from 5-7 pm. The spaghetti was cooked by 4-H moms and served by moms and members. The club raised a little over $400. The money will be deposited to the Pat Hardison Fund. The Young Riders are hoping to complete another successful year. The club was recently named Tate County's 4-H Club of the year at the Tate County 4-H Year End Awards Banquet. Also to be congratulated are Christopher Neal and Holly Pinkerton for the Work Horse Award. Cassie Urban for winning the "I Dare You" Award and Rachel Lentz for Outstanding Junior 4-Her award. The clubs next project includes working on the float for the Christmas parade and making cards and ornaments for the residents of the Senatobia Nursing Home. The club will be visiting with the residents and passing out Christmas cheer. Last but not least, the Clover bud program is going strong. Under the guidance of Sandra Slocum, Angie Archer and Gidget Lentz, these 4-Hers under age 8 are hoping to have a busy year as well. They recently had a harvest festival at Misty Meadows ranch. Many of the Cloverbuds were the stars of the evening at the 4-H year end awards banquet. The Cloverbud Choir was the main entertainment. The brave and beautiful kids sang for an audience of 100 or more. Songs they sang included: "God Bless the USA", "5 Fat Turkeys are We", and "He's Got The Whole World in His Hands". Members of the choir included Heather Gordon, John David Slocum, Alexis Millington, Morgan Archer, Madison Archer, Tamera Johnston, Kimberly Daniel, and Stephanie Daniel. Way to go guys! Their next project includes planting pansies at the Northwest arena.

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