Yellowstone Silver Spurs, other 4-H groups ready for MontanaFair

Dante Filpula Ankney
Thursday, August 8, 2019
Rachel Spint, right, and Ciara Berkman pose with the horses they have been working with since October for this year’s MontanaFair 4-H competitions             . More 4-H photos on page 9.

Rachel Spint, right, and Ciara Berkman pose with the horses they have been working with since October for this year’s MontanaFair 4-H competitions
            . More 4-H photos on page 9.

Cipriana Stevens, 14, is in her 5th year of participating in 4-H for the Laurel Road Runners. She is the daughter of Kimberly Kano and Michael Stevens. This year for the Montana Fair she has entered a couple crafts and is participating in archery and livestock competitions with her chicken, rabbit, guinea pig, dog, and pocket pet. She is pictured with her chicken.

Cipriana Stevens, 14, is in her 5th year of participating in 4-H for the Laurel Road Runners. She is the daughter of Kimberly Kano and Michael Stevens. This year for the Montana Fair she has entered a couple crafts and is participating in archery and livestock competitions with her chicken, rabbit, guinea pig, dog, and pocket pet. She is pictured with her chicken.

Danessa Stevens, 15, is participating in her 5th year in 4-H for the Laurel Road Runners. She is the daughter of Kimberly Kano and Michael Stevens. This year for the Montana Fair she will participate in pistol and photography. For livestock competitions she will be participating with her cat. She is pictured with a “T-stand” for her pistol competition.

Danessa Stevens, 15, is participating in her 5th year in 4-H for the Laurel Road Runners. She is the daughter of Kimberly Kano and Michael Stevens. This year for the Montana Fair she will participate in pistol and photography. For livestock competitions she will be participating with her cat. She is pictured with a “T-stand” for her pistol competition.

Jennifer Larkins, 18, is participating in her 8th year in 4-H for the Laurel Road Runners. She is the daughter of Brett and Heather Larkins. She will be participating in ceramics, rabbit, poultry, and pocket pet.

Jennifer Larkins, 18, is participating in her 8th year in 4-H for the Laurel Road Runners. She is the daughter of Brett and Heather Larkins. She will be participating in ceramics, rabbit, poultry, and pocket pet.

Outlook photos by Dante Filpula Ankney Rachel Bartz, 16, is participating in her 8th year in 4-H for the Laurel Road Runners. She is the daughter of Jenine and Shay Bartz. This year for the Montana Fair she will be making fly spray and rabbit treats as well as showing two rabbits and a steer for livestock competition.

Outlook photos by Dante Filpula Ankney

Rachel Bartz, 16, is participating in her 8th year in 4-H for the Laurel Road Runners. She is the daughter of Jenine and Shay Bartz. This year for the Montana Fair she will be making fly spray and rabbit treats as well as showing two rabbits and a steer for livestock competition.

 

Tayden Lanaghan, 10,  is in his 2nd year of participating in 4-H for the Laurel Road Runners. He is the son of Brittany Lanaghan and Travis Lanaghan. This year for the Montana Fair Tayden made a “flock block,” his own take on homemade chicken food. He also made a fishing clock and is participating in livestock competitions with a chicken, guinea pig and mouse. He is pictured with his fishing clock and “flock block.”

Tayden Lanaghan, 10,  is in his 2nd year of participating in 4-H for the Laurel Road Runners. He is the son of Brittany Lanaghan and Travis Lanaghan. This year for the Montana Fair Tayden made a “flock block,” his own take on homemade chicken food. He also made a fishing clock and is participating in livestock competitions with a chicken, guinea pig and mouse. He is pictured with his fishing clock and “flock block.”

Outlook photo by Chris McConnell What a wabbit! Laurel 4-H member Cipriana Stevens shows off her 18–pound rabbit at the Laurel Outlook this week as she and other local 4-H students prepared to show their animals at the Montana Fair next week.

Outlook photo by Chris McConnell

What a wabbit! Laurel 4-H member Cipriana Stevens shows off her 18–pound rabbit at the Laurel Outlook this week as she and other local 4-H students prepared to show their animals at the Montana Fair next week.

The Yellowstone Silver Spurs 4-H group is finishing up their season by competing at this year’s Montana Fair Aug. 9-17.

4-Hers start their season every year on October 1 ending September 30. They are able to showcase their year-long work at the Montana Fair competing against other 4-Hers in their chosen event.

Brenda Rider is a parent of a current 4-Her and currently assistant horse leader for the Silver Spurs. She was able to give insight into the functions of 4-H and its positive impacts on kid.

“The cool thing about 4-H is that it grows these kids into being leaders,” Rider said.

It gives kids an opportunity to explore areas they may be interested in but had never been exposed to as well as showing them potential areas of study in college, according to Rider.

The Yellowstone Silver Spurs are a 4-H group from Laurel, just one of many 4-H groups in Yellowstone County and throughout the state.

Every club functions differently and each one has an area of competition in which they are stronger in than other clubs. Rider said that one of the main reasons that she and her daughter chose the Silver Spurs is because it’s a very strong horse club.

However, kids who participate still have the opportunity to take on all kinds of different projects from archery to ceramics to other livestock events. And ultimately the Montana Fair is where they are able to showcase their hard-work.

Students spend the days before competition practicing with their animals and making sure they are healthy, as well as finishing up other projects like ceramics, baking and sewing.

“It’s super hectic,” Rider said.

As far as competition days at the Montana Fair go, 4-Hers only get busier, especially if they have multiple projects which means multiple competitions according to Rider.

“It’s a lot of chaos but it’s a lot of fun too,” Rider said.

Ian Bergin, 9, is a young Yellowstone Silver Spur in his first year in the intermediate age level of 4-H. According to Bergin archery is his favorite 4-H activity because “you get to shoot bows and stuff.”

Bergin said he is looking forward to entering his projects because those who win get ribbons and some prizes include money.

Bergin said he is looking forward to competing in his 4-H competitions at the fair, but he is looking forward to the rides a little bit more than 4-H.

Both Rachel Spint and Ciara Berkman are participating in horse competitions at this year’s Montana Fair for the Yellowstone Silver Spurs.

Spint, 13, is the president of the Yellowstone Silver Spurs and has been in 4-H for 5 years. Berkman, 13, is in her 2nd year in 4-H. Both Spint and Berkman said they are a bit nervous for competition as it approaches.

“Everyone pretty much gets nervous at first,” Berkman said. However, despite the nerves, both are looking forward to the fair and the competition.

“It’s just a lot of fun to go against other people, it gives you something to challenge yourself with,” Spint said.

Both also mentioned the ability to communicate and make friends as their favorite part while talking about the Yellowstone Silver Spurs groups as a whole.

“My favorite thing about this group is the way we interact with each other,” Spint said, “we like to be around each other.”

Rachel, Ian, and Ciara are just three of many competing at the Montana Fair this year. Good luck to the Yellowstone Silver Spurs and all the Laurel competitors. The fair begins Friday, Aug. 9.

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