Ruff Riders begin new season

Photos submitted to Times Observer Eliza Brooks playing an Alto Saxophone solo for the residents of the Rouse.

The Sugar Grove Ruff Riders 4H Club began the new season with a horse demonstration done on advanced ground handling and communicating with your horses through body languages by leader Kelly Boisvert. This meeting was held on October 3 at the Sugar Grove Mission Covenant Church.

Following the demonstration, members were all given handouts on club dates, details about the events and the requirements for the 4H year program. All members were given information about the photo contest for the State Horse Show and information regarding the club fund raiser.

Alex Hangge was awarded a good sportsmanship award and a halter, for allowing a club member to use her horse at the club round-up from the previous year.

Members had all officers explain their roles for their job title. Elections will take place at the November meeting of officers. All members voted to add Kelly Boisvert and Jennifer Grooms as signers on our club checking account for future usage.

Leaders Kelly and Virginia demonstrated a training exercise called “Leap Frog.” All members enjoyed the demonstration.

Before the meeting ended all member shared a fun and unusual thing they did this past summer with their horse. Katie downs brought snack for the meeting.

Our November 7, was held at the Sugar Grove Mission Covenant Church.

Officers were elected. Eliza Brooks took the position of President, Garrett Cofer is the clubs Vice President, Katie Downs is the Secretary and New Reporter and Haley Graham is our treasurer this year. Social chair will be done by Marissa, Cameron, and Tracey.

Leaders Kelly and Virginia talked about Nutritional Tips. Discussion was about feeding by weight verses by volume. This was done with a hands on activity.

Members were reminded about Rotary Achievement night and the meeting of December 5 will be Christmas caroling with cookies at the Rouse Suites.

New record books were handed out to each member. Also horse enrollment forms and risk forms were handed out and new members were given rule books.

Members met at the Rouse Suites for Christmas Caroling On December 5. Many members shared special talents for the residents. We had gymnastics performed by several club members. We also had a flute solo and an alto saxophone solo. Guitars were played by Katie Downs and Garrett Cofer to lead the caroling. We even had several vocal solos performed by several members. Cookies and Apple Cider were shared with the residents after the caroling. The performances seemed to be a delight to all watching. The next meeting will be Jan. 2 at Sugar Grove Mission Covenant Church. It will be the club Christmas party.

All information presented to the paper was written by Katie Downs, club secretary/news reporter.