CENTREVILLE — Delayed for a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Pony Express 4-H Club held what would have been their normal annual Spring Horse Clinic at the 4-H Park in Centreville, Saturday, May 15. Starting at 8 a.m., the clinic ran all-day ending at 5 p.m.
In the past, the clinic has been held over the entire weekend with 4-H members and their horses arriving Friday evening, staying overnight at the horse barn for the weekend, and not leaving until Sunday. However, as the pandemic appears to be winding down, the club youth leadership, with adult guidance, felt it was wise to move more slowly back to normalcy, holding only a one-day, outdoor clinic.
The clinic began with former Pony Express 4-H Club graduate, now certified veterinarian, Dr. Betsy Crook of Duck Creek Animal Hospital in Smyrna, DE, speaking on the topic of “vital signs” in doing preventive maintenance health care for their horses. The discussion included how to avoid unnecessary medical costs for horses.
That was followed by clinics with volunteer clinicians on the topics of horse Jumping, Gamblers Trail, Barrel racing, Jousting, Nez Perce stake racing, and a Hippology Contest — testing the 4-H’ers on their general knowledge of horses.
Adult co-leader of the club, Berl Jastram said, “We’ve been meeting via Zoom this year. This was our first in-person event since the pandemic started last March, 2020. I think the clinics went great, and the 4-H’ers enjoyed being outside together with their horses.”
Jastram added, “I want to thank all the clinicians who volunteered their time to come out to instruct and support 4-H.”
The next Pony Express event is scheduled for Friday evening, June 4, at the 4-H Park in Centreville. The club will be hosting an Open Speed Event program, with barrel and pole bending racing, and other speed related events. The program is open to all-ages, including adults, and begins at 7 p.m. The 4-H Park show ring is lighted for night riding, and the lights will be on that evening.