SUGAR GROVE - The Sugar Grove Ruff Riders met recently at Mission Covenant Church for their monthly meeting.
The 4-H pledge was led by Alyssa Brook. Attendance was called by Katie Downs and all members had to name the horse body part that 4-H leader Becky was pointing to on the horse chart in order to be marked in attendance. Downs read the minutes of the last two meetings and all members approved the minutes as they were read.
Members shared information on what they learned from the judges and their showing experience at the Nash Hill No Show in Gowanda. They received many helpful suggestions and tips from the judges. They encouraged all members to consider the opportunity of showing next year if the No Show takes place again. Club leadership then told members to think about display idea for the upcoming fair. The theme will be "Join the Revolution of Responsibility." All members were encouraged to write or draw their ideas by the next meeting.
Keith Baker gave an oral presentation on horse breed pedigree. The members found it interesting to talk about why bloodlines in horses are so important. The group then played a game with members to review horsemanship skills and ground handling techniques. All members were encouraged and given tips on helping them with their project books and record books.
As the meeting came to an end all members were reminded about the Lew Trumble riding clinic that will be held at the Warren County Fair Grounds on Sunday from 2-4 p.m. All members were told that in order to attend the riding clinic they need to bring proof of a current coggins and rabies vaccination.
The next Sugar Grove Ruff Riders meeting will be May 6 at the Warren County fairgrounds.
All members may bring their horses to the meeting to have riding practice in the show ring and to work on level one of the horsemanship skills, which will cover ground handling.