(Riverton, Wyo.) – Fremont County’s 4-H program is beginning its Centennial year this year and to kick things off, the annual Achievement Day was celebrated this past weekend at the county fairgrounds.
A large crowd of parents, friends and 4-H members gathered to enjoy a carry-in buffet of home-made dessert treats and to recognize those members and leaders for their hard work and dedication over the past year.
While the national 4-H program began in 1902 in Ohio, 4-H was first established in Fremont County in 1914 by Art L. Campbell. The program began with 6 clubs and 68 members. Today, Fremont County 4-H has 35 clubs with 500 participating youth and 250 volunteers.
The co-Master of Ceremonies for the event were Tenikah Dolbow and Katie Thayer, both of Riverton. The colors were presented by Riverton High School Military Science students and the crowd was led in the 4-H pledge.
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Photos by Ernie Over. Click to enlarge, mouse over for captions.
Among the awards presented were:
8-10 year old Junior Division Gold Status recipients: Kristen McPherson, Larrissa Webb, Abby Santee, Aiden Magruder, Mindy Russell, Leah Young, Coleman Barrett, Charlie Schmuck, Ian Magruder, Hailee Henry, Jaxon Stanley, Jacoby Johnson, Charmayne Dewey, Riley Stark, Hailey Spray, Kaitlyn Kiser, Shelby Crissman, Dustin Supino, Tanner Supino, Colter Colver, Kadden Lopez, Callahan Healy, Hannah Finn, Tyler McKeirnan, Jackson Hill, Keegan Thacker, Kiera Plymale, Tristen Watkins, Josh Stewart, Mya Tate, Olivia Bradley, Logan Lopez, Bailey Lopez, Morgan Hernadez, Nicholas Knigge, Paxton Rees, Colton Malcolm.
11-13 year old Intermediate Division Gold Status recipients: TJ Crissman, Emily Roseno, Peyton Rees, Dalton Lassiter, McKenzie Crandall, Jordan Johnson, Ian Ley, Dayne Bradley, Chad Stewart, Piper Stark, Steve Makin, Levi Coyle, Meeghan Healy, Jordan Schmuck, Joel Florquist, Emma Magruder, Elsie Campbell, Shelby Watson, Shane Dawson, Torrey McKiernan, Jade Barrett
14-18 year old Senior Division Gold Status recipients: Colter Lanier, Caiden Pfisterer, Dunkin Makin, Jonathan Rodewald, Hank Osborne, Dane Whiteman, Vanessa Powell, Jessica Makin, Keanan Pfisterer, Rachelle Hill.
Wyoming 4-H Honors Club: Devon Burrell, Hank Osborne, Johnathan Rodewald, Ransom Slack ,Dane Whiteman, Jacob Winchester, Rachelle Hill, Vanessa Powell, Haylee Lavoie.
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Honorable Mention: Colton Malcolm, Paxton Rees, Kiera Plymale, Tristan Watkins
3rd place: Abby Santee, 2nd place: Keegan Thacker 1st place Hailey Spray
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3rd place: Jade Barrett, 2nd place: Piper Stark, 1st place Peyton Rees
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3rd place: Colter Lanier, 2nd place: Rachelle Hill, 1st place Vanessa Powell
Accomplishments of Note
Each year Fremont County does exceptionally well in the many different state wide events:
• The Meats Judging Team consisting of Jacob Winchester, Jess Oldham, Hank Osborne, and Mark McConnell received champion honors at the State Meats Judging contest in April. They went to Kansas City to The American Royal where they placed 5th.
• The Horse Judging Team consisting of Tenikah Dolbow, Ranelle Hindman, Katie Thayer, and Devon Burrell received Champion Honors at the Horse Judging Contest During the Showcase Showdown. They then went to the Reichert Celebration in Fort Worth Texas. They placed 6th
• The Livestock Judging Team consisting of Mark McConnell, Jess Oldham, Becca Weber, and Karlee VonKrosigk. They received the Reserve Champion Honors at the Livestock Judging Contest at State Fair. They headed to the American Royal in Kansas City on Monday.
• Fremont County’s Dillon Hedges was selected to represent Wyoming in Pennsylvania in a National Rabbit Judging Contest.
• Each year Fremont County sends youth to the Showcase Showdown event in Laramie. This year Jordan Schmuck gave a presentation about the bones of the horse. She had painted each bone on the side of her horse. She received the most original presentation award.
At this year’s state shoot competition in Douglas, Fremont County sent several teams. Here are the State and Reserve Champion Individuals and Champion Teams.
• .22 Pistol Individual Champion: Hank Osborne
• .22 Pistol Reserve Champion Junior Team: Flint Pokorny, Tayte Thomas,Tystan Gorley and Dustin Supino
• .22 Precision Rifle Intermediate Individual Reserve Champion: Flint Pokorny
• .22 Light Target Rifle Junior Individual Champion: Maclean Hellyer
• .22 Light Target Rifle Senior Individual Champion: Hank Osborne
• .22 Jr. Precision Rifle Reserve Champion Team: Flint Pokorny, Tim Thiessen, Brooks Woody
.22 Jr. Light Target Reserve Champion Team: Maclean Hellyer, Kyle Carper, Jace LeClair, Ashton Gorley
• Jr. Air Pistol Reserve Champion Team: Kyle Carper, Tayte Thomas, Flint Pokorny, Maclean Hellyer
• Jr. Champion Light Target Air Rifle Individual Champion: Libby Logan
This year at the 101st Wyoming State Fair, Fremont County 4-H youth also did exceptionally well:
• Champion Intermediate Swine Showman: Wyatt Ramsey
• Champion Junior Swine Showman: Chase Taylor
• Reserve Champion Dairy Goat showman: Ashley Steffen
• Champion Pen Of 5 Market Beef
• Champion Saanen Doe: Tia Pierce
• Reserve Champion Nubian Doe: Ashley Steffen
• Reserve Champion Intermediate Hunt Seat Equitation: Makayla McPherson
• Reserve Champion Intermediate Western Pleasure: Makayla McPherson
• Champion Intermediate Western Riding: Ashley Steffen
• Champion Intermediate Goat Tying: Elsie Campbell
• Junior Champion Hunt Seat Equitation: Kristen McPherson
• Reserve Champion Mediumweight market hog: Madi Dolcator
• Reserve Champion Pen of 5 Market Swine
• Reserve Champion Dog Novice B: Becca Weber
• Champion Dog Non-Sporting Group: Vanessa Powell
• Champion Dog Agility Level 1 12-16 inches: Vanessa Powell
• Champion Dog Agility Level 1 16-22 inches: Tristan Watkins
• Champion Dog Agility Level 2 8-12 inches: Piper Stark
• Reserve Champion Dog Agility Level 2 12-16 inches: Vanessa Powell
• Reserve Champion Dog agility Level 2 over 22 inches: Vanessa Powell
• Champion Sr. Cake Decorating: Maci Evans
• Overall Champion FCS: Maci Evans
• Jr. Reserve Champion Food Preservation: Savannah Judkins
• Intermediate Reserve Champion Leathercraft: Silas Goetz
• Jr. Champion Quilting: Mya Tate
• Intermediate Champion Quilting: Emma Magruder
• Overall Reserve Champion Ropecraft: Kayla Rae Lawrence
Sr. Champion Light Target Air Rifle Individual Champion: Hank Osborne
• Jr. Precision Air Rifle Reaserve Champion Team: Flint Pokorny, Tim Thiessen, Kyle Carper, Caitlin Womack.
• Jr. Light Target Air Rifle Reserve Champion Team: Libby Logan, Tayte Thomas, Jace LeClair, Joe Hellyer.
• Intermediate Champion Individual Barebow: Jarrod Kobbe
• Jr. Unlimited Compound Bow Reserve Champion Individual: Colter Collver
• Jr. Freestyle Bow Reserve Champion Team: Colter Collver, Tristan Kettlehut, Wyatt Ramsey, Kadden Lopez
• Jr. Champion Outdoor Skills Individual: Libby Logan
Friends of 4H Awards: This award goes to individuals or business that have contributed significantly in time, money, facilities, etc. to the 4-H program.
• Trish Crippen-For her continued support as being the camp nurse and Club leader for the Tri-Valley 4-H club.
• Kevin Hermann- For his continued donations and support of the 4-H program throughout the many years. He has donated guns and archery equipment to the shooting sports programs.
• Amp Electric-
4-H Alumni- This award goes to a former member/leader and is successful in the community, in their business, or are successful in a leadership role.
• John and Verna Gonka – Horse shows,
• Shirley Henderson- Dog leader
• Margy Irvine
• Oldham Family