4-H Stars: It’s about learning

Sarah Radford

Sarah Radford has her brother, Vance Radford, to thank for helping her find 4-H.

“I always wanted to do 4-H and because of him, I am,” she said.

Sarah, 14, of Idaho Falls, rides in the Colton Wranglers Bonneville County 4-H Club led by Stan Brighton.

“It’s just a really fun club, and we get taught how to ride really well and we’re taught all the proper techniques,” she said.

In addition to riding in Horse 4-H, she’s also training a Tennessee Walker gelding given to her from her grandfather, Lonnie Jacobson, of Rigby. The horse hasn’t had much training, she said.

“The gelding named Apache is 4 years old and right now, we’re working together to catch up,” she said. “My grandpa gave him to me to train him, and right now we’re learning together.”

Sarah plans to continue participating in horse 4-H, and compete even more in the future. So far, she rides in showmanship and Western equitation. She rode in the two-day Bonneville County 4-H Horse Show at Wind River Arena and Stables in Ririe in August.

“In both classes, you have to show the judge how well you keep control of your horse, how well you ride and how well you do the pattern,” she said.

Sarah rides a horse named Ace and is the daughter of Corey and Erica Radford, of Idaho Falls.

“Winning is nice, but learning is the most important thing,” Corey Radford said. “It’s not about the ribbons, although that’s nice, it doesn’t matter whether they win first or get last place, it’s about having fun and learning about things to apply the life that is most important.”

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