4-H Stars: Honing his riding skill

Cache Elkington

Cache Elkington is honing his horseback riding skills now so he can be a rancher one day.

Cache, 9, said he can develop his horses better by herding cattle on the range.

“I think I can train horses easier around cows in the mountains and where there are big mountains for them to climb up” Cache said. “I like working cows and riding in the mountains to check on them, and it’s fun to ride through streams.”

Raising cattle also suits Cache.

“It’s fun to see the baby calves as they are growing up,” he said.

Cache rides a black, miniature mare named Cupcake in the Jefferson County Silver Spur 4-H Club. This is his first year in 4-H and he also raised a market pig.

“Cache has so much fun in 4-H where he enjoys meeting new friends and the rural lifestyle,” said his mom, Megan Elkington. The Chace and Megan Elkington family are of Rigby.

Cache qualified to ride Cupcake in the dummy roping at the Eastern Idaho State Fair where kids ride up to a stationary, imitation steer and rope the head and back heels five times each.

“He only missed one head and a heel, but didn’t place in the top six for a ribbon,” Megan Elkington said, and Chace Elkington added, “We really like this program because it gives kids a chance to do this in a controlled environment.”

Megan Elkington said Cache bought his first pony at age 5.

“I bought my first horse with my own money and train my own ponies. I help my little brothers saddle their ponies so we can all rope and ride together,” Cache said.

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