Meetings and Events
DATE: March 31, 2019
TIME: 4:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Fork Horners, N4291 County Road X, Gleason, WI 54435
WHC District 2 Gymkhana Clinic Held 5/6/18 Recap
WHC District 2 held a gymkhana clinic on May 6, at the Western Connection Ranch in Rhinelander. We would like to thank Richelle Beene and Norb Renn for being the host site for another District 2 clinic.
Mike McGowan, President of District 5, was our clinician. All youth and adults that participated in the clinic really enjoyed Mike’s knowledge and encouragement. This was the first time our district held a gymkhana clinic. When picking who we would like to get to be our clinician, our top pick was Mike McGowan. Mike has done clinics for different county 4-H groups within our district, which were always well attended. Thank you again, Mike, for all of your knowledge. A good time was had by all.
This clinic was open to youth and adults. WHC promotes the horse industry as something the whole family can enjoy. Having this clinic surely did just that. We had a mother and daughter attend the clinic, as well as a family of four, including the dad that participated. With this clinic being held on the opening weekend of fishing season, and this dad was at a “horse clinic”, said a lot. Youth grow up so fast, but these families will have this clinic and its memories forever. Four Marathon County youth were able to use this clinic as a 4-H requirement approved by the UW-Extension agent. We had two ladies who audited the clinic. They asked if they could also be with the ring crew so that they would hear all of the dialogue between the clinician and the participants in order to learn more themselves.
Safety was a first requirement of the day too. Mike McGowan checked all tack on the horses before starting the riding. He spoke with each rider to hear what their level of riding was, along with what they hoped to learn with their horse. Mike always travels with his bag of tack. With it, he can loan out a piece of tack for the day so that the rider doesn’t have to go out and buy tack that doesn’t work for their horse. This was much appreciated by the riders.
Our clinic only had 12 participants with 4 people that had last minute things come up. So these 12 riders, auditors and clinic committee members would like to thank Mike McGowan for a fun and educational day. The board members of WHC District 2 would like to thank Richelle and Norb for being a great host site. Also to the WHC for supporting the efforts of the District 2 Clinic Committee for this clinic and clinics held in previous years. Many times we hear, “what can the WHC do for me or why become a member?” Well, without the support of the WHC, our District 2 would not be able to try different kinds of clinics for riders of different disciplines. We wouldn’t have a clinic without the insurance that the WHC helps provide. Most of all, it was a great day to be with horses and to meet new people who love horses. Can’t go wrong with that!
Watch for what our District 2 Clinic Committee, comprised of; Holly McMullen, Donna Lee Ryan, Richelle Beene and Marilyn Krueger come up with for next year. Our group at District 2 is looking at having another “Food, Fun & Education Day” with live horses at a facility. We will also have guest speakers within the horse industry.