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Empowering youth and building a lifelong love of horses! Stay up to date on the latest stories, news, and events about the State Line Tack and 4-H partnership!

February

Kendall, Oregon

"Through 4-H, I have been able to make so many new friends, learn new skills, and create bonds. My horse Elliot has definitely been one of my best friends throughout 4-H and OHSET (Oregon High School Equestrian Team). I don't know if I would have been as successful as I am with any other horse."

January

4-H Grows Determination. Kayla, Virginia

Community service is an integral part of 4-H clubs. 4-Hers around the country not only become experts at their chosen projects, but also take the time to give back locally.

Kayla is a State 4-H Horse Judge and makes time with her club to help their community. "Our most memorable service projects have been preparing and serving meals for a local homeless shelter and making up 'blessing' bottles to give out at an outreach for homeless people that live in the woods in our county. I found it both surprising and humbling to interact with the people during these events. I enjoyed talking with them and it made me very grateful for what I have and that I was able to give back at some level. It was refreshing to see how this community of people came together and helped each other out. I think they enjoyed the interaction as much if not more that the items we provided."

December

4-H Grows Determination. Morgan & Teddy, Tennessee

In March of 2018, Morgan's prized Tennessee Walking Horse, Delight's Ted Kennedy aka Teddy, suddenly became lame. After several veterinarian visits it was discovered that Teddy had a very large abscess in his foot. The vets had never seen one as large or so well hidden. After three months of dedicated daily care from Morgan, following the doctor's orders exactly, and stall rest, Teddy still had what seemed to be a permanent change to his gait.

Determined to see Teddy heal and them both succeed. Morgan got to work using her 4-H background to create a training schedule for him. She spent hours every day working on getting him stronger. "As a parent I couldn't be prouder of the hard work, determination and faith this young lady put into her big red gelding", her mom, Doreen, says.

By March 2019 Morgan's hard work was paying off. Teddy improved tremendously, shocking all the naysayers. Morgan decided Teddy would be her 2019 4-H project. In June, Morgan and Teddy were named Southern Regional Pleasure Racking champions! From there she went on to the Tennessee State 4-H Championship Show where they earned a Reserve State Championship in Racking Seat Equitation.

November

Will, Ohio

Doing Takes Grit. "I ride horses to feel the wind in my face, to breathe, to fly, to feel, to overcome, to belong, to feel strong, to be the hardest worker in the room, to be alive, to love and to be loved back. There are days I don't want to go to the barn after school, but I go anyway. I've learned the meaning of grit. Just one year ago, I was anxious to ride, anxious to show, wanted to give up before the fair even started. After seeing the faces of victory last year, I decided to work harder, but not just for me, I owed it to my horse. He showed up every day, he loved me on my highest days, and loved me more on my lowest days."

"We chose 4-H. We wanted to belong to a group where friends become family, where you learn and grow every day, and where the best just strive to become better."

October

4-H Grows with Resilience

Maryann has been around horses her whole life. But after a major accident that left her hospitalized for a week, her medical team was hesitant to let her get back in the saddle.

After only two and a half months of hard work, Maryann was able to get permission to ride again. "I still had to overcome pain every day, and still to this day, but I had the best support system in the world and for them I am forever grateful," she says.

If learning to walk (and ride) again wasn't enough work for one year, through her determination and resilience, Maryann made it to the Southern Regionals the very next August, earning a prize in the competition.

"When someone tells you that 4-H is awesome and amazing and that you should join, go to a meeting and you will not be let down," she says. "You will meet your forever home, your forever family. 4-H is truly outstanding and will be one of the best decisions you ever made!"

September

4-H Alumni Feature: Jumping to New Heights through 4-H

A little over 20 years ago, Lisa Borg started Ozark Miniature Tack and Equine Supplies. A lover of horses and all things equine, Lisa designed and offered quality equine supplies for minis and ponies. About two years ago, Ozark Mini Tack was purchased by State Line Tack, who not only saw a good business opportunity but great leadership and knowledge in Lisa.

Today, Lisa is a member of the State Line Tack marketing team where she uses her equine industry knowledge to help State Line Tack connect with organizations who also want to support the equine community through experiences and education. National 4-H Council is the newest organization to partner with State Line Tack, inspiring kids to jump to new heights through the partnership.

While there's a clear connection between 4-H and State Line Tack, Lisa connects with 4-H on a more personal level.

She is a 4-H Alumna.

Lisa's parents immigrated to the United States from Denmark in the md 1950s. In 1969, at the age of 8, Lisa was introduced to 4-H. As her 4-H experience began in Bellevue, Washington, she discovered what she truly loved - horses.

"[My mom] realized that 4-H was a very American thing," Lisa explained. "And 4-H to her was the equivalent of what your child can do from start to finish."

Like her mother, who grew up on a dairy farm, Lisa also understood the importance of valuing all animals, thanks in part to 4-H. Because of the values learned in 4-H, her mother spent what Lisa describes as "thousands and thousands of hours" driving her back and forth to 4-H club meetings, events, and shows.

"She knew that 4-H would help me in life," Lisa says. "Back then, there wasn't anything out there. And so for [my mom], it was really incredible that [4-H] was a place that she can bring me. I was able to learn not only how to become a better student but be able to help me in my life. I could be the best person I could be because of 4-H. There was no discrimination. We were all the same when we walked into that 4-H meeting."

Lisa also remembers the connections she made through her 4-H experience.

"We learned to rely on each other," she recalls. "Even though we competed against each other, we rooted for each other, and we were always friends at the end."

When remembering the friends she made, the skills she learned, and the opportunities she was fortunate enough to have, she stresses that those experiences would not have been possible without family.

"Without our parents, our family members, or whoever it is that's taking us everywhere, it wouldn't happen. I think we really need to acknowledge the fact that they helped us," she says.

Because of the help she received, plus her 4-H experience, Lisa went on to study International Business at Washington State University, traveled the world, and today, helps State Line Tack become a leader in equine supplies and education for all ages in all communities.

Through the 4-H and State Line Tack partnership, Lisa hopes to create a local impact and help raise more awareness of 4-H programs in communities where 4-H may not be prevalent. Additionally, she wants more kids to experience what 4-H has to offer, whether through equine programs, other livestock learning, and more.

"4-H is great about providing educational opportunities for the kids. And it's on an equal level. I think that's one of the most important things. They understand what it means to win, to lose, to try again and again. There are so many different things that 4-H does for kids and the future."

Lisa credits 4-H with teaching her so many of the valuable professional skills she still uses today including organization, presentations and time management. On a personal level, Lisa raises and shows Shetland ponies, and her first home bred world champion is now being well cared for and loved by a young 4-H'er in Indiana.

About the Partnership

State Line Tack is a proud supporter of 4-H'ers across America. National partners like State Line Tack help fund local equine programs and support National 4-H Council's mission to grow 4-H from 6 million to 10 million kids across the country. Learn more about our partnership.

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  • Updated: 2/3/2020: 9:05:15 AM ET