Henry County youth wins 2019 MFA 4-H Saddle Award

  • Published: Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019

SEDALIA, Mo. – Jessalyn Caple, of Calhoun, won the 2019 MFA 4-H Saddle Award at the 4-H/FFA Horse Show in Sedalia. The award was presented July 27 by Janice Spears, MFA equine sales and companion animal specialist.

In its 28th season, the MFA 4-H Saddle Award is a long-standing honor that recognizes Missouri youths 14 years of age or older who have been active in the 4-H equine program and demonstrate well-rounded knowledge in equine science and horsemanship, says Ty Peckman, University of Missouri Extension state 4-H agriculture specialist. The winner receives a beautifully crafted saddle for their personal use sponsored by MFA, he says.

“It is through great partnerships with companies such as MFA that we can continue to recognize and promote the youths of Missouri and the agriculture industry,” Peckman says.

Caple, a member of the Clinton Cougars 4-H club in Henry County, has been involved in 4-H activities and programs at the local, state and national levels. She has been a horse project member in her local club, where she learned to train her own horse while developing her leadership skills as a club and county officer. Jessalyn has competed in the State 4-H Horse Bowl, State 4-H Hippology Contest and State 4-H Horse Judging Contest. Because of her passion for horses and experience interning with an equine veterinarian, she has decided to pursue a career in equine veterinary medicine.

The Missouri 4-H equine program gives youths the opportunity to develop their knowledge of equine science and the equine industry through hands-on, experiential learning, Peckman says. To learn more about MFA 4-H Saddle Award, visit the Horse Awards page on the Missouri 4-H website at 4h.missouri.edu.

About 4-H

More than 55,000 members strong, Missouri 4-H is an active, dynamic organization of young people who are learning, growing and preparing to be the leaders of today and tomorrow – making a real difference in their community, country and world. 4-H is the youth development program of the University of Missouri and the nation’s Cooperative Extension System. For more information on Missouri 4-H, visit 4h.missouri.edu.

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MFA equine sales and companion animal specialist Janice Spears, right, presented the 2019 MFA 4-H Saddle Award to Jessalyn Caple, left, at the 4-H/FFA Horse Show on the Missouri State Fairgrounds in Sedalia.

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