The Quesnel and District 4-H has a new club that is the first exclusive equine youth development program.
An informational evening for the Hoofbeats and Heartbeats 4-H Club was held Wednesday, Nov. 16, at the Alex Fraser Park meeting room with many children and their parents in attendance.
The new horse club will be led by Tawnie Fehr, who owns and operates the First Equestrian Horse Ranch on Reierson Road with her husband Jonny.
They moved to Quesnel in 2017 from Fort St. John.
“I kind of spearheaded because I have a lot of students that love horses, and there was not a program for them moving forward,” Fehr said, noting the name of the club was selected and voted upon by students she teaches horsemanship to.
“I kind of liked Walk Trot Canter, but I got voted out,” she said with a laugh.
Horses have been a part of Fehr’s life since she was born. Her mother didn’t have a stroller and would put her on the back of a horse to go for a walk.
“I had no doubt in my mind that Quesnel needed a 4-H horse club,” she said, adding there has been a lot of interest.
Quesnel and District 4-H key leader Erin Kishkan said she is excited to have an exclusively equine club join their district.
It brings the number of clubs in the area up to five, joining the Kersley 4-H Club, Cariboo Wolf-Pack 4-H Club, Barlow Creek 4-H Club and Forty Creek 4-H Club.
“I think that there’s a lot of interest for the equine youth in Quesnel, and Tawnie is going to be an excellent asset to our district,” Kishkan said. “The more members we have in our district, the merrier. 4-H is an excellent program for youth in general—it’s building towards leaders, and it’s really great to see the ambition of these kids.”
Registration for Hoofbeats and Heartbeats 4-H Club opens Thursday, Dec. 1. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 250-261-2711.
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