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Month: April 2017

4-H Friday: Kayleen Neilson

To help promote 4-H and celebrate 4-H Alberta’s centennial, County Best Blog is doing a ‘4-H Friday’ blog post on the last Friday of each month for all of 2017. Showcasing stories and life lessons from its former and current 4-H Alberta members.

4-H Friday

A 4-H Memory

I have so many great memories that came from my involvement with 4-H. Things like writing my speech for public speaking competitions, making friends at 4-H dances and regional camps, field trips with our group to interesting agricultural sites, and tons of awesome hands-on clinics we attended. Probably my favorite 4-H memories are from our “friendly competitions”. I was in Light Horse 4-H, so once a year our group, the “Manyberries Chinook Riders,” would meet to compete in gymkhana events – speed pattern racing and timed games for riders. It included events like the key hole race, barrel racing, pole bending, the flag race, ride and run, $1 race, team roping, and calf tying, as well as a showmanship class and a conformation class. For many years, I rode a nice red roan gelding named “Buddy”. He was a really well put together horse, and I was always proud of how we did in our showmanship and conformation classes. I don’t remember how we placed every year, but it was always fun. One year I placed in the top for “all-around rider” (had a high average from all of the events) and won a new feed bucket and saddle blanket as my prize. I was extremely proud of that bucket and blanket for years after. In fact, I still have the blanket (I rarely used it when I was young because I wanted it to stay nice), and now my kids will use it. It may seem like a small thing, but every time I go to pull out that old saddle blanket I think back fondly on my youth as a 4-H member.


Personal Appreciation of the 4-H Program

4-H, in my opinion, is one of the best programs available for young people. It provides activities for kids outside of their school, so if a young person doesn’t quite mesh with the sports programs available there, they can find fulfillment and wholement recreation in 4-H. It introduces them to people from different towns too. The group I grew up in covered at least three, and some of the kids I met through 4-H even became life-long friends. It teaches youth responsibility and proper handling skills for the animal of their program. It develops young people into serving, environmentally aware, and socially mature individuals. It prepares them for life as an upstanding, hard working, and active adult. I was involved in 4-H from about age 8 to 14, and it helped mold me (with the help of outstanding leaders) into the person I am today. My husband and I have three little children, and we have already planned their (hopeful) future involvement in a 4-H group of their choice. I look forward to helping my kids have similarly superb experiences and watching their skills and abilities grow.

4-H Alberta celebrates 100 years

Be sure to check out the official website for 4-H Alberta’s centennial celebrations. Also, please consider donating to the 4-H program through their site. It’s a wonderful organization that’s so deserving of our support!

4-H Alberta celebrates 100 years in 2017!


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The Jon Pardi, Cole Swindell, and DIERKS BENTLEY Concert!

The Cowboy and I don’t go on ‘outside the house’ dates very often what with the hassle of getting someone to watch our precious cowkids… whom I ALWAYS have the hardest time leaving anyways. But I’m grateful we got to go to this concert over the weekend! It was such a blast of a date night!

Deirks Bentley Concert.

You want proof of how awesome of a time we had? The proof is actually in the lack (and quality) of photos. You see, we didn’t spend all our time snapping photos. Meaning we truly soaked in this concert. We spent it belting out lyrics and swaying to the music together, it was actually a pretty romantic time.

Every performer on this tour was incredible. Obviously they would be considering all the amazing songs they have under their belt, but truly they were all just amazingly talented performers and singers.

Some of the highlights:

Jon Pardi singing ‘Dirt on My Boots’ (of course!)

Cole Swindell’s amazing set with the backwoods fence slats and really all his songs. He is one amazing songwriter and man is he an awesome performer! Love in the ‘Middle of a Memory‘ and  ‘You Should Be Here’ was perfectly chilling.

Dierks Bentley singing all his amazing hits. He has some awesome new songs out that he sang too, but I’m pretty happy he sang all his past hits. That guy has sure had an amazing career and is still going ever so strong! Some of the songs I loved most that he played were ‘Every Mile a Memory’ and ‘I hold on‘ and from his new album the song ‘Black.’ Really all of his songs he played were amazing though, I love all that guy’s albums. (selfish siderant – I wish he played ‘Long Trip Alone‘ but I get that the set can only be so long…)

He came and sang to the back audience and high-fived everyone along the way and the way back he came down by our isle! I touched his hand. No biggie… just kidding it was definitely a BIG deal!

I loved that him and Jon Pardi sang a George Strait song on stage together.

‘Flatliner‘ with Dierks and Cole was awesome too!

And the amazing finale that of course ended with a plane on stage. ‘Drunk on a Plane’ was awesome.

They put on such a great show. Each of them are such individually unique artists, but have such a fun chemistry together.

Deirks Bentley Concert.

Huge thumbs up from us. You put on a great show boys. Thanks for the awesome Friday night!


The Cowgirl
The Cowboy

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