Since 1966, one member of the Minnesota 4-H horse project has been awarded the Dan Patch Award. This award is based on the individuals overall achievement, leadership, and service. The winner receives a plaque bearing a picture of the famous pacer, Dan Patch, who set the world pacing record for the mile of 1:55 on Sept. 8, 1906, at the Minnesota State Fair. To apply for this award, youth complete a resume, portfolio, and all chosen finalists give a presentation. Recipients and finalists will be recognized at the Minnesota State 4-H Horse Show, which will be held Sept. 13-16. The Dan Patch award focuses on youth in 10th grade through one year past 12th grade at the start of the contest year. Grades 6 through 9 compete for Youth Leadership Trips.
This year’s Dan Patch Award Winner is Jade Kutzke of Lake Lillian. Jade is the daughter of Mike and Linda Kutzke. Tori Barka of Watkins has also been named a Dan Patch State Horse Show Trip Winner. She is the daughter of Randy and Judy Barka. Kayla Kutzke of Lake Lillian has been awarded a Youth Leadership State Horse Show Trip Winner. She is the daughter of Mike and Linda Kutzke.
As a result of their accomplishments, all three of these girls have been awarded trips to participate in the State 4-H Horse Show.
According to the Minnesota State 4-H Horse Project “The recipient of the Dan Patch Award is an individual who has exhibited a strong commitment to Learning, Leadership and Service throughout their 4-H career. The recipient will have exhibited a broad base of Learning, Leadership and Service experiences within the 4-H horse project, other 4-H project areas and within their community. The recipient will also show a commitment to continuous improvement in their individual life skills and to the 4-H program, especially in the Horse Project.” The Dan Patch Award winners accept their awards at the Minnesota State 4-H Horse Show. As a part of this, Jade Kutzke will lead the Grand Entry Parade and carry the American Flag. She is also encouraged to represent the Minnesota 4-H Horse Project at the event chosen by the Minnesota 4-H Horse Association as Minnesota’s leading delegate of
National Leadership trip recipients.
If you would like more information about the 4-H Dan Patch Award or joining a 4-H club in your area, contact Darcy Cole, 4-H Program Coordinator, at the University of Minnesota Extension in Meeker County at (320) 693-5275 or (877) 993-5275.
Winners in the Meeker County 4-H Youth Dan Patch Award competition are, from left to right,
Jade Kutzke, Tori Barka, and Kayla Kutzke. Submitted photo.