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.
The South Haven “Brown Bunch” recently returned home from the Pinto World Championship Show in Tulsa, Okla., where Jason and Melissa’s daughters Madison and Morgan, captured the hearts of the observers while capturing ribbons and awards for their outstanding pinto horse-showing abilities. Drawing exhibitors from across the United States and Canada, the June 9-22 Championship Show was the largest Pinto Horse Show of the year, attracting a record 9,000-plus entrants, all vying for World and Reserve World Champion honors and prizes.
The Pinto Horse Association began in 1956 and it is a color breed, meaning that the horse or pony must have at least four inches of consecutive white on its body in qualifying areas, and can be comprised of ponies, miniatures and horses. Many of these animals are also registered in their respective breed associations, such as the American Paint Horse Association. The Pinto horse was a favorite among American cowboys and Native Americans. Some familiar Pintos include Tonto’s Scout, Little Joe’s Cochise and Frank Hopkins’ Hidalgo.
Madison and Morgan Brown, along with their parents Melissa and Jason, made quite a splash at the 2013 Pinto World Championship Show in Tulsa recently.
The South Haven family has been involved showing pinto horses nearly all their lives. Submitted photo.
Think back to when you were a high school student; what things were the most memorable for you? What lessons made an impact and helped shape who you are today? My most memorable learning experiences were in an agricultural class. Those classes I took in high school helped shape who I am today and what I learned from those classes will stay with me my whole life.
The Land Stewardship Project (LSP) is now accepting applications for its 2013-2014 Farm Beginnings course. Farm Beginnings class sessions will begin this fall and LSP is providing participants two options for getting involved in one of the most successful beginning farmer training initiatives in the country. Classes will be offered in the Minnesota communities of Winona and Saint Cloud this fall and winter.
The application deadline for the 2013-2014 Farm Beginnings course is Thursday, Aug. 1. For application materials or for more information, see
www.farmbeginnings.org or contact Karen Benson at (507) 523-3366; email@example.com.
The USDA Crop and Weather Report for June 10, 2013 is striking in contrast to last year’s report: www.nass.usda.gov/Statistics_by_State/Minnesota/Publications/Crop_Progress_&_Condition/. Last year by that time 100 percent of most crops had been planted and had emerged, and 84 percent of oats were in the joint stage. This year the percentages are far lower on all counts; and the percentage of crops in good to excellent condition is below 75 percent for all crops. It’s no news to Minnesota farmers that the late spring has pushed many planting dates out past the allowed dates for program crops. Farmers may be facing financial difficulties and higher than usual levels of personal stress as a result. Being stressed-out is something to take seriously. There are two helpline numbers that are available to farmers, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, all year long: