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South Dakota 4-H Rodeo Finals in the record books

Starla Lyon

Photo courtesy www.CowboyImages.netCole Elshere of Faith, SD won the average saddle bronc title en route to the senior boys all-around title at the 2008 South Dakota 4-H Rodeo Finals. He is pictured here during his saddle bronc ride on Saturday, Aug. 24.

“I pledge my head to clearer thinking, my heart to greater loyalty, my hands to larger service and my health to better living…” The four H’s that make up the nationwide organization of 4-H have changed the lives of people for several generations.

So many of us were fortunate enough to grow up in the organization looking forward to summer time county fairs and 4-H rodeos. Many have taken the opportunities to travel and become ambassadors through the years as well. As with generations before, many have returned to support their own children in the organization.

Ft. Pierre, SD hosted the state 4-H finals rodeo over the weekend of Aug. 22nd. Young competitors and their families converged on the area to compete and enjoy activities and each other’s company.

South Dakota 4-H Rodeo President Casey Cowan said it was a wonderful weekend.

“We had 527 contestants this year,” Cowan said. “The weather was real good and we only had one injury. One bull rider got hurt on Friday night but was back on Sunday so we all felt very fortunate about that.”

One of the most important aspects of 4-H as an organization is community service and volunteering. Clubs from throughout the state spend countless combined hours each year helping others and completing projects to improve the area in which they live. The values instilled during those young years often carry on through adulthood.

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“There were 32 different regional rodeos throughout the state,” Cowan said. “It takes a truck load of volunteers to put those together and we appreciate everyone for their dedication to the sport and 4-H as an organization. There are a lot of folks out there who may not be part of the committee but who end up pulling gates or helping around the arena in one capacity or another. They all deserve recognition for their time and efforts.”

“I pledge my head to clearer thinking, my heart to greater loyalty, my hands to larger service and my health to better living…” The four H’s that make up the nationwide organization of 4-H have changed the lives of people for several generations.

So many of us were fortunate enough to grow up in the organization looking forward to summer time county fairs and 4-H rodeos. Many have taken the opportunities to travel and become ambassadors through the years as well. As with generations before, many have returned to support their own children in the organization.

Ft. Pierre, SD hosted the state 4-H finals rodeo over the weekend of Aug. 22nd. Young competitors and their families converged on the area to compete and enjoy activities and each other’s company.

South Dakota 4-H Rodeo President Casey Cowan said it was a wonderful weekend.

“We had 527 contestants this year,” Cowan said. “The weather was real good and we only had one injury. One bull rider got hurt on Friday night but was back on Sunday so we all felt very fortunate about that.”

One of the most important aspects of 4-H as an organization is community service and volunteering. Clubs from throughout the state spend countless combined hours each year helping others and completing projects to improve the area in which they live. The values instilled during those young years often carry on through adulthood.

“There were 32 different regional rodeos throughout the state,” Cowan said. “It takes a truck load of volunteers to put those together and we appreciate everyone for their dedication to the sport and 4-H as an organization. There are a lot of folks out there who may not be part of the committee but who end up pulling gates or helping around the arena in one capacity or another. They all deserve recognition for their time and efforts.”

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