ST. GEORGE — Youth from across the state participating in Utah State University Extension’s 4-H program recently traveled to Denver to compete in the 4-H Western National Roundup Conference.
These youth, who had already succeeded at county and state competitions, were able to test their skills against 4-H members from around the country.
“It was amazing to see the intensity, drive and growth of our competitive Utah 4-H delegation,” said Joshua Dallin, USU Extension 4-H volunteer management specialist. “We are very proud of all of our Utah 4-H youth. They represented Utah well.”
Dalley Spendlove from Washington County competed in the Horse Demonstration event, placing fourth in the nation. This event allowed Spendlove to showcase her speaking abilities as she gave a 10-15 minute presentation related to the horse industry.
Kevin Kesler, director of 4-H and youth programs for the state of Utah, said competitions like this one showcase the benefits of the 4-H program.
“We are always pleased with how the 4-H’ers from our state represent us at national events and activities,” Kesler said. “The 4-H program is not only about mastering a skill related to one of the 4-H subject matter areas, but more importantly it is the life skills and experiences that help youth become contributing members of society. That’s the long term goal of 4-H.”
The 4-H program is a community of 6 million young people across America learning leadership, citizenship, and life skills. Land grant colleges and universities implement the program through local extension offices. The 4-H program is further supported by 514,000 dedicated adult volunteers around the nation who help put 4-H youth on a path towards successful careers.