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4-H clover Western Heritage Competition

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The Western Heritage Program consists of safety clinics, regional competitions and a state competition.

Safety clinics

Safety clinics are offered in many different areas across the state from spring to early summer. The safety clinic allows youth to practice each opportunity offered in Western Heritage and work with adult volunteers to ensure that both the youth and their horse are safe to participate in each activity.

At the safety clinic, you and your horse will work with an adult to explore how well you both can safely compete in a specific activity. Once certified, you and your horse are approved to participate in the regional event in each area you are certified.

Regional competition events

You can sign up and participate in one regional event of your choice. Register in 4-H Online after you have completed your safety clinic. Classes offered include round pen roping, breakaway roping, team roping, goat tying and pen-to-pen sorting.

To earn the opportunity to compete at the state Western Heritage competition, you must qualify for your state competition at the regional event. Those who meet the qualifications are allowed to register and advance to the state competition.

2023 regional competition events

Southwest Region - July 16, Al & Kelly Jones Arena, Pipestone, 10 a.m.​
Questions? Contact Deb Raaf at deb_raaf@live.com.

Southeast Region - July 16, Lingen Family Ranch, Mankato, 9 a.m.​
Questions? Contact Troy Walters at thetwalters@gmail.com.

Northwest Region - July 22, Hawley Rodeo Grounds, 10 a.m.​
Questions? Contact Michelle Brown at mrsmichelleabrown@gmail.com.   

Northeast Region - July 31, R.J.'s Stables, Sauk Rapids, 9 a.m.​
Questions? Contact Becky Molitor at rebeccamolitor@aol.com.


For participants



Renee Kostick, hinkx001@umn.edu, 218-232-5174

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