Members pictured standing (L-R): Mariah Teske, Kara Kidd, Makala Teske, Abby Erikson, Maggie Martin, Heidi Finucan, Twyla Pufahl, Kailey Miller, Aly Kidd, Alli Wallace, Michaela Honnold. Kneeling: Kayla Denofrio, Matti Wafle, Alexis Denofrio, Elizabeth Sheard, Trey Honnold.

The Juneau County 4-H Horse & Pony Project offers members the opportunity to learn about their favorite animals – horses. They practice riding skills as well as equine care through a variety of horse-related workshops throughout the year, culminating with a public horse show at the Juneau County Fair. In addition, they simply enjoy getting together to have fun with other kids who like horses too. The group met on January 4, 2014 for their annual holiday party. This time they added something special to their plans. Over the past several years, members of the 4-H Horse and Pony Project have raised funds by selling raffle tickets with the main prize of a foal. Proceeds have added up. Recently, youth leaders of the group voted to use a portion of these funds to support the building of a new dairy facility at the Juneau County Fairgrounds. Why would horse project members donate to a dairy building? The answer is that 4-H members support each other. The Holig family of Cattail Dairies, along with many other volunteers, has spearheaded the effort to erect a new dairy complex at the fairgrounds in memory of local dairy farmer, husband, father, and grandfather – Robert (Bob) Holig. The current dairy building, which doubles as the primary show ring during the Juneau County Fair, was built in the very early 1960’s and is showing significant signs of age. There is a concerted effort to replace all the buildings on the fairgrounds beginning with the dairy barn, for use throughout the year, not just during the fair. The Juneau County 4-H Horse & Pony Project members saw this as an opportunity to take that effort another step toward fruition when their donation of $2500 was presented to representatives of the Holig family during the holiday party. Plans are to begin construction this spring.

Contributed by Patti Crowder