Spring Valley Ranch Junior Horsemen's Club
In 2010, the youth riders at Spring Valley Ranch formed the Spring Valley Ranch Junior Horsemen's Club, a youth equestrian club that allows them to participate in education and competitive equine events.
The youth held a fund-raiser early in 2011 to raise money to attend the Midwest Horse Fair. At the Horse Fair, the youth competed in the youth judging contest, saw a professional rodeo (the first live rodeo for many), saw the Grand Prix jumping event and took in all the other great clinics, horses and shopping available.
Last May, the Passuello's hosted a 'Kentucky Derby Party' on Derby Saturday for the youth and their adult advisors and parents. The girls and ladies were required to wear their derby hats. Miah Marchello's hat was judged 'Best Derby Hat' and won a prize.
In June of 2011, the Junior Horsemen's Club produced an all breed horse show that was sanctioned by AQHA and UPQHA. The show was produced as a charity show and the youth donated all profits from this show to the Gogebic Community College Scholarship Foundation and the U.P. Equifest Horse Fair. The show's major sponsor was United Ag Services of Ashland, WI and many other sponsors also contributed to make this charity show a huge success.
Left: Tara Stuhr wears a western style 'Derby hat'.
Right: Miah Marchello and Ashley Alonen show off their traditional 'Derby hats'.
Junior Horsemen's Club members Dayne Stuhr and MaKenzie Long present a check to Gogebic Community College President Jim Lorenson, for the GCC Scholarship Foundation.
The kids had a get-together shortly after Halloween. Several dressed up with their horses. They also played games with the horses and discovered that horses do NOT 'Bob for Apples' very well. They also did an in-hand pole bending class-with a twist. The horses had to go through the poles at a walk or trot the first half of the pattern-but they had to BACK through the second half of the pattern. The youth ended the evening with pizza and snacks while watching the movie 'Secretariat'.
In 2012 the youth group held a fund-raiser to again be able to afford to go to the Midwest Horse Fair. They are also planned a horse show for June 23rd. The show was held in Iron River, WI, as part of a two day show week-end with a show produced by the new Lake Superior Quarter Horse Association. To make the show a financial success again, the youth will be got sponsorships from some local businesses and supporters to pay help show expenses.
It was a very successful Introductory Quarter Horse show, both financially and as a learning experience for club members, parents and adult volunteers. The SVR crew did much of the work in running both days of the two day show.
2013 started out planning for a two day show to be completely run by the Spring Valley Ranch Junior Horsemen's Club, again as a benefit show to help Gogebic Community College with equine studies and programs. In April, several members and parents, along with club advisor, Doreen Passuello, attended teh Midwest Horse Fair. Unfortunately, that week-end brought snow and cold just like every other week-end from February through the middle of May. This unseasonably cold and wet spring weather also put a damper on the club's two day show week-end. both with rain during the show and some cancellations befoe the show due to riders who could not get their horses ready to show in early June due to the late snow storms. Still, the two day AQHA Introductory Shows, which were held in Saxon, WI at the Iron County Fairgrounds, were successful and participants enjoyed two very well run shows with national level judges officiating. Youth, parents, and adult advisors were completely in charge of setting up and running the shows, which was a big job and a great learnign experience. SVR Club members and advisors would like to say a big 'thank you' to show office volunteers Dee Dee Lorenson and Lori and Brittany Bennetts who volunteered their time so willingly on the show days, as well as Claire Jewess who was the show's major sponsor, in honor of her late father Arvid Anderson.
The Spring Valley Ranch Junior Horsemen's Club is a dedicated, hard-working group of youth focusing on HORSES. They are learning life skills while riding and learning about horses.