Local resident represents 4-H at Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth
By: Lucas Punkari
| Posted: Thursday, Jul 17, 2014 10:23 am
By the luck of the draw, 15-year-old Balzac resident Codi Hewlett not only got to be a part of the Calgary Stampede’s 4-H exhibit, but also got to showcase her horse Cash during the week.
“Through the local 4-H in Balzac, I had a chance to be put into a draw to be the local representative at the Stampede this year, and I ended up being lucky enough to be chosen,” Hewlett said.
“It’s a new experience for me and I’ve enjoyed it so far, but this is old hat for my horse Cash as he’s been here plenty of times,” she added.
“He’s been in the Calgary Stampede Parade on seven occasions, and he’s also been the showcase paint horse for about three years now.”
Cash, a 15-year-old American Paint Horse, has lived with Hewlett since 2008, which was when she started to ride him by herself and take part in horse shows as part of the Midnight Express 4-H Horse Club.
“We do rodeos every now and then, but we’re more focused on Western Riding and English Pleasure events at horse shows,” Hewlett said.
“It’s a great club to be a part of, as our trainers really help us learn how to ride horses and be a better person in general.”
She said the experience at the Calgary Stampede has helped her grow as a person.
“I’m usually not the most confident person when it comes to chatting with large groups of people, but when you do that for a couple of days at an event like this, you become a lot more confident in talking with complete strangers,” she said.
With the Midnight Express club this year, Hewlett was able to combine her two 4-H projects for 2013-14, as she focused on horsemanship and photography.
“When it comes to horse riding, I’ve been working on my level two loping (in which a horse moves around with a long, easy stride), so I’ve become more comfortable with my riding and how I sit on Cash,” Hewlett said.
“Photography is something I’ve been interested in for awhile, and I’ve had a chance to learn about it with 4-H,” she added.
“I’ve done different techniques, but I’ve really enjoyed taking landscape, portrait, and black and white shots.”
Hewlett presented her 4-H projects with Cash at her side during this year’s Calgary Stampede from July 9 to 11, with the experience being one that she enjoyed from start to finish.
“4-H has been awesome to us here at the Stampede to allow us an opportunity to showcase our projects and what we do,” Hewlett said. “A lot of people come by to ask me about my 4-H project and what it’s all about.”