Chilton County 4-H starts Horse Club

Published 10:39 am Tuesday, June 8, 2021

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The new Chilton County 4-H Horse Club had success at the 4-H State Competition on June 2 and 3.

This is the first year that Chilton County 4-H has had a horse team, and they are excited and proud of how well they did, according to Janet Lovelady, 4-H Foundation Regional Extension Agent.

The two members who competed in the educational classes are Julia Smith, senior division, and Carrie Brigham, junior division. Smith was the fourth highest individual for senior hippology, and Carrie Brigham was first in junior horse judging and public speaking, second in hippology and third in record book. She was also tied for high point buckle but lost the tiebreaker, taking second.

Joy Brigham, the 4-H certified volunteer for the club, is overjoyed at the success they had and hopes to grow the club.

“We are going to have meetings starting in July,” Joy Brigham said. “Anyone interested in horses is welcome to participate, and you do not have to own horses in order to join. Most people who participate don’t own horses and they are still very successful.”

Joy Brigham has been a 4-H volunteer since 2012, and her daughter Carrier Brigham has been in 4-H since 2017. When they moved to Chilton County and saw that there was not a horse club, they contacted Lovelady about starting one here. They have only had a few meetings, but have already gained a new member and a donor, according to Joy Brigham.

“Thank you to the Chilton County Farmers Federation,” Joy Brigham said. “They gave us the money to purchase the materials for the club.”

While the club may be new, they are already having success and plan to do even better next year with more people, according to the Brighams.  For those wanting more information about the Chilton County 4-H Horse Club, contact Janet Lovelady at or 256-284-3572.