Urban Youth Farm Day in Alabama

SundropBy Judie Shults

Back in April I had the pleasure, along with DS OLYMPIC GOLD (aka Sundrop, owned by my daughter Tiffany Bradford) of representing Dixieland ApHC at the “2007 Urban Youth Farm Day” presented by Alabama Cooperative Extension System Urban Affairs. This Program provides a fun and educational learning experience that will familiarize inner city youth with life on the farm.

We handed out ApHC literature to 337 students along with 59 teachers & chaperones. After a brief history about the Appaloosa Horse and the role horses have in our society past & present I asked if anyone had questions. As usual, there were many questions about Appaloosas and horses in general. The students couldn’t wait to pet “Sundrop” and they wanted to brush him or feed him. Sundrop, like our other 7 Appaloosas is so patient and loves the affection they receive from the students, teachers & chaperones.

Special Note: There were 2 baby goats and their nanny in the next stall and the babies kept getting out and walking under Sundrop… it didn’t bother him at all… of course at home the cats & dogs are always walking under the horses.

My daughter & I have always supported the Cooperative Extension programs through the years. At 4-H events we were always elected to bring one of our Appaloosas as a demo horse for clinics.

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