Volunteer Profile: Kathryn Busch and Caitlin Wollack
Strafford County hadn't had an active horse club in several years, until Kathryn Busch and Caitlin Wollack of Boulder Brook Stables in Lee, NH decided to start one. Kathryn (photo left) had been a member of a previous 4-H Club that also called Boulder Brook home and decided to team up with co-worker and friend Caitlin (photo right) when they were looking to engage young girls around the barn in a positive, productive way. They are now the leaders of one of Strafford County's newest clubs, The Flowing Manes.
Both women are life-long equestrians, with Caitlin starting riding in New Jersey where she grew up and Kathryn getting her beginnings right at Boulder Brook. They each own horses, who they say are just as close friends as they are! Kathryn's horse, Sky (pictured) is a Paint gelding and Caitlin has an Appendix cross named Victor. They both enjoy trail riding and spending fun, casual time with their horses.
Caitlin graduated from the University of New Hamsphire in 2012 with a degree in Equine Science and Kathryn is currently studying business management with Granite State College. When they aren't working at Boulder Brook, they both enjoy swimming and spending some time relaxing.
The Flowing Manes have already had an exciting start to their 4-H career, holding educational club meetings and a successful fundraiser within their first few months! When asked what they were most excited for their new club to begin working on, Caitlin and Kathryn both agreed that they hoped their club members would learn a lot about the health and care of horses and also have opportunities to become actively engaged in their local community. With a donation drive in the works for sister horse clubs in Oklahoma which were affected by the recent tornadoes, it's clear they are well on their way!
4-H horse clubs are some of the most popular in New England. Their purpose is to introduce youth to horses and horse-related activities as well as to give them a strong foundation in equine knowledge. No youth in a horse project is required to own a horse or have horse experience. Many horse clubs are run out of independent equine facilities, but no club require that a youth member be a client of that facility. While there are opportunities for riding and showing, most horse clubs focus on events and activities that do not include riding.
Jillian Hall, Strafford County 4-H Program Coordinator
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