Name:  Becca Hensley
Parent:  Michelle Hensley
4-H Group:  Sac River Stablemates
4-H Leader:  Gail Driskell
4-H Involvement:  Becca Hensley, a 16-year-old Parkview High School student from Springfield, Mo., is an active, enthusiastic member of her 4-H group. She does horse, dog, scrapbooking and photography projects and she is also on the Horse Bowl and Hippology Teams. Becca recently participated and placed in equine events at the 2012 4-H Fair, held at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds. Becca said that one of the best lessons she has learned from being in 4-H is “Don’t keep yourself limited. If you think you might like it, try it.”

About Her Horse:  Becca’s horse is a 13-year-old sorrel flaxen Missouri Fox Trotter gelding named Scooter. The horse and rider duo enjoy trail riding, arena work and timed events, such as pole bending and barrel racing. “He likes to go fast and he’s really hyper,” Becca laughed.

Future plans:  Becca plans on going to college at the University of Missouri and studying equine science. She would like to work at KESMARC: Kentucky Equine Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation Center. KESMARC has held a longtime fascination for Becca and she was thrilled to visit the center on a trip to Kentucky this summer.

Unique fact:  Becca is a CHA (Certified Horsemanship Association) licensed Riding Instructor Assistant. She loves being able to teach children riding skills. One of her favorite moments when helping young riders is, “whenever I’m working with kids and I have the realization that I’ve been there before when I was younger.” She plans to become a full-fledged CHA licensed Riding Instructor when she turns 18.

Story and Photo by Klaire Bruce

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