Young riders find companions for the trail

EVART — King Richard III: “A horse! a horse! My kingdom for a horse!”

Lord Catesby: “Withdraw, my lord; I’ll help you to a horse.”

It’s tough not having a horse.

King Richard knew it. Shakespeare recognized it.

The Osceola 4-H team are doing something about it, (although it’s a little too late to help Richard III).

The Horseless Horse Program is once again kicking off a season of riding geared toward young people around the county who really want to ride, but don’t have a horse or access to the same.

Jillian Clos will once more be at the program’s helm and she is looking for young riders interested in having a great time on horseback out at SpringHill Camps.

The program begins April 7 and runs through May 12. Sessions are held on Friday evenings with one session taking place from 4-6 p.m., and the second session running from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

“We have room for anyone between the ages of 8-19 years,” reported Clos.

“Those taking part don’t need to have any riding experience at all. This program is actually meant to give people who haven’t ridden a chance to take part and enjoy the experience.”

Clos is herself a “graduate” of the Horseless Horse program.

“After getting to know how much fun riding could be, I was certified a few years back as a riding instructor,” she explained.

“I’ve been running this program ever since.”

Participants in the program will learn arena riding skills as well as spend time on the trails around SpringHill.

There will be different levels of instruction for differing levels of students.

“Last year we had a total of 16 students in spring and fall sessions,” said Clos.

“We’re looking forward to having a maximum of 16 again this year, but we need participants to start getting registered soon.”

For more information on the Horseless Horse Program, and to register for the spring session, contact the 4-H office at 231 832-6143.