Click on photo for larger image: Left to Right:
Cock-a-doodle-doo! “Fitzy” was not shy at all about
showing off his major talent—crowing—while having his picture taken.
Victoria Schroeder, 13, and her sister have a few other birds entered in
breed classes at the Porter County 4-H Fair, about a dozen in all, but
Fitzgerald, the Buff Orpington, seems destined to win in the Crowing
Contest, set for 10 a.m. Friday morning, if his noise level Tuesday was any
indicator. Schroeder, a Liberty Hotshots member, will be a seventh grader at
Chesterton Middle School this fall.
Stars in her eyes: Stardust, a two year-old mare, got
her first taste of the Porter County 4-H Fair this week. Her owner Chris
Hughes, 15, brought the young mare to the fair to enter her in Halter
classes, a judgment of a horse’s conformation, or build and beauty. Lobo
Stardust Dancer, her full name, is too young yet to be ridden, but Hughes, a
Chesterton High School freshman, hopes to have her trained sufficiently by
next year’s fair to enter into the riding competitions. Hughes is a member
of the Liberty Hotshots 4-H group.
Two for the show: All dressed up and ready for the show
at the Porter County 4-H Fair Tuesday were Liberty Hotshots Jessica Gamblin,
14, and Heather Walda, 15. The two were on their way to compete in the
English Equitation class at the fair. Gamblin, a Chesterton High School
freshman, is astride Bud, a 21 year-old Quarterhorse gelding. Walda rides
Big Mac, a 14 year-old Quarterhorse gelding.
Project pals: Madelin Zahrn, 14, and her friend Dani
Paliga, 15, have their horses in adjacent stalls at the Porter County 4-H
Fair this year. The two are shown here with their horses just prior to the
English Equitation class Tuesday. Buster (left) is an eight year-old
Quarterhorse gelding, while Schnapps is a 21 year-old Arabian mare. Both
girls will be Chesterton High School freshmen this fall.
(Tribune photos by Margaret L. Willis)