Twelve-year-old Kayla Artman was recently honored with an 4-H Achievement Award through the Tennessee Walking Horse Breed registry. The award was presented in the center ring at the World Championship Show in Shelbyville, Tenn. on Aug. 30.
Only one youth from each state is selected by the breed registry and once the person has won it, they cannot win it a second time. It truly is a once-in-a-lifetime achievement.
The basis for this award is the 4-H record book. The selection is based
on the activities the 4-H member participates in with her horse,
leadership experiences as well as service activities. "Record books are
a lot of work but it sure was worth the effort to go to Tennessee,"
The World Champion Tennessee Walker takes a
victory lap around the arena with just two spotlights shining on the
champion. All other lights are turned off. The show has been held at
the same location for 69 years. "I got to stand where the World Grand
Champion’s picture 69 years is taken. It was truly an emotional
moment," noted Kayla.
Making the moment even better was that
Kayla’s parents got to attend with her. Kayla’s airline ticket was paid
for by the Northwest Pleasure Tennessee Walking Horse Association, of
which the family is a member.
Her parents noted how
appreciative they were of the club’s support. Kayla says she would love
to be able to ride the spotlight ride someday. And perhaps that will be
a reality; she is on her way.
Before some 18,000 (2,000
more than live in Central Point), Kayla was awarded a jacket, a set of
Oster clippers and a seven-piece grooming brush set.
Kayla is the daughter of Al and Kristy Artman and the granddaughter of Frank and Ramona Kiser.