You don't necessarily have to have a horse to reap the benefits the animals shower upon many young folks they touch.
The Wrangler Horse riding group is inviting anyone interested in horses to sign up for the upcoming show season. If you do have a horse, you must sign your horse up for Wrangler Horse group events by March 1. The next group meeting will be held at 6 p.m. March 7 at the Bedford County Agriculture and Education Center on Midland Road.
"Horse forms are due to the Extension Office no later than March 1, 2011," said Emily Osterhaus, extension agent. "This is a state deadline and I cannot accept them late ... Register all horses that you could possibly ride in the county, region or state show. The horse you are expecting to ride could get hurt or have other issues so have a backup plan!
"It does not cost anything to register a horse and it's better to have too many than not enough."
The riding group is led by Crystal and Lamar Mitchell and meets the first Monday of each month at the Extension Office, 105 Midland Road, next door to the Ag Center. Some activities the group participates in include clinics, judging competitions and horse shows.
Don't have a horse? You can still be a part of the program, said Gay Ervin, University of Tennessee Extension program assistant. Just some of the rewards teens may receive from participating in a program like this include scholarships, travel opportunities, self-confidence, speaking ability, ribbons and forever friends.
For more information about the group, call 684-5971.