4H Arena Work in Council

HBCH 4-H Arena Work Project


Tuesday, June 7th was a work day for Heartland Back Country Horsemen.  Several members, president Bob Wagner, Linda Hemminger, Alice Millington, Lee King, and Larry Bauer met at the Adams Country Fairgrounds just outside of Council. The task at1 BeforeBefore 2 AfterAfter

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Some years ago HBCH originally built the 4-H arena so the 4-H kids could ride while learning horsemanship and do their stuff in a safe arena with good footing.  Now was the time to do a little repair.  One of the main supporting gate posts was rotting and the gate, although still in good shape was a little narrow for a tractor to enter the arena easily.  HBCH decided to put in double gates, that would widen the opening to take a truck or tractor through and also be easy to open from the back of a horse.

First task was to dig out one rotting RR tie.  Lee King did most of the work on this. Shovel a-blazen’ the job was done and Lee and Bob hefted the RR tie up and out.  Lee brought a new RR tie to support the new gate.  Prior to this day of work Mike Paradis, part of the Council Rodeo Board, bored a post hole to support the RR tie.  Mark Peterson, co-owner of C&M Lumber donated part of the expense of a new 10’ gate to match the existing gate.   HBCH appreciates Mark’s generosity.

Next the new hole was cleaned out, making it the right depth and size for the new RR tie, measure and match the two gates, then drill holes for the gate hinges and set the gates upon the hinges.  Linda Hemminger brought her post puller to remove a broken post that was in the way of the project. There was a good measure of sweat equity involved, but the job started early enough in the morning so the extreme heat of the day was kept at bay.

Helen Glidden, although she couldn’t help out with the work, provided drinks and snacks and took photos. Bob, Linda, Alice, Lee and Larry did a great job in good time.  Now the arena is ready for the 4-H kids to have some fun. The new gates look good!

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