The Fillmore County 4-H Horse Project started off the new 4-H year by electing new officers on Nov. 4.

The following offices were filled: Youth Chair Jackie Apenhorst, Adult Chair Deb Haugstad, Youth Vice Chair Heather Apenhorst, Adult Vice Chair Melissa Ketterhagen, Youth Secretary Gabriella Yonts, Adult Secretary Deb Leutink, Youth Treasurer Chase Ketterhagen, Adult Treasurer Shannon Goddard, Youth Reporters/Historians Teresa Doerr and David Goddard, and Adult Reporter/Historian Lisa Apenhorst.

On Jan. 19, the Fillmore County 4-H Horse Project held its annual banquet at the Extension office in Preston. Members and parents gathered for a potluck dinner during which a slide show of the year's horse events was presented by Historian/Reporter Heather Apenhorst followed by the monthly Horse PDC meeting. The annual awards program topped off the evening with members receiving horse related awards in two categories for participation in the 4-H Horse Project.

Awards for hours spent with their horse went to: Chase Ketterhagen, Courtney Nelson, Heather Apenhorst, Jackie Apenhorst, Kira Nelson, Wyatt Harris, Nati Vande Zande, Mikayla Vande Zande and Jenna Blumer.

Awards for activity participation went to: Jackie Apenhorst, Heather Apenhorst, Jenna Blumer, Austen Whitacre, Chase Ketterhagen, Wyatt Harris, Mikayla Vande Zande and Nati Vande Zande.

Cloverbud recognition went to: Anika Nelson.

Four other award categories were voted on by the horse project members after the events of the 2013 Fillmore County 4-H Horse Show at the Fillmore County Fair last July and trophies were awarded to the following members for: Most Memorable Ride -Theresa Doerr; Most Improved Rider - Paige Bennett; Herdspersons of the Year - David Goddard; Horse Person of the Year - Jenna Blumer.

Members who were recognized for participation in the Fillmore County Hippology Horse Team for the 2012-13 season were: Gabriella Yonts, Kalli Kohlmeyer and Maggie Haugstad, coached by Beth and Katie Yonts.

The Fillmore County Horse Judging Team for the 2012-13 season included: Jenna Blumer, Autumn Kappers, Haley Schwinefus and Rachel Nissen, coached by Julie Blumer and Jill Kappers. Congratulations were given to the horse judging team for overall second place at the Minnesota State Horse Show in September and overall third place at the Arabian National Horse Show in Tulsa, Okla., in October.

The next horse project meeting will be March 10 at 7 p.m. at the Fillmore County Extension conference room. All members enrolled in the 4-H horse project are welcome to attend.