Abigail Bruner, Indiana County 4-H member, has been named the winner of the 2019 4-H Horse Program McAllister Outstanding Equine Member Award. She is a member of the Trailblazers 4-H Horse Club and the daughter of Clark and Connie Bruner, of Blairsville.
The award honors horse members who have excelled in communication, leadership and activities beyond the club level. At the ceremony during the State 4-H Horse Show, she received a tack closet donated by C & M Pine Products of Spring Mills and a leather halter and lead donated by Tory Leather Company.
Bruner has been a 4-H member for 13 years in the Gordon, Lucky Kids and Outdoor Adventure 4-H Clubs.
She has participated in horse, market and breeding goat, plant science, textile science, shooting sports, wildlife and forestry projects. Other activities include teen leadership, club officer, camp counselor and community service activities. She has also been named the Indiana County Outstanding Junior and Senior 4-H Member, in addition to many other awards.
Bruner has also participated in county and state horse bowl and hippology contests as well as district and state horse shows. She has brought her unique communication skills to her county program as part of her diamond level clover project which has taught her fellow 4-H’ers American Sign Language.
In a quote from her application, she stated “The 4-H horse program has helped me become a better rider and a better public speaker. I am more knowledgeable now about all things horse related.
Taking care of our family’s horses has helped me become a hard worker, and I’ve learned to complete tasks I start, like cleaning out stalls and finishing project books. I am a kinder and more compassionate teenager because of my experiences and so glad my parents helped me to join 4-H.”