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Four-H youth shows leadership in horse and pony arena

2014-01-02T00:00:00Z Four-H youth shows leadership in horse and pony arenaKimberly Cheek-Stanley Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
January 02, 2014 12:00 am  • 

Anna Gianni was proud to wrap up her 4-H career with a trip to the Eastern National 4-H Horse and Pony Round Up, held in November in Louisville, Ky.

Gianni, of Crown Point, is a fourth generation 4-H member and will finish her 10th and final year of participation in 2014.

“Eastern Nationals is one of the larger contests within the Horse and Pony aspect of 4-H. Different teams and individuals qualify within their state with speeches, demonstrations, and other horse-related teams,” Gianni said.

Gianni represented the state of Indiana for a second year, taking sixth place with her educational demonstration.

“It was truly an honor being in the top ten. The competition was extremely tight. I was six points shy of the first-place winner,” she said.

Gianni serves as an Indiana State 4-H Horse and Pony Ambassador, chosen as a top teen in the state for her Horse and Pony contest achievements.

She was also selected by the state to serve as a National 4-H Congress delegate, traveling to Atlanta, Ga. for a conference and various workshops and classes.

The daughter of Richard and Victoria Gianni, the teen is a senior at Crown Point High School and attends Lowell High School for agriculture classes.

She plans to attend Purdue University, West Lafayette to study agricultural communications.

“I could see myself as a spokesperson for the agriculture community, simply educating schools, young children and communities about where their food comes from, the natural resources, and waste management and how it affects the environment,” she said.

Gianni is a member of Future Farmers of America, and plans to replace her mother when Victoria Gianni steps down from her post as administrative leader in the 4-H Saddle and Spurs Club.

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