CF Equine Studies student wins dressage national championship
- College of Central Florida student Samantha Cooper, 20, won the National Championship in Upper Training at the 2014 Intercollegiate Dressage Association National Championships on April 12, in Chatham, Va.
     Cooper, who moved to Ocala from Washington to study Equine Business Management at CF, has ridden dressage for the past six years. After she graduates in December with her Associate in Science in Equine Studies, Cooper plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree in agriculture business.
     “My dream is to own a training and boarding facility,” she said. “Riding is my passion.”
     Dr. Judy Downer, CF Equine Studies professor and head coach of the CF Dressage Team, said Cooper’s win is something she and the college are proud of.
      “At IDA competitions, horses are provided by the host college. Students draw a horse at random and have 10 minutes of warm-up prior to entering the ring,” Downer said. “Sam was high score of the day and high point for our region, which covers UCF, FSU and UF. It’s very exciting.”
     To learn more about the CF Equine Studies program, visit

Kelsey Russell Competes For WEG Ride
Kelsey Russell of Williston Florida traveled to Broxton Bridge Plantation in Ehrhardt, S.C., this past week to compete in the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games Endurance Team Selection Trials for the United States.  Russell was among 15 riders competing to be chosen to represent the United States in Normandy, France, on a course from Sartilly to the Bay of Mont Saint-Michel on Aug. 28, 2014.  She was riding My Wild Irish Gold of Gold Medal Farms owned by Larry and Valerie Kanavy. Valerie Kanavy was among the riders competing on Just Gold of Gold Medal Farms. Wendy MacCoubrey was riding as a proxy rider for Valerie on Raven About Gold of Gold Medal Farms. Due to dangerous conditions from the weather, the ride was delayed and the length of the ride was shortened to keep the horses on trails safe enough for them to travel at a qualifying speed. Russell and Irish completed the ride with flying colors and excellent vet scores. Russell and My Wild Irish Gold were among the top 10 to complete the course.  Russell and Kanavy will are awaiting the results of the selection process to see how the riders and horses have been ranked. To follow the United States riders on their way to Normandy, please visit
Photo by Becky Pearman Photgraphy

Published April 23, 2014

By Myrtice Scabarozi
Quilt042314     LEVY COUNTY -- The Log Cabin Quilters met Thursday (April 17) at the Levy County Quilt Museum at 11050 N.W. 10th Ave., Chiefland.

This is the quilt top in the frame in the sewing room. There is plenty of room for you to come out and help.

     We had more material that had been donated and several guests that might join us again on another Thursday.
     A correctional officer and inmates from Lancaster Correctional Institution's Youth Offender Rehabilitation Program were out to do our yard work. We finished hanging up the Bible verse quilt blocks on the south wall.
     They cleaned out the display cabinet from Ida Mae’s and found a “priceless” rate fee schedule for haircuts ($1), teasing, loving care, manicures and other work done at the Beauty Shop. Thanks Lancaster. Your help is so important to us.
     This week we got a package from Fran in Gladwin, Mich., of quilt blocks for the porch. One block is a stained-glass butterfly that you really need to see. Give me a week or two to put it on the porch. Many of our snowbird friends have been very busy making quilt blocks for the porch. Thank you all very much.
     Now that Easter is over, come on out before we go straight to summer. The roses are blooming and the rocking chairs are waiting.

On Wednesday (April 16), Jan Hendrix made a hole-in-one on hole number 5 at the Chiefland Golf & Country Club. She said that she saw it roll on the green and then couldn't see it and was afraid it had rolled off the back of the green. The ladies she was playing with said they thought it went in. All were very excited when they checked, and found that it was in the hole! As is the tradition, she treated everyone in the clubhouse to drinks and treated the Chiefland Women's Golf Association to pizza, too!
Photo and Text By Sue Ice

Registration opens for
Levy County 4-H Day Camps

Published April 2, 2014
-- Come June 9 the first day of a series of Levy County 4-H Day Camps begins, and registration is open now to insure a place in all of that fun.
     The $25 camp fee includes breakfast, lunch, snacks, field trips and recreation each day. The ATV Camp is $50.
     Sewing and Cooking Camps will be offered this summer. Please contact Muriel Turner about these excellent day camps at 352-486-5131.
     There is no requirement to be a member of 4-H to participate in any of these camps. Also, the camper need not live in Levy County. Everyone is welcome.
     And while restrictions of 4-H membership or Levy County residency are not imposed, there are some requirements.
     Age Limits: Camper MUST be at least 8 years old by the date of the camp they are attending. All 8-9 year old children must have proof of age - birth certificate or some type of identification.
     The day camp happens at the Levy County Extension Office in Bronson. The time of camp is Monday through Thursday – 8:30 a.m to 4:30 p.m., and Friday 8:30 a.m. to 12 noon.
     The cost is $25 per camp ($50 for ATV camp) – all day camps are non-refundable. For more Information: Call the office at 352-486-5131 or email

* Remote Control & Science of Flight -- June 9 - 13

     Participants are welcome to bring their remote control toys and try new ones. Also, participants will be making and programming LEGO robots.
* Sports Fishing I – June 16 – 20
     Participants will learn to rig and use simple fishing tackle including cane poles and/or rods. This camp will include fishing trips to various sites and a fish fry on Friday!
* Wildlife Adventures June 23 – 27
     Come ready for anything! In this day camp, everyone will have the opportunity to learn about our friends in the wild and explore adventures to build relationships and cooperation.
* International Food, Fun & Fitness July 7 – 11
     This camp is a fun-filled week while participants enjoy food and stay healthy. Several guest speakers from different countries will share some of their customs, including food.
* Shooting Sports I July 14 – 18
     Participants have the opportunity to earn their Hunter Safety Certification during this week and learn to shoot bows, rifles, shotgun, and/or muzzle-loading weapons.
* Shooting & Fishing II July 21 – 25
     This camp is designed to take these two activities to another level. During Shooting Sports II, everyone will hone the skills they learned in Shooting Sports I. During the Sports Fishing days, there is improving on the skills learned in Fishing I. This camp includes an extra fishing excursion to a new destination.
* Marine Science July 28 – Aug. 1
     In this day camp, participants learn more about the Marine environment. It will include boat trips, seining, cast-netting, crabbing, and specimen identification.
* Bugs & Outdoor Adventures Aug. 4 – 8
     In this day camp there is a combination of entomology and insect collecting with canoeing, hiking, exploring our natural resources, and many other activities.
* Games Aug. 11 – 15
     This day camp is designed to enjoy the fun of old school games! Some of the games include, bean bag toss, jacks and much more!
* ATV Safety & Certification (12 and older) Aug. 11 – 15
     Florida law requires ATV riders to have an ATV Safety Certification to ride an ATV on any public lands. We are offering this class to a limited number of youth (16). Riders will be taught safe operation, riding practices, and general maintenance of the ATV. We will be taking trips with our ATV’s. This day camp will be taught by American Safety Institute instructors for the purpose of completing the ASI ATV Safety Certification. This day is only for youth aged 12 years and older. The cost of this camp is $50.

WED. APR. 23  10:07 a.m.

Levy, Dixie, Gilchrist counties




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