Horse trainer got her early start in 4-H

Esther McCoy SHE KNOWS HER HORSES — Samantha Glenn has been successful in showing horses as part of 4-H. Her brother, Gabe, also does well in competitions.

IRONDALE — Four-H works to build character using four words starting with the letter “H,” words all members of the group learn early on: Head, heart, hands and health.

Participants in the organization can learn to overcome a fear of public speaking, take an interest in younger members at 4-H Camp, learn to stick with a project until it is completed, do clean-up work in the community, visit care facilities to talk with residents or participate in many other activities.

Samantha Glenn, 18, a member of the Country Rangers 4-H Club, has discovered that her many horse projects, participation in Ohio State Fair competition and lessons in caring for and training horses has brought on a new career.

Samantha knows ponies and horses well. She grew up around them while visiting the Irondale farm of her grandparents, Curt and Virginia Glenn, who have large, gentle giants. Her father, Carl, also had horses at their home. Samantha was riding a miniature horse named Minnie when she was only 3, while competing in horse shows before she was old enough to show horses at the Jefferson County Fair.

In her younger 4-H years, she would tell her parents she would someday beome a horse trainer. Thanks to the training she received through 4-H, that dream has come true.

Her father, family members and friends built her a 64-foot stable with eight stalls and a arena for training. Her father helped her pick a name for the facility, Mansa Stables. That is what her brother, Gabe, called her while he was younger and could not pronounce her name.

She has been coaching 10 area young people who are interested in riding for Robin Wedlake, who has earned many trophies while competing at the Ohio State Fair, including second- and third-place finishes in a recent competition there.

Her father said she is a natural with horses, using skills developed during her many years of caring for, riding and grooming the animals. There was a horse owner who had not been able to ride his horse and Samantha broke it in. She just has a way with the animals.

Now, her younger brother, Gabe, 12, who was riding with a lead line with his father walking by his side when he was 1, is gaining honors in Ohio State Fair competitions.

There is the oldest brother, C.J., who took horse projects through 4-H, but he has graduated and has moved away from home.

Neither brother August nor their mother, Aimee, is into horses either.