New 4-H horse project program offered in Brookline

Thursday, May 8, 2014

BROOKLINE – Irish Luck Stables was excited to offer a third open house to gain interest in creating a new Hillsborough County 4-H Horse Project program. More than 75 youth ages 5 to 18 with their families visited the facility and gained knowledge about 4-H.

The 4-H Animal and Agricultural Science Education is a youth development model that utilizes animal and agriculture for positive youth development. The New Hampshire 4-H Horse Project is an project that focuses on learning about and working with horses, and 4-H costs nothing to join and member expenses are minimal.

Danielle Preece, trainer and 4-H project leader, helped Irish Luck Stables to recognize that a viable 4-H horse program in Brookline, Hollis, Mason, Milford and Wilton area was truly needed.

“To find this horse program, now, people must travel to Massachusetts or a good distance into New Hampshire. Now, families can stay local at our premier facility and participate with their friends and learn and give within their community,” she explained.

Each open house included a welcome, introduction of staff and 4-H leaders, tour of the facility, movement activity, craft, snack, guest speaker and review of basic horse handling.

A special thank you goes to guest speakers Jessica Nelson, animal control officer at Weare Police Department, and Kelly Chase, 20-year 4-H leader in Hillsborough County.

“Megan and I just went to our very first 4-H Meeting at Irish Luck Stables, this seems like something she is really going to enjoy. Feeling wonderful,” said parent Carrie McLaughlin.

Recent findings from Tufts University’s 4-H study of positive youth development indicate that young people in 4-H are three times more likely to contribute to their communities than youth not participating in 4-H. Notably, the Tufts research discovered that the structured learning, encouragement and adult mentoring that 4-Hers receive play a vital role in helping them actively contribute to their communities.

Irish Luck Stables owner and 4-H Organizational Leader Kim Gagnon said, “Our hope is to have our horse farm a productive business in our community and by hosting a twice a month free youth 4-H program that will allow us to fulfill the 4-H mission of providing positive experiences for all youth and adults to develop their individual potential as caring and contributing members of an ever-changing world.”

Irish Luck Stables LLC

We welcomes riders of all levels to our premier facility where we offer professional service in a family friendly environment. We offer horse boarding, lessons and training, centered riding, English hunter/jumper, dressage, pleasure and Western trail riding.

With a 16-stall barn, 140-foot-by-70-foot indoor arena with new European geo-textile footing, secure webcams and WiFi, heated/AC viewing room and tack rooms. For more information, visit

4-H of UNH Cooperative Extension

The 4-H Youth Development program of UNH Cooperative Extension strives to create supportive program environments where youth have a sense of belonging and a desire to grow in knowledge and skill. Key elements include caring adult leaders, inclusive environments, safe places, opportunities to learn and master skills, opportunities for youth to be active participants in their own future, and practice leadership and service learning.

Professional 4-H youth development educators located in each of New Hampshire’s 10 counties provide subject matter support, volunteer management and event planning for the more than 20,000 school-aged youth involved in all aspects of the 4-H program. As part of a national organization, NH 4-H is focused on three priority areas, 4-H Healthy Living, 4-H Citizenship and Civic Engagement, 4-H Science, Engineering and Technology. 4-H is your first class at the University of New Hampshire. For more information, visit

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