After 10 years Dorothy McKain is reaching the end of her time with 4-H, something that she became involved in due to family ties.
“My dad did it for 10 years in a different county, my brother did it for 10 years. It’s just connections.”, Dorothy McKain.
Throughout the years of 4-H she has racked up many awards including becoming a Grand Champion of blacksmithing and hand-crop. These types of accolades don’t happen without a lot of hard work.
“It takes a lot of work. Multiple late nights with the instructor. Coming in late and coming in early.” said McKain.
Dorothy has her hand in many aspects of 4-H but her favorite part continues to be the animals.
“I like it all but if I had to pick one , probably spending time with my horses. And getting to see the little kids faces when they see a horse their size.” Dorothy McKain.
Her time as an active 4-H’er may be coming to an end but she influences other 4-H’ers like her niece Hailey.
“She has taught me to drive the carts and walk out to the arena with my horse and not let go with the lead.” says Hailey Boyer.
Seeing her aunt go on to bigger things is a bittersweet feeling for Hailey. “I’m really proud but I wish she would stay with me”, said Boyer.
Dorothy will attend Purdue University in the fall to pursue her dream of becoming a veterinarian.