Meet Kelly, a C-K 4-H Member!

Let’s meet Kelly!

Kelly Verstraete is an active member of the Chatham-Kent 4-H Association. Kelly attends Ridgetown District High School and is currently in grade 12. When not at school, she works at Ryckman Farms. As a long time member of the Beef Club, Kelly was chosen to represent the club in the Kubota Cup Challenge this past year, showing her way to a Reserve Champion Showman title.

Joining Chatham-Kent 4-H at a young age, Kelly was excited about this new hobby, learning new life skills and meeting new people. Throughout her years in 4-H she has been involved in many county wide events and volunteered her time in various capacities.  She has served at the annual “Taste of Lambton Kent” Gala, attended regional Discovery Days and volunteered her time with the Highgate Fair. Kelly is an avid showman, participating in the Kubota Cup Challenge, showing on a Spring Expo 4-H Team at the Ridgetown College and has shown at many cattle shows including the Jr. Beef Expo (London), Western 4-H Beef Invitational (Listowel) and the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair (Toronto) among many more. To build on her existing showmanship skills, Kelly has also attended the Kirk Steriwalt fitting clinic in Paris, ON.

When she is not in the ring, Kelly enjoys participating in a variety of other local 4-H clubs.  She has been a member in the sewing, canning, cake decorating, baking, life skills, leadership, beef, horse and pony and scrap booking clubs, to name a few. These experiences have allowed Kelly to travel to many new places and small towns, as well as meet many new friends and people along the way.

4-H has changed so many lives in Chatham-Kent, and Kelly is no exception.  She has gained public speaking skills and been given the chance to practice those skills through her 4-H clubs. She has also gained leadership skills, which has led her to get involved with events and trips at school as well. She has participated in RYLA in Fenton Michigan and led a Niners Day team. She also uses the practical knowledge she has learned in the beef club to pick her show claves for the following year.

Outside of 4-H, Kelly enjoys hanging out with her friends and working on calves.  She is a true testament to both the showmanship and leadership skills 4-H teaches through a hands on “Learn to do by doing” approach to learning.  4-H has allowed Kelly to realize her passion for showing cattle and provided her many opportunities to do what she loves.

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