Recently I had the pleasure of serving as a judge for the Louisa County Young Riders 4-H Club. Along with a couple of other (crusty old? No no no) horsewomen, I met the group down at the Extension Office in the county government building to evaluate Oral Presentations. The speakers were judged on twenty different points, from their appearance and poise, to the thoroughness and accuracy of their information. I believe the 4-Hers ranged from age 11 to 17, and their topics included breeds such as Friesians and Tennessee Walking Horses, training issues such as preparing for the State 4-H show or competing in Western Pleasure, and other areas like specific health problems and identifying poisonous plants. They did a great job - as we all know, public speaking can be very daunting, easier for some than for others - and obviously they had practiced and worked hard on their preparation.
I happily observed that the meeting began with their President leading the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by the 4-H Pledge: "I pledge my Head to clearer thinking, my Heart to greater loyalty, my Hands to larger service, and my Health to better living, for my club."