Lancaster farming. (Lancaster, Pa., etc.) 1955-current, August 15, 1998, Image 97

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    KAREN BUTLER
Maryland Correspondent
Carroll County fair week was
an especially busy one this year
for Renata Ramonda. The 16-
year-old Westminster youth
knew that the horses, rabbits,
and photography projects she
entered in the 101st annual
Carroll County fair, and the
tractor driving contest she par
ticipated in would keep her busy.
What she hadn’t counted on
was the fact that she would be
crowned Carroll County farm
queen during the 4-H/FFA fair,
held at the ag center in
Westminster. In addition to
exhibiting her projects, Renata
spent the week in a flurry of
activity handing out ribbons at
shows, working at the livestock
sale, and greeting the public.
Three young ladies competed
for the title of farm queen in the
dairy pavilion at the ag center.
In addition to Renata, identical
twins Emily and Jessica Hester,
of Westminster, also participat
ed in the contest. The 16-year
old daughters of Greg and Beth
Hester live on a hog farm, and
exhibit both hogs and sheep
each year at the fair. They ire
both active in 4-H and FFA, and
are also both members of the
National Honor Society. Both
sisters participate in sports, and
are active in community service.
Emily and Jessica will serve as
alternates to the Carroll County
farm queen.
In her last official duty as the
1997 Carroll County farm
queen, Jessica Fritz, the daugh
ter of Daniel and Sharon Fritz,
New Windsor, gave her farewell
address and passed on the tiara.
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up tails, on showing in hand, and
have visited a farm to see and
leant about mares ready to foal.
Carroll County Fair Selects Busy Queen
Instead of focusing on the impor
tance of agriculture in her last
speech, Jessica took the oppor
tunity to make a heartfelt state
ment about farmers themselves.
“Farmers are the best people
I know,” she said. “No one works
harder or longer. Thank you to
the farmers of Carroll County. I
commend you and I want to tell
you that I am so proud my fami
ly and I are part of your commu
nity.”
Renata Ramonda, the daugh
ter of DeAnn Ramonda-Pruitt
and Arthur Pruitt, lives on a 14-
acre quarter horse farm in
Westminster, Pruitt’s Pleasure
Quarter Horse farm. She
attends Westminster High
School, where she will be a
senior this fall. She has a two
year-old brother. The family
raises, trains, and rides quarter
horses, and also raises rabbits.
Renata’s love of quarter hors
es keeps her busy feeding, clean
ing stalls, training, and riding
the animals at home. She
accomplished rider, both
English and Western. She quali
fied through her participation in
the Maryland state team to go to
the National Youth Activity
team tournament. She took two
of her horses to the event, and
rode both English and Western.
Renata has also been very
involved in the Carroll County
therapeutic riding program. The
program takes place each spring
and fall at the ag center in
Westminster. “I’ve been involved
in the program for a very long
time,” she explained, “And I’ve
become more active in recent
years because I’m older.
Basically, my job is to help out
Gentle Giants Pull
This summer the club members
with the kids who are nuing,
either being a side-walker or a
leader of the horse. It’s been a
wonderful experience to be able
to work with the many children
involved in the program.”
At school, Renata is president
of the Westminster High School
FFA chapter. She attended the
Maryland State FFA convention,
and the 1996 National 4-H
Congress. She is a member' of
the FFA horse judging team at
the state level. Her 4-H activi
ties include being president of
the New Kids 4-H club, and a
member of the Carroll County
horse judging team. She has also
participated in the horse bowl
trivia and hippology contests.
She has taken several college
level courses, including a fresh
man agriculture class in animal
science from Kansas State
University through a distance
learning program. She also took
a college level horse judging
course from North Carolina
State University.
As for her fair week activi
ties, Renata said she was very
busy, but she had a rewarding
week. “We did pretty well. We
did fairly decent in everything.
It was fun!” she said.
have been restoring a farm wagon
that will be hitched to a mother
daughter team of Percheron mares
at the Carroll County fair. Heather
Bankard will ride alongside on an
other mare. The young people
have made a banner with the slo
gan, “4-H Pulls Youth Together.”
And it’s clear that with this dedi
cated group of horse enthusiasts,
that slogan rings true.
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Renata Ramonda of Westminster is the New Carroll
County farm queen.
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