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June 26, 2014 I The Lovell Chronicle I 13 Locals brin home the buckles at Riverton horse show Five North Big Horn County horsemen traveled to Riverton last weekend to compete at the first Wind River Performance Horse Club show of the year to kick offthe 2014 season. Three of the youths, Miranda Workman, Chae Hackney and Makayla Workman, brought home the Overall Hi-Point belt buckles. Trenity Hackney came home with an Over- all Reserve Hi -Point and Trista Hernandez placed fourth overall at the show held June 21 at the Jim Moss Arena. Miranda Workman has spent the last 18 years learning how to train show horses. She studied un- der Anne Sherwood at the Northwest College Equine Program for three years. After school Miranda spent time under a variety of trainers in Colorado. "I'm so thankful for all the people that have been there for me and supported my dream," Workman said. Trista Hernandez ,who has been following in Mi- randa's footsteps for the last two years, comes from a long line of horsemen and women. She has spent lots of time with her family on many different horses on the Dry Head Ranch. Tris- ta has accomplished her goal in showmanship at the first show. Chae Hackney has only been showing horses him- self for one year but has traveled many miles haul- ing his daughter Treni- ty, who started showing at COURTESY PHOTO Showing off their belt buckles from Saturday's horse show in Riverton are Makayla Workman (lower left), Miranda Workman (right) and Chae Hackney (upper left). the age of 7. Both daddy and daughter spend many hours daily in the arena on horseback preparing for the next show. The daddy/ daughter combo shared, "It's not easy on show day when one of us needs a tack change, and the other one is needed in the arena. We could not do it without the help of our show wife/ mom, Vangi Hackney." Chae and Trenity both want to give credit to Jim and Cindi Fannon, Chan- di Workman and Miranda Workman for all their help getting them to where they are today. Jim Fannon has been training horses for more than 50 years. He is the first to tell you his meth- ods of training were in- stilled while spending time around Tom Dorrance in Jamestown, Calif. His granddaughter, Chan- di Workman, started her horse career spending many hours in the barn with her grandpa Jim and her cousin Preston Green. She, too, studied under Anne Sherwood at the Northwest College Equine Program and graduat- ed in 2005 with an A.A.S. Equine Riding & Training Degree. After college she went to Colorado to do an intern- ship with Terry Wegener. She now works for Richard Bower as a barn manager and trainer. "I have tried to pass down my knowledge of training to my kids, grand- kids and great grandkids, as well as a lot of other lo- cal people," Fannon said. His knowledge has reached generations. Makayla Workman, who has started her show career at an ear- ly age of 6, is Jim and Cin- di Fannon's great grand- daughter, and Justin and Chandi Workman's daugh- ter. This little girl has grown up in the barn lis- tening and watching her great grandfather and her mother. Both great-grand- father and mother are very proud of their little descen- dant's accomplishments. BY PATH CARPENTER Big Horn County School District No. 1 is in the pro- cess of finding a board member to temporarily fill the shoes of Jim Thomas, who left his post early due to a job promotion. Thomas represented the Byron area of the district. her. Bair said he thought preparing kids for the real world was important. Rid- ing said it was important to have "broad shoulders" be- cause there is always some- one, somewhere who is not pleased with what is going on. The candidates were Since it is an elected "also asked why they want- position, the board will ap- point his post for a period of around five months, un- til a new board member is elected by voters in Novem- ber and will take office in December. The district's board of trustees held a special board meeting on Thurs- day, June 19, to interview three highly qualified can- didates from the Byron area, who expressed inter- est in filling the position. All three also expressed in- terest in the position on the November ballot and they may consider running even if not appointed for the tem- porary position. The board interviewed each candidate individually during the special meeting, which was open to the pub- lic. The three candidates who applied were Tracy McArthur, Ed Riding and Alan Bair. Each candidate was al- lowed to make a brief state- ment at the beginning of their interview and then all candidates were asked the same set of questions, in the same order, by the same board members. They were asked what they thought the strengths and weaknesses of the dis- trict were. Most thought the district was doing well, but of course there is always room for improvement. They were also asked if they were aware of the time commitment involved and the time that might be required for special train- ing. All indicated that they had the time to be involved. Since Riding has been a board member in the past, he said he was very aware of the commitment. All were asked what as- pects they thought were im- portant as a school board member. All seem to indi- cate that making the chil- dren a priority was most important. McArthur said she thought "caring about kids" was the highest pri- ority, she also said "com- passion" was "huge" for ed to serve on the board. All three indicated a desire to serve their community as their primary motivation. The were also asked what they would do ifa com- munity member came di- rectly to them with a prob- lem. Each indicated they would recommend the in- dividual go though "proper channels" first like talking to the principal, then the superintendent of schools and then, in cases where they felt they had not been heard, to address their con- cerns to the board. They were also asked what they have done to support the district in the past. McArthur said that when she lived in Cowley her children attended the schools and she was part of a parent group. Riding noted that he was a former board member for 10 years, which he thought showed his commitment to the dis- trict. Bair said his expe- rience working in the dis- trict, especially during the consolidation years, gave him unique insights into the more historical aspects that still affect the district. MCARTHUR McArthur was the first candidate interviewed. She is a teacher in the Pow- ell school system and has lived in Byron for about 10 years. Her children attend- ed school in the district for a brief period of time some years ago. "I've been in educa- tion all my life," she said. "My mom was a special ed teacher, so I was taught at home what the value of ed- ucation is and I know how important that is." McArthur is current- ly working on her master's degree and is the depart- ment chair in the English department at her school in Powell. "Technology is a big thing for me. I think it is very important to prepare students for whatever di- rection they want to go in, but technology is a part of our world and it is import- ant to prepare them for that." She said her experi- ence has been that SD1 is a "great" school district. She said she really felt her children were "prepared" when her family moved from Cowley to Idaho and she has noticed kids coming into her current school dis- trict from District 1 seem to be well-prepared. She added, now that her children are grown, she feels she has time to serve in the position. "I don't really have any hidden agenda, I just want to serve my commu- nity," she said. "I'm here for my community and I don't have an ax to grind. I think a contentious rela- tionship doesn't accomplish anything." RIDING Riding was a previous board member, during con- struction of the new school facility in Cowley. Accord- ing to the district office, he held the position before Jim Thomas was elected. He said during a good number of the years he was on the board, it was tied up with matters dealing with the construction proj- ects. He said he would like to work on issues that were more academic in nature and that he truly missed being a part of the board. "We worked hard during those years to get to where we are now and I really miss being a part of that," he said. Riding said when he re- tired from the military, he was looking for a good place to finish raising his chil- dren and brought his fam- ily to Byron. At that time, he and his wife bought the home she was raised in and have lived in Byron for about 20 years. He said part of the rea- son he feels the district is doing well is due to the small class sizes and a con- sistent curriculum through- out the district. He also said he thought the district was making progress in terms of making the schools more secure, and due to events that have happened in other schools around the country, that should contin- ue to be a big priority. BAIR Bair was the final can- didate to be interviewed. A longtime member of and businessman in the By- ron community, Bair said he has seen graduates over the years who he would consider less than prepared to conduct the most basic tasks on the job. He said he feels that by being on the board, he could do some- thing about that. "I try to help these peo- ple and one way I've tried is by employing them," he explained. "It concerns me when you hire a high school graduate and he can't spell or can't write well enough to indicate on his payroll sheet what he did that day. It's perked my interest in wanting to do something about it during the remain- ing lifespan that I have. I think I can make a differ- ence by being on the board. I would like to do something to contribute in some way to the success rate of those who graduate from school." Bair was an adminis- trator in the district and was involved in the consoli- dation process. He indicated that there were many his- torical aspects of that pro- cess that are still relevant today and that he felt he could make a unique contri- bution because he had been involved with the district during that time frame. Bair also worked for many years in the district. "I've had an interest in education for years and years," he said. "I was suc- cessful as a school teacher and I think reasonably suc- cessful as a school adminis- trator for seven years." He noted that he had seven children graduate from the district. Bair also serves on the town council in Byron and still runs a business. **$ After the meeting, the board held an executive session to discuss the qual- ifications of each of the can- didates, but will not vote on their decision until a spe- cial meeting that will be held on, Monday, June 30, via teleconference. They will also approve end of the fiscal year payables during that telephone meeting. The minutes of both meet- ings will be made available to the public on the dis- trict's website. on the www.Iovcllch ton iclc.com ~zinio~ Digital magazines easily viewable ~~ *ti~ On most I nternet-ertab|ed devices A public serrate announcement brought to you by this newspaper. We look forward to. and other Mi Wdcom Mushn, And we will I, there [or in the [uture. Lovell Drug has been in business for more fhon LeatS HSnd bag s Fine Stop In tot the best malts & ~h.kCs In town! 164 East Main, Lovell 548-7231