By Noel Ochoa, Veterinary Technology Student, Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture
Home to one of the largest county Fairs in Nebraska, Broken Bow is also where you’ll find the Custer County Fairgrounds. A part of the fairgrounds happens to be one of central Nebraska’s finest equine arenas, where this month’s 4-H feature member has grown up riding and competing with her beloved horses.
Lacey Finney, 18, is currently a first year vet tech student at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture in Curtis. At NCTA, Finney is an active member of the Student Technicians of the Veterinary Medical Association (STVMA) club. She plans to go through the vet tech program offered by NCTA and continue her education in veterinary medicine.
Finney has been around horses as long as she can remember, and she mentioned it is a passion she shares with her mother. Finney has been in 4-H for eight years and graduated last May from Broken Bow High School. There she participated in choir, basketball, and FFA. She acknowledged that having and taking care of horses is a major responsibility, and she stated she is very lucky to have been able to grow up around horses and having come to love to work with them.
Finney owns two quarter horses, Denny and Flash. Flash was already trained when she bought him; she started Denny and works with him, training him with help from her mother. For 4-H, Finney participated in poles, barrels, western pleasure, trail and reigning.
Despite not traveling for horse shows and competitions, Finney has had success at home, winning a few competitions at the Custer County Fair. In 2004, she won Reserve Halter 3 Year Old. In 2005, she won the 4-5 Year Old Gelding Halter and Trail competitions.
Finney loves simply going out and riding either of her horses. She enjoys working with them and watching how they progress together as a team and companions. She plans to continue her work with her horses and breaking horses so more people can, like her, enjoy the rush and pleasure that one can experience when riding a horse.