Enterprise High School junior Celeste Hillock returned Jan. 12 from the National 4-H Horse Classic's Western Division Show in Denver where she participated in public speaking. She is the first Wallowa County 4-Her to ever qualify in that event, said local 4-H Extension agent Debi Schreiber.
Though she did not place, Hillock qualified for the show through competition at the Wallowa County Spring Fair in June of 2001 and at the Oregon 4-H Horse Classic in April of 2002. The show attracted some 800 4-H youth,
She was accompanied on her Jan. 8 through 12 trip by parents John and Gail Hillock.
Peers of the 17-year-old Enterprise youth participated in horse judging, horse bowl, presentations and public speaking competition.
Hillock's speech was on the subject of PMU Farms. She explains that the acronym stands for "pregnant mare urine farms." Mostly based in Canada, PMU Farms collect the urine of pregnant mares which is used to replace the hormone drug premarin, an estrogin supplement for women. She explains that the urine is collected beginning in the eighth month of a horse's 11 month gestation period.
She has another year of 4-H ahead of her and intends to stay busy participating in her horse club, scrapbookking, photography and in a 4-H community service club. She is also a member of the 2003 Chief Joseph Days Court.