Belita Martinez/Courtesy photo
Belita Martinez, a 15 year old from El Rito and a member of the Young Guns 4-H Club in Rio Arriba County, returned home on July 14 with a huge accomplishment. Belita attended the 99th Annual New Mexico State 4-H Conference in Las Cruces for the first time as a senior 4-Her. Attendance and level of competition was tough as competitors and county teams from all of New Mexico M attended this 4-day event. This was Belita’s first NM State 4-H Conference and she was nervous even though earlier this year she was awarded high point youth senior at the Arizona National Judging Contest in Scottsdale.
Judging horses has become a passion of hers. Her judging coach Dr. Jason Turner and her parents have been really impressed with her oral reasons that she presents to the judges. For two years in a row she and the New Mexico team has been the Arizona National Senior Youth Champions.
Returning from Las Cruces, Belita was awarded overall high point senior. This is first for a senior 4-Her from Rio Arriba County that has brought home the buckle and the banner. Belita also received a $500 scholarship from New Mexico State University College of Agriculture.
Belita is now setting her goals to judge at some national shows beginning in November at the National Palomino Show in Oklahoma City and in January at the National Western in Denver, Colorado.