1999 Auction and Events On Marilyn Austin’s 62-acre farm just west of Atlanta, Boss is boss. A registered quarter horse, Boss found his new home through the Georgia 4-H Horse Benefit Auction. “He’s become like a family member,” Austin said. “I bought him because he looked like an easy horse to ride.” Boss turned out to be a very talented horse. “My daughter rode him and qualified for the regional riding competition in Baton Rouge, La.,” Austin bragged. “He’s been a wonderful horse. I now use him with my horseback-riding students who ride in the Special Olympics.” Last year, the Austins went back to the auction and came home with another horse. “He’s not the multipurpose horse Boss is. But there’s nowhere I can imagine getting that quality horse for that price,” Austin said. Reasonably Priced Expertise “This year we have more than 20 horses to auction,” said Laura Perry Johnson, state livestock specialist for the Georgia 4-H program. “We have something for every type of horse owner,” she said. “We have everything from a three-year-old Appaloosa mare and a three-year-old Arabian up to a 26-year-old walking horse for those who like trail riding.” Proceeds Benefit 4-H Horse Program GEORGIA 4-H’er Amy Wheatley from Wilkes Couty, on “Cody F Bar” won first place in the 1998 show in the Jr. Hunter Under Saddle category. “I’m almost scared to tell too many people about the auction, because that brings more bidders,” Austin said. “But it’s a great way to raise funds for the 4-H program.” Austin supports the 4-H horse program because it teaches more than riding skills. “The 4-H program is primarily educational,” she said. “They have the opportunity to compete. But they have to learn about horses, too. They have to have more than money and the ability to ride. It gives kids a good foundation in horsemanship in general, and they can go in any direction they want from there.” Buyers’ Information This year’s auction is Saturday, Feb. 27, at the Georgia National Fairgrounds and Agricenter in Perry, Ga. It will begin at 12:30 p.m. in the Multipurpose Arena. The auction is conducted in conjunction with the Georgia Junior National Livestock Show. The horses are tax-deductible donations, and all proceeds go to the Georgia 4-H horse program and UGA equine research. “For me, it’s one of the best ways to find a reasonably priced horse,” she said. “I trust the specialists at the University of Georgia, and I know a little about his background. We’ve been very happy with our purchases.” A complete catalog of the horses to be auctioned will be available at the sale. The auction is a great place for bargain hunters and first-time buyers, Johnson said. “Horses sell as low as $550,” she said. “Our highest seller in four years went for $4,200.” The auction has a slower pace than most horse auctions, too. That makes it a good place for inexperienced horse buyers to learn the ropes. “Many 4-H’ers buy horses at the auction,” Johnson said. “We also get real horse traders who are looking for the bargains.
May is all about celebrating Haiti across the US and South Florida. There are a number of activities you can participate in during this Haitian Heritage Month.Here is a list of events in South Florida::May 1-31stLakou Lakay art exhibit at North Miami Public Library, 835 NE 132nd St., North Miami. Hours: 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday to Thursday; 9:30 a.m– 5p.m. Friday and Saturday; Closed Sundays. Free.May 10thHaitian Heritage Day Celebration, 6 to 8 p.m., Little Haiti Cultural Complex, 212 NE 59th Terr.May 11thScreening of “Kafou,” a dark-comedy with English subtitles directed by Haitian filmmaker Bruno Mourral, 7 p.m. at the Overtown Performing Arts Center, 1074 NW 3rd Ave, Miami, FL 33136. $5 for Overtown residents and $13 for general admission.Black Lounge Film Series Screening of “Liberty in a Soup” 4-5:30 p.m. at Culmer Overtown Braqnch Library, 350 NW 13th St. Free. RSVP here. SPICE IT UP! Miami Haitian Heritage Month Celebration “Real Men Cook” 7 p.m. Caribbean Marketplace, 5925 NE Second Ave., Miami. Cost $50. RSVP at 305-492-7868 or EventBrite.Performance: Jamilah Sabur “Beneath the rivers, there are no borders,” 8 p.m. Little Haiti Cultural Center, 212 NE 59th Terr.May 12thTap Tap Unveiling, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Caribbean Marketplace, 5925 NE Second Ave., MiamiMay 13thJoël and Mushy Widmaier in concert, 6 to 9 p.m., Amaturo Theater at Broward Performing Arts Center, 201 SW 5th Ave., Fort Lauderdale. Tickets $23.58 – 35.00, available at Ticketmaster or Broward Center.May 16thPre-Compas Fest Unplugged, 7 p.m., Little Haiti Cultural Complex, 212 NE 59th Terr. Cost $20. Call 855-736-7420 or EventBrite.May 17thA Conversation With…Diaspora Speaks, Caribbean Marketplace, 5925 NE Second Ave., Miami. FreeHaitian Compas Festival Kickoff Party featuring NuLook, Sweet Micky, T-Vice, Cafe Iguana, 8358 Pines Blvd, Pembroke Pines. Doors open 10 p.m. $40. For more information call 305 945-8814.May 18thSounds of Little Haiti – Haitian Flag Day edition — featuring former Haiti President Michel Martelly, aka “Sweet Micky” 6 p. m. Little Haiti Cultural Complex, 212 NE 59th Terr., MiamiYouth art competition: Forever 1804, presented by Kultural Kontractors, 5 to 6:30 p.m. Little Haiti Cultural Complex visual arts building, 212 NE 59th Terr., Miami.Afrikin 2018| art, culture and fashion, 6 to 11:45 p.m., 144O Biscayne Blvd., Miami.Haitian Compas Festival All Black Affair featuring Nulook, Djakout #1, Harmonik, KAI, and Mikaben, Cafe Iguana, 8358 Pines Blvd, Pembroke Pines. Doors open 10 p.m. $40. For more information call 305 945-8814.May 20thHaitian Compas Festival All White Affair After Party featuring Kreyola, Vayb, Djakout #1, Cafe Iguana, 8358 Pines Blvd, Pembroke Pines. Doors open 10 p.m. $40. For more information call 305 945-8814May 21stHaitian Compas Festival Official After Party featuring Roody Roodboy, 5Lan, Harmonik, Kai, DJ TonyMix, Cafe Iguana, 8358 Pines Blvd, Pembroke Pines. Doors open 10 p.m. Pembroke Pines $40May 25thPoetic Lakay, 7 to 11 p.m., Caribbean Marketplace, 5925 NE Second Ave., Miami.Best Nation Ayiti, 9 a.m. to noon. Little Haiti Cultural Complex, 212 NE 59th Terr., Miami.May 26thAnniversary of the official naming of Little Haiti and Caribbean Market Day, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Caribbean Marketplace and Little Haiti Cultural Complex, 5925 NE Second Ave. Miami.May 28thThe Haitian Compas Festival sponsors a Mass in memory of departed Haitian musicians at 11 a.m. at Notre Dame d’Haiti Catholic Church, 110 NE 62nd St. Miami.May 30thLittle Haiti Senior Day, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Little Haiti Cultural Complex, 212 NE 59th Terr.May 31stLakou Lakay: In My Own Backyard – Mother’s Day edition. 11 a.m.- 3 p.m. Free. Bayfront Park, 301 N. Biscayne Blvd.Haitian History Bee finale, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Stephen P. Clark, 111 NW First St., Miami.