The bond between a girl and her horse cannot be broken.

August 27, 2021

The bond between a girl and her horse cannot be broken.

By Allison Scarbrough, Editor.

HART — Chloe Coker, 16, has had a passion for horses since she was a little girl, and that love for the beautiful animals seems to be hereditary since her mom, Amanda, is also a horse enthusiast.

Chloe is one of three 4-H ambassadors at the Oceana County Fair. Ambassadors are selected to serve as role models for the younger 4-H kids and teach them about the program. The other ambassadors are Kassie Bisard and Alexis Settler.

The Hart High School junior has been involved in 4-H since she was 5 years old. She is a member of the Oceana Silver Spurs 4-H club.

“I like how you can bond with them, and that bond is just unbreakable,” she said.

Chloe’s love of horses takes her beyond the county fair as she competes in several other horse shows. She also participates at the fair with other farm animals.

“For horses, I show everywhere, and I show chickens sometimes here.”

She has three horses that she shows. She rides several times a week and takes riding lessons to perfect her skills. Her family owns 20 acres east of Hart where she works with her horses. One of her horses is leased, and she does lessons in Muskegon with that one. She began taking lessons at age 8.

After high school, the teen plans to attend the University of Findlay in Ohio where she can participate in the equestrian team. 

Her mom was also involved in 4-H when she was a teen. “My friends all had horses, and we rode together. It was fun. When you’re around people who are all interested in the same thing you are, you get a whole new group of friends.”

“I still have my 24-year-old (horse) I used to show.”

Chloe plays basketball for the Hart Pirates, and combined with her active role in 4-H and showing horses for other competitions, she stays busy and focused.

4-H has been a positive experience throughout her life. 

“It was a really good starting point of showing. I basically learned everything from 4-H.”

The 150th annual Oceana County Fair ‎continues through Saturday, Aug. 28.

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