True Leaders in 4-H: Samantha Taylor

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In honor of National 4-H Week, we want to recognize an individual who is a 4-H alumni and club leader. Meet Samantha (Sam) Taylor. Sam was inducted into the N.C. 4-H Honor Club in 2000. She’s a club leader to the Young Riders Horse 4-H Club and mother to two young 4-H’ers named Addison and Shelby. She helps run the Brandywine Stables in Midland, NC with her mother Debbie Barham Campbell and has served Union County 4-H throughout her life. Sam is an active volunteer with the North Carolina 4-H Horse program and has served in various roles with the district horse council. Under the leadership of Sam and her mother Debbie, the duo has brought home several awards and accolades to the Union County 4-H program. She is a true example of what it means to extend your work with 4-H beyond the club level. It’s a pleasure to feature her in this week’s True Leaders in 4-H Tuesday post.

Samantha Taylor

Read below to learn more about her.

What is your favorite component of the 4-H Program? *

The volunteering portion, the fellowship, and meeting people all over the country.

What does 4-H mean to you? *
We’ve been involved in it for so many years; it has brought my 4-H family together. I do it for the kids and seeing how they will grow and develop into their adult lives and the things they continue to do throughout the years.

What is your most memorable 4-H moment? *
As a 4-Her: My horse judging team won the Eastern National Horse Round-up competition in Louisville KY in 1999. I also gave a speech in front of 500 people about what 4-H means to me. Being able to do that with all the years of 4-H was a memorable moment.
As a club leader: Seeing my kids grow in the program and the accomplishments they’ve made. How respected and welcoming my children are and the sportsmanship they show. I started volunteering with 4-H right after I aged out and I’m 37 now.

What makes you a True Leader in 4-H? *
I feel like giving back to the program that built me and made me who I am today is important. Knowing the kids can come to me as their leader with any problems they have and feel comfortable with me as their leader.

If you were an animal, what would you be and why? *
Definitely a horse. Because of the freedom and intelligence that horses have. I’m amazed at how they depend on their bond between humans and horses. You can learn to communicate without them being able to speak back to you.