It didn’t take long for Logan County’s new 4-H Coordinator to fill up her schedule.
Sarah Whitaker, who comes to the University of Arkansas Cooperative Services position equipped with a bachelor’s degree in equine science and a master’s degree in agriculture education — both from Auburn University — hit the ground running.
In her first month alone — she started April 8 — there was a 4-H banquet, the annual county o’rama and she has been busy setting up other 4H events set for this month, like the fashion review, and summer events like day camps.
Whitaker grew up in 4-H herself.
"I knew that I really wanted to return to the program. I was very, very involved at the state and national level," said Whitaker.
Having finished both degrees at Auburn in a span of just five and a half years, she isn’t that far removed from the program.
"I graduated in December and had been job hunting ever since. I found the opening online," she said.
As an equine major — she was on the equestrian team at Auburn — Whitaker obviously has an affinity for horses. That affinity dates back to her childhood living in Pine Bluff, and she rides both Western and English, speed and pleasure
"My mom had horses when I was born, so I was raised around them and started taking professional lessons when I was 7," said Whitaker. "And I’ve been going ever since."
Whitaker also hunts and is active in shooting sports as well. Consequently, she said she was excited to learn that there are specialty clubs for those horse lovers and shooters among the county’s 4-H clubs.
Whitaker’s office is in the Booneville courthouse, but given her schedule that includes visiting all the clubs, learning about and preparing for all the 4H events, it may be hard to actually find her there.
While it may seem that Whitaker is somewhat of a tomboy she insists, "I do like rhinestones, I can get girly."