This morning we were the lucky hosts to members of the 4-H club from Franklin, Connecticut. After earning a few of their own ribbons, they took a field trip to visit our Rhode Island factory and see how awards are made.
Here are a few photos from the tour with Rick Hodges:
Snapping together freshly printed Cloverbud dog tags
Checking out rosette assembly (the red, yellow and green boxes are Empire rosette tops)
Standing with our Holsworthy rosettes- they were almost as big as the girls!
Posing with our Hodges mascot after the tour.
Are you part of a school, equestrian, 4-H or community group that would like to tour or Rhode Island or Missouri facilities? Let us know and we’ll be happy to work something out!
Once in a while, I come across an article that not only states who won an award at a fair, dog show, or horse show, but goes beyond to explain what the ribbon or trophy means. Often times, it takes years of preparation and hard work to be competition-ready.
This article from the Victoria (TX) Advocate shares the story of Rebecca Crain, a high school senior who just completed her last 4-H livestock show. Eyeing her Grand Champion rosette, she says “This is ten years of work, right here.” I hope you’ll click through for the full story.
I’m sure many more of our customers have a similar story to share about what it means to have won a ribbon or award. I’d love to help you share your story here on the blog, so leave a comment or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
We’ve long served the 4-H community, providing ribbons and awards to 4-H groups across the country. It’s a 90-year tradition here at Hodges–and a natural partnership, given our long history as an American manufacturer dedicated to serving organizations that work with dogs, horses, and various youth groups.
So, when 4-H recently strengthened its regulations on use of its name and logo, we immediately applied for approval to continue serving these long-time 4-H partners. We’re thrilled to announce that 4-H has provided us an official license to continue offering awards and ribbons bearing the 4-H name and emblem.
All you 4-H dog groups can order, as you have in the past, here. For more information on our 4-H license, click here.
We’re looking forward to continuing to work with our 4-H partners!