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April 17, 2023

036. Industry Insider with Cyndy Hetzell

036. Industry Insider with Cyndy Hetzell
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In this episode of On The Rail Podcast, we sat down with Cyndy Hetzell, who has been involved in 4-H and youth clubs for over 35 years. We explored Cyndy's journey assisting youth in the equine industry, particularly those involved in breed shows and 4-H. She not only shared her experiences but also offered invaluable insights on how to blend kids from a 4-H background with those in the breed show world.


Cyndy also took us through the origins of the Garden State Paint Horse Youth Club that she started. The club was once again named APHA's 2022 Youth Club of the Year, which is a testament to the hard work and dedication of everyone involved. She walked us through the events and fundraisers they organized, making their club an affordable and fun place to come and show. Cyndy's innovative ideas contributed significantly to the club's success.


During the conversation, we also touched on the topic of declining youth participation in the industry, and Cyndy shared her personal vies on the matter. We discussed ways to improve and help youth participation in the industry, and Cyndy shared her thoughts on how we can work towards this goal.


Overall, this episode is a must-listen for anyone passionate about supporting the youth in the equine industry and learning from someone with vast experience and knowledge. Listeners will gain valuable insights and inspiration from Cyndy's journey and expertise.


Be sure to share this episode if you found it insightful! We can continue our industry conversations because of our listeners and hope to keep this flow of conversation going!

Cyndy Hetzell

GSPHYC Advisor

Attended University of Maine majored in Animal Science
worked as AI technician. and genetic mating tech for American Breeders Service and Landmark Genetics
work as 4-H animal science program coordinator. For Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Cumberland County
4 children Noah, Nash Nalyn and Nikayla 4 grandchildren Gaige, Mia, Sawyer and Savannah
raise Paint horses, custom beef, pork and poultry with husband Nelson
Garden State Paint Horse Youth Club Advisor
GSPHC Vice President