No horse? No problem for Bethesda teen -- Gazette.Net


Not having her own horse hasn’t stopped one Bethesda girl from participating in 4-H equestrian programs.

This week, she’s at the Montgomery County Agricultural Fair, sharing her enthusiasm with other people who don’t have space for farm animals in their backyards.

Margaret Nowack, 15, said she has always liked horses. A family friend who participated in 4-H piqued her interest in joining the horse club.

Margaret now leases a horse from a friend in 4-H, which she said isn’t uncommon for the organization.

“Some of the people with a couple more horses will let you borrow or lease their horses,” Margaret said. “They always try to get you to be able to ride. It’s a lot of fun.”

She would like to have her own horse some day, she said, after she graduates from college. In the meantime, however, she can still participate in 4-H activities such as horse judging, competitions, horse club meetings and Horse Bowl, a quiz competition. Her younger sister, Hope Nowack, also has gotten involved in 4-H.

This week, Margaret is spending much of her time at the county fair. She is participating in competitions and horse shows, as well as spending some time in the barns talking to the public about horses. One of her favorite things about the fair is being able to share what she knows about horses with visitors, she said, as many of them don’t see farm animals very often.

“It’s just a lot of fun to be able to participate in the fair and show the animals to the public,” she said. “... When they ask questions, it’s nice to be able to answer and inform them.”

The fair runs through Saturday. See a schedule and admissions information at