Carson Zacharias

Carson Zacharias

Kenneth and Clarice Benson Memorial
Scholarship and Helmut and Bob
Bruner Memorial Scholarship

Carson is the son of Josh and Shaya Zacharias of Gill, CO. He is a 10-year member Wyatt 4-H Club and in involved in horse judging. He also participated in market goats, lambs and chickens, archery, woodworking, and dogs. He is a Senior at Eaton High School and is in FFA, horse judging and student ambassador Link Leader.

He is planning to attend CSU in Ft Collins studying to be a large animal vet and specialize in equine surgery, specifically in the sports medicine field. Carson doesn’t remember the first time he said he wanted to be a vet, but assumed it was because he wanted to be like his dad, and although he did idolize his dad because he was a good person, that wasn’t the real reason. He wanted to be a vet because he developed a passion for it and felt it was his calling. In middle school, he was able to sit in on quite a few surgeries, watch a few mares give birth, and be around horses even more than before. Carson’s family was able to move to an acreage outside of Eaton, Colorado.

Carson started 4-H after some encouragement from a family friend. He helped me get started in 4-H in showing goats, chickens, dogs, and his dad helped him do archery and woodworking. When he started, he didn’t know a lot about showing livestock, and learned a ton about desirable features in animals. After the first few years of doing 4-H, he decided to stop showing dogs and competing in archery, mainly to make time to start showing horses. Carson started showing horses on a gelding named Chip, which ended up being onery and they sold him. He came back the next year riding a horse named Colonel, who he showed in western and ranch horse divisions. His freshman year, he bought a reining mare named Spyder, who he rode in western division, and continued to ride Colonel in the ranch division. After Colonel started showing lameness, he showed Spyder in the ranch division. He also showed his dad’s broodmare in the green horse division and worked on training her. By the time Carson got into high school, he was eligible to run for an officer position in his club. His first year he was president of my 4-H club, he ran meetings and helped organize fundraisers. His second year he was vice-president, took notes on the meetings, and helped assist the president in their duties. His junior year he was president once again and ran meetings and helped organize the Mardi Gras booth, and their food drive. This year he decided to not to run for an officer position because he would not be attending meetings in the fall and that would leave his club short an officer. Through his time being an officer, Carson learned how to mediate arguments, run a meeting, and develop his public speaking skills. Also, during his 4-H career, he was a part of horse judging and horse bowl. His horse bowl team was very successful in their competitions, taking reserve at state. Carson’s horse judging team is doing well, this year is his second year doing it, and is excited to get started. His club held a canned food drive every year and also volunteered at the Weld County Food Bank.   These activities brought him to understand the importance of serving his community and displaying good values of citizenship. 4-H has been a foundational piece to his development as a person and has been part of my inspiration to go on to college. Carson has learned to be a good citizen, a good leader, and a good person from 4-H, while also learning some life skills in the process.

Carson is the recipient of the Kenneth and Clarice Benson Memorial Scholarship and the Helmut and Bob Bruner Memorial Scholarship.