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Former County Big River Rider rides in Rose parade

Star Staff Report
The Star

Specialist Calvin Cuchens joined the U S Army three-and-a-half years ago.

Calvin is the son of Chaplain Anthony and Emily Cuchens, former Wewahitchka residents from 2006-2009, where Calvin was a member of the Gulf County Big River Riders 4-H Horse Club for two years.

Chaplin Anthony was pastor of the Honeyville United Methodist Church during the three years before enlisting in the U S Army as Chaplin. His father, Chaplin Anthony had the honor to reside for Calvin’s re-enlistment into the Army in October 2019.

Calvin’s unit in the U S Army is the 1st Cavalry Division Horse Cavalry Detachment (HCD) in Fort Hood, Texas. He has been at the Horse Attachment one year as of this month and is number four in the Demonstration Team. The Unit was invited to participate in The Rose Bowl Parade Jan. 1.

Calvin always had a special love and awesome horsemanship skills when he lived in Wewahitchka and was a 4-H member in Gulf County Big River Riders 4-H Horse Club.

The Gulf County Extension/4-H, congratulates Calvin for his accomplishments and his future as a U S Army Trooper with the 1st Cavalry Division Horse Cavalry Detachment (HCD) in Fort Hood, Texas; and the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to participate in the Rose Bowl Parade on an awesome HCD horse.

“Always proud of our Gulf County 4-H-ers and their accomplishments,” said Jean McMillian, a volunteer with the Big River Riders.

4-H is a youth development program open to all youth ages 5-18 as of Sept. 1, 2019. Cloverbuds, ages 5-7, may participate in 4-H meetings and activities, but are not allowed to compete in shows with large animals until they are age 8 as of Sept. 1 of the current year.

The 4-H clubs are greatly assisted by adult volunteers. If you are interested in participating as an adult volunteer or involving your child in the 4-H programs, please contact Gulf County Extension at 639-3200.