National 4-H Week and the Drishinski family legacy

25_zane_4437Conrad’s own clown ~ Zane Drishinski decked out in pink during the 2012 Whoop-Up Rodeo.



By Tirsea McNeal, I-O Reporter

Making a difference wearing green and white, or just making the commitment and being part of the 4-H Revolution of Responsibility is a lifelong commitment for some 4-H members.

Men and women are making positive changes in every community in America.

4-H youth have culture-changing revolution moments, breaking through obstacles and moving forward by choosing to make measurable differences.

Zane Drishinski has made that kind of commitment when he joined the local 4-H club in Conrad.

Drishinski joined 4-H when he was eight.  He remembered his first project was a dairy cow because his family owned a dairy.

Drishinski enjoyed 4-H, and says, “Being in 4-H was like having mini-vacations, we got to go to the fair, and see different people we didn’t always get to see.”

Drishinski was born in Conrad and went to school at CHS and graduated in 1985 before going to BYU-Idaho where he received his associate’s degree in Beef Production Management.

In 1993 he met his wife Julia and took over the family farm where he and his wife are raising two children, Drew age 17 and Gabriele age 15.

His rodeo clown story began in 2007.  Since then he has become the popular and famous clown we have seen at our yearly Whoop-Up rodeo.

Drishinski put his own two children in 4-H when they each reached eight.

Drew (17) has had projects in horse, and beef, and a few shooting sports which includes archery and air rifle.

Gabriele (15) has also had projects in horse, extensively.  Drishinski said, “She’s also had some beef projects, a few shooting sports and sheep and swine projects too.”

Both Drishinski children have held various leadership positions in their local Sandrockets 4-H club.

Spending money on 4-H projects hasn’t been a negative, as all their 4-H proceeds are directed toward their college funds.

Drinshinski says, “When they were smaller they didn’t get to do a whole lot with their projects, but as they got older, they’ve gotten to do most of the care and project themselves”

He says overall, he’d recommend anyone thinking about putting their kids in 4-H to do it.  “It’s well worth it.  It’s a lot of work, but the kids benefit and its good family time.”

Spending time as a rodeo clown while balancing the kids’ 4-H activities he said he’s grateful to all the people in the community who contribute and support the kids and the 4-H program.