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Around Our Town...Casper's Cool Kids

Ruth Uptain

07/01/2005 - "Ruth has always been a very loving, thoughtful daughter," says Tom Uptain, father of the 14-year-old. "We continue to look forward to and see great things from her."

An avid horseback rider and accomplished trainer, Ruth, whose mother, Gail Uptain, describes her as "self-motivated" and "a good student", taught herself most of what she knows about horses through veterinary books. Very impressive, since she has actually been able to treat her own horses when they were sick.

Ruth rides on the Casper Drill Team, is active in horse judging in 4H (where she recieved first place in the halter division for her age group) and volunteers for Reach for the Stars Riding Academy, a program to help disabled people learn how to ride and learn more about what they are capable of doing and becoming. "I feel I should use the skills God gave me to help the people who need it," she says. "I really enjoy being around the people involved in Reach for the Stars Riding Academy. They're really sweet, and they don't judge you. You don't feel like you have to live up to something. You can really be yourself."

Ruth has also cleaned up roads, picking up trash with fellow 4H members she participates in many church-related activities including Vacation Bible School, summer Bible camps and the Pilgrim Adventure Club.

Some of her other interests include basketball, chess, piano and hunting. In fact, on her first hunt at age twelve, she bagged a 4x4 mule deer.

She and her eight brothers and sisters are homeschooled. When asked what she thinks about being in a large family, Ruth says, "It's been good for me to be in a big family. It's taught me to share and get along with people."

Thanks for all you do, Ruth. You are making a difference in Casper.

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