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10/23/2013 8:07:00 AM
Chino Valley's Barb Killian inducted into 4-H Hall of Fame
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Barb Killian
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A Chino Valley champion of youth is now a member of the Arizona 4-H Hall of Fame, nominated for her contributions to the Chino Valley Breakaway Latigos Club and Yavapai County 4-H organization.

Barb Killian received the honor during the Arizona 4-H Centennial event at the Maricopa Cultural Center in Maricopa on Oct. 12.

Arizona 4-H, along with the national organization, created the state's Hall of Fame in 2002, to recognize 4-H volunteers, Extension professionals, staff employees, donors and others who made a significant impact on Arizona 4-H at the local, state or national level, according to the 4-H Centennial website.

Killian has been a 4-H project leader for more than 20 years, serving as the Chino Valley Breakaway Latigos community club leader for multiple years. She has held offices at the county level, and has led horse, beef, sheep, and veterinary science projects. She also has been a livestock judging coach, taking a judging team to Louisville, Kentucky in 2001. Members of her horse club have competed at the Denver 4-H show and have gone on to be members and coaches of university equestrian teams.

Killian's nominator cited her willingness to serve anywhere she is needed, her creativity in helping to support and finance members' projects and motivate them to succeed, and her tireless support in offering her knowledge to 4-H members. She has helped provide scholarships and has supported higher education for the young people in 4-H. Along with her husband and daughter, veterinarian Drs. Miles Killian and Dr. Raenell Killian, she has provided many learning opportunities for 4-H members through the family's veterinary clinic.

"It isn't unusual for her to start calling around to members to come to her farm to watch or participate in an interesting procedure at a moment's notice. She is willing to come and help the kids through any medical situations with their animals. She has a degree in animal nutrition and shares that knowledge freely with all," her nominator said. "Barbara Killian's 20 years of service to Yavapai County 4-H has been valuable and exemplary."

Other inductees during the Oct. 12 ceremony were Angela Teskey of the Lonesome Valley Wranglers 4-H Club in the Highway 69 Corridor, Lindsey Kesterson of the Prescott Roughriders 4-H Club and Andy Groseta, a Cottonwood rancher and longtime supporter of 4-H.

For more information on the Chino Valley Breakaway Latigos 4-H Club, visit

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Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Article comment by: Mark Moore

They stopped making folks like her years ago, congratulations Barbara. Thank you just doesn't seem like enough, but thank you.

Posted: Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Article comment by: Crystal Killian

Good job MOM!

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