A Christmas Ornament Collaboration

8 year-old Ashlyn Ibach pounds away at a horseshoe turning it into a candy cane Christmas tree ornament for the Capitol Christmas Tree.

Up for the challenge, members of the Heart of the Horse 4-H Club teamed up with the Sheridan College Welding Class on Saturday to make ornaments for this year’s U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree which is coming from Wyoming's forest.

The tree, an Englemann spruce, cut from the Bridger-Teton National Forest, will need 5000 ornaments and so far, only about 1000 ornaments have been turned in prompting the Forest Service to send out a plea for more Christmas decorations.

Recycling used horseshoes and twisting them into candy cane creations, the college and 4-H’ers collaborated on the unique design.  4-H leader Brenda Caiola describes the project.

Carl Schiner teaches welding at the college and was pretty impressed at how the kids handled their hammers.

Ornaments are supposed to follow this year’s theme, “Forever West” and must be large, at least 9-12 inches, so they’re visible from a distance.