Linda and Joe Pribek of Kewaunee have been named to the 2020 Wisconsin 4-H Hall of Fame for their four decades of work with the Wisconsin 4-H Horse Association.

Wisconsin 4-H Youth Development on Monday (Oct. 5) announced the 2020 Hall of Fame Laureates. The Pribeks were among nine volunteers, supporters, and staff recognized for their impact on Wisconsin 4-H.

“As I read the biographies of these laureates, I was amazed at all they have each accomplished and feel sincere gratitude for their tireless championing of 4-H,” said Dondieneita Fleary-Simmons, Wisconsin 4-H program manager. “It is an honor to recognize these laureates for their leadership and contribution to 4-H in Wisconsin. My commitment to these individuals is to uphold their legacy by continuing the great work that they started so many years ago, the work of developing civically engaged leaders, and creating opportunities-4-all youth to belong to and thrive in this life-changing organization.”

The Wisconsin 4-H Hall of Fame was established to recognize 4-H volunteers, financial supporters, staff and pioneers who made major contributions to the 4-H movement at the local, state and national levels. The candidates represent 4-H in the broadest sense – people who had an impact on the lives of children, their community or state through significant contributions of time, energy or financial resources to 4-H and its members.

The recognition for the Pribeks reads as follows:

Kewaunee County 4-H Leaders since 1980, Linda and Joe Pribek are synonymous with the Wisconsin 4H Horse Project. Each served as a State 4-H Horse Association Director and Officer during the early development of the program and continued to give key leadership throughout its growth and success. Linda is the Executive Secretary since 1997, handling responsibilities that helped the Wisconsin 4-H Horse Expo grow to almost 1000 youth participants at its peak.

The Pribeks have been integral in the development of statewide events and multiple educational events. They were part of Area Animal Science Days for 25 years serving as officials and instructors for the multi-county youth audiences. They coached youth in educational activities including Hippology, Horse Bowl, Judging and Public Speaking. They have assisted with the Regional and National 4-H Competitive Horse Events and are positive role models as Fair Judges and when training new judges. In 2000, Pribeks founded the 4-H Used Tack Sale and thousands of dollars have been raised to support educational events for the 4-H Horse program.

In over 40 years, Linda and Joe helped many volunteers and parents realize the 4-H Horse program is about youth first and horses second. This is where the Pribeks have truly made a difference.

Other 2020 honorees are Kay Hobler, retired 4-H Youth Development outreach specialist; Sherry Helmer, Dodge County 4-H leader; Dorothy Harms, Sauk County 4-H leader; Bob Hagenow, 4-H dairy volunteer leader; Judy Lewis, Sauk County Extension 4-H secretary and volunteer leader, in memoriam; Dr. Duane “Dewey” Wachholz, retired Extension livestock specialist; and Kathy Geraets, Pierce County 4-H volunteer.