Hold on to your horses. Buena Vista County 4-H will have a new equine team.
"This will be offered as a special club like the Shooting Sports Club or the Special Swine program," said Buena Vista County Youth Coordinator Tammi Green. "The kids will still be members of their primary clubs; this will just be an added bonus for those members who love horses."
Youth who aren't 4-H members currently can use this team as their primary club. Members do not need to own a horse to be part of the team.
The BV 4-H Equine Team's purpose is to provide a program for youth that will aid in the 4-H'er developing responsibility, moral judgment, leadership, and self-confidence. The team hopes to offer 4-H'ers the opportunity to improve their skills and knowledge of horses in a fun and exciting atmosphere and encourage good sportsmanship and fellowship in quality family-oriented activities.
"We will encourage parental participation and include willing parents in our events," noted Green.
Some of the areas we will focus on include:
Education - care and feeding, riding disciplines, health and diseases, responsibility and career choices.
Horse Shows - local fair and fun shows. The program would like to host monthly open horse shows with special 4-H classes), breed shows, and district and state 4-H shows.
Trail Rides and Events - Also on the agenda is to plan and participate in organized trail rides (parents and volunteers will be encouraged to attend). The team will go to professional trainer events and clinic. This year the team will go to the Parelli Clinic in Sioux City.
Drill Team - The program would like to create a drill team on horseback to perform at the fair and parades.
Horseless Activities - horse bowl, photography, art, essay, demonstration, public speaking, hippology, poetry, poster, clothes, accessories and crafts. These are all entries at the State 4-H Horse Jamboree.
The program is called a team because the members will work together, support, and help one another learn, show, and compete for Buena Vista County County 4-H clubs.
An informational meeting will be held Monday, Feb. 27 at 7 p.m. in the AEA building at 808 Oneida, Room 606.