Due to the absence of the president, the horse committee meeting was called to order at 5:05pm by Steve Schafer, 4-H/Youth Specialist for Livestock, Equine, Poultry, and Rabbit Educational Programs.
The agenda items included: approval of the minutes from the last meeting which was held in March, 2003 (due to the August, 2003 meeting being canceled), review of the evaluation for the 2003 State 4-H Horse Camp, dates for the 2004 Horse Camp, dates for the 2004 State 4-H Horse Judging Contest, award trips for the Horse Judging Contest, and the status of the revision of the Levels Program. Added agenda items were the recognition of and the awards for 4-H Club Members who passed Level 3 and Level 4.
A copy of the minutes of the March, 2003 meeting was passed out to everyone in attendance and they were approved.
The revision of the Levels Program is still going forward and it is almost complete. However, due to a serve illness and hospitalization, the implementation of the revised program (on a trial basis in five counties-----Goshen, Campbell, Natrona, Jackson, and Sweetwater) will be started until the next 4-H Club Year, which begins on Oct 1, 2004.
A copy of the evaluation for the 2003 State 4-H Horse Camp was provided to everyone at the meeting. The very favorable evaluation was acknowledged and the discussion about the 2004 Camp centered on keeping it the same type of positive experience that it has been in previous years.
The dates for the 2004 State 4-H Horse Camp were announced as being June 18-20, 2004 and, as usual, it will be held in Douglas, Wyoming at the State Fair Grounds.
The 2004 State 4-H Horse Judging Contest will be held in Riverton (location to be announced) and the dates are June 22-23, 2004. The actual contest will be on June 23 with the coaches meeting being on June 22. It was also explained that the award trip that was started in 2003 for the third place team will be continued for 2004.
Much discussion was held concerning the awards and recognition provided to 4-H Club Members who pass Level 3 and/or Level 4. It was noted that this discussion was a positive factor because this met that more and more youth, over the past couple of years, had passed Level 3 and/or Level 4. Laramie County is going to offer a special class or classes at their County Fair for 4-H Youth who have passed Level 3 and/or Level 4……..and this activity will serve as a possible milestone for future events of a similar nature.
Discussion about redesigning the belt buckles used as an award for passing Level 3 and/or Level 4 also took place. It was decided to use the present buckles until they are used up and then look at redesigning them.
(Note: since this meeting occurred, the stock of buckles has been evaluated and the count is down to fifteen…..so a group of horse leaders/parents are coming up with two to four designs for the Horse Committee to view and vote on at the next meeting, which will be held during the State Fair. Also, if anyone else would like to design a buckle, please feel free to do so and bring it to meeting to be held during the State Fair.)
The meeting was adjourned at 5:45 pm.