The meeting was called to at 5:00pm by Gary Grubb, President of the Horse Committee.
People attending the meeting were: Steve Schafer (State 4-H Office, Livestock and Horse Specialist), Gary Grubb (Sweetwater County and President of Committee), Dusty Knox (Campbell County), Dale Knox (Campbell County), Warren Crawford (Carbon County 4-H Agent), Darla Marks (Teton County 4-H Agent), Troy Allee (Campbell County), Melissa Johnson (Park County 4-H Agent), Amber Wallingford (Washakie County 4-H Agent), Rindy West (Campbell County 4-H Agent), Barney Cosner (Converse County), Amanda Kaufmann (Johnson County), Linda Montgomery (Natrona County), Peggy Symonds (Crook County 4-H Agent), Karen Dirks (Crook County), Sandy Tholl (Natrona County), Genn Taucher (Natrona County), and Colleen Campbell (Natrona County 4-H Agent).
The minutes of the previous meeting (August 17, 2004---Douglas, Wyoming) were passed out for everyone to read and review. Dusty Knox made a motion to approve the minutes as presented. The motion was seconded by Rindy West. The motion passed.
Steve Schafer gave a brief report about the 2004 State 4-H Horse Camp. He indicated that it (like previous years) was a huge success as indicated by the comments on the evaluation forms. He also stated the 2005 Horse Camp Planning Meeting would be held tomorrow (Saturday, February 19th) and that tentative plans were to include a driving presentation and a roping program as part of the 2005 Camp.
Steve also reported the Sub-Committee of this group had worked very hard to successfully complete the revisions/edits to the Wyoming 4-H Horse Show Rulebook. Steve went on to say that the new version has been out for several months and he hoped that everyone had had a chance to review it. He concluded by stating that two copies had been provided to each office, copies are available from UW, and that copies are also available as a download (free of charge) from the Wyoming 4-H Website.
Steve reported that he had received information from the American Quarter Horse Association indicating that they might be willing to come and present educational programs pertaining to horses for the youth in Wyoming. He asked if anyone was aware of this opportunity and whether it was worth pursuing. Nobody indicated a knowledge of this program, but the group asked Steve to send in a reply and we would see where it lead.
The next item of business concerned the piloting of the proposed revisions of the Level 1 and Level 2 Horse Programs. The pilot sites are Teton County, Sweetwater County, Natrona County, Goshen County, and Campbell County. The consensus from these counties was that the new versions were more positively received by the youth and that the stress of “testing” was being relieved by these new versions of the Levels Program. So it would seem that the new versions are accomplishing their intended purposes.
The final item of business was the follow-up discussion from the August Meeting concerning the revision of the Horse Show Classes to include new action classes such as tie-down roping, break-away roping, team roping, team penning, cutting, stake race, goat tying, the additional of a couple of English Classes, and other similar events. There was great support for this philosophy, so a committee was assembled to assess which classes to add. The committee members were: Dusty Knox (Chair from Campbell County), Peggy Symonds (Crook County 4-H Agent), Dawn Sanchez (Unita County 4-H Agent), Dave Belus (Johnson County), Karen Dirks (Crook County), Troy Allee (Campbell County), Judy Purvis (Natrona County), and Ron Ostrom (Park County).
Peggy Symonds made a motion to adjourn the meeting. The motion was seconded by Karen Dirks. The motion passed and the meeting adjourned at 6:01pm.