Due to Gary Grubb, Horse Committee President, serving as one of the superintendents of the Wyoming State Fair Youth Horse Show…the meeting was called to order at 7:02pm by Steve Schafer, 4-H/Youth Livestock & Equine Specialist.
Counties attending this meeting were: Albany, Campbell, Carbon, Converse, Crook, Johnson, Laramie, Lincoln, Natrona, Sheridan, and Sweetwater. Glen Whipple (UWCES Director) and Steve Schafer (UWCES State 4-H Office) also attended the meeting. The attendance total was 23.
The minutes of the previous meeting (February 2, 2006---Casper, Wyoming) were passed out for everyone to read and review. (It was also noted that the minutes, as requested at the last Horse Committee Meeting, were posted on the Wyoming 4-H Website....Wyoming4h.org is the address of the website.) Lois Bass, Sheridan County, made the motion to approve the minutes and it was seconded by Troy Allee of Campbell County. The minutes were approved as presented.
An update on the request to use Senior (14 yrs old and up) 4-H Club Members as Horse Level Raters was presented by Steve Schafer. He explained that the request had been honored and would be implemented with the new 4-H Club Year, which starts on October 1, 2006. The guidelines will be similar to Horse Raters certifying new Horse Raters, meaning that the Senior 4-H Club Members can rate 4-H Club Members up to one Level below the Senior Club Members rating…..ie, if a Senior Member is a Level 2, they can rate Club Members only in Level 1; however, if a Senior Member is a Level 3, they can rate a Club Member in Level 1 and in Level 2. Other rater guidelines will also apply, such as not rating family members and so on.
A discussion concerning the addition of “action events” took place. Everyone at the meeting agreed that this was a much needed improvement to the Wyoming 4-H Horse Program. To date, two revisions of the Wyoming Horse Show Rulebook (with the inclusion of action events) have been sent to each County 4-H Office and to many Wyoming 4-H Horse Program Supporters. Steve indicated that he appreciated all of the time that everyone had devoted to this effort, but he also indicated that it was now a virtual impossibility of having it ready for the new Club Year (October 1, 2006)….and wondered if it would not be better to take the advice from this meeting and the input coming in from the second revision, and compile all of this into a third revision that could be sent out for review and then re-target our publication date to December 1, 2006 without very many problems for the county programs. The group agreed that it would be better to take the extra time to end up with a better product rather than hurry through and end up with something that was not productive or usable.
Based on this, Steve asked everyone to return from the fair and catch their breath…and then send in their suggestions and ideas to him by September 1, 2006. He would then compile everything into a third revision by September 15th…..and get it back to everyone with a request to have this input back to him by October 1. This will then give the Communications Department to edit and publish the book, which should be a realistic expectation.
A discussion was also undertaken concerning the requirements of fairs to use these classes. It was explained that the county fairs may or may not use whatever classes they desire to utilize….and that the Wyoming State Fair would not change until at least 2008. This was due to arena availability, scheduling conflicts with other shows, and the time availability. However, when events are added to the Wyoming State Fair….the qualifying process will be the same for those events as for any other event. The Campbell County Fair brought forth this discussion because they had concerns about the addition of classes for their fair, but their concerns were alleviated due to the parameters outlined in this discussion and they ended up thinking this was a very workable situation that would benefit the youth and their fair.
David Robinson, Campbell County, asked about allowing 2 entries from each county per event. After it was revealed that starting with the 2007 Wyoming State Fair, all of the Performance Events will have three age categories (Junior, 8-10 yrs old; Intermediate, 11-13 yrs old; and Senior 14 yrs and up)….that seemed to take care of the issue of allowing more youth to qualify for the Wyoming State Fair. However, Steve said that he would try to find out who made (makes) the decision about how many could participate. (Since the meeting, Steve did find out this information….due to the fact that the Wyoming State Fair Youth Horse Show is a Junior Show, not a 4-H Show, it is a Wyoming State Fair decision.)
Milt Green, Natrona County Extension Educator, indicated that he and Steve Schafer were seeking to conduct a research study concerning the economic benefits of the horses to Wyoming. As a result, he was seeking input concerning the re-establishment of the Wyoming Horse Council. The group agreed that this was probably a good idea.
Kris Mitchell, Converse County, asked about horse training opportunities for 4-H Youth to participate in. Many people at the meeting offered many suggestions.
Due to the Miniature Horses that were exhibited at the 2006 Wyoming State Fair Horse Show, Steve asked if this group would support the addition of a Miniature Horse Halter Class at the 2007 Show. Kathy Woods, Sheridan County, made the motion to add a Miniature Horse Halter Class at the 2007 Wyoming State Fair Junior Horse Show. The motion was second by Lois Bass, and the motion unanimously passed.
Gary Grubb, Committee President, stated that he thought it should be a requirement for Level Raters to pass the riding portion of the Levels Exams as well as the written part of the Levels Exams. Discussion was conducted, but no motion was made on this matter.
Just as an FYI, the status of George Howard, UW Rodeo Coach & 4-H Horse Levels Coordinator, was given to everyone. He smashed and broke his foot on a skid loader, and as of this date (which was about two weeks after the accident) his foot is still too swollen to be put in a cast. Much sympathy was expressed to/for George.
Gary Grubb asked if there was any other business, and hearing none he asked for a motion to adjourn the meeting. Lauire Kluz, Campbell County, made the motion to adjourn the meeting and it was seconded by Lorraine Howieson of Carbon County. The motion unanimously passed, and the meeting was adjourned at 8:16pm.
Respectfully submitted by Steve Schafer