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Wyoming 4-H/Youth Development Program

Cooperative Extension Service

State 4-H Horse Development Committee - August 14, 2007

Douglas, WY

Present:  Rick Woods (Sheridan), Kathy Woods (Sheridan), Stephanie Stimpson (Sheridan), Lorraine Howieson (Carbon), Gary Grubb, George Howard, Milt Green, Tricia Tatman, Warren Crawford, Lindsey Moniz, and Johnathan Despain.

Gary called the meeting to order at 7:10 pm.

Gary noted the loss of Dr. Steve Schafer who moved to Nevada to pursue a different position. Discussion ensued about the need for counties to be more accurate and conscientious with their entries to State Fair.  They show up on the call sheets and cause issues for show management when they are not accurate.  It was noted the differences of some traditional numbers of classes changing as well as with counties entering more than one in showmanship classes.

It was noted that with the loss of Dr. Schafer the horse project will struggle.  Concerns about leadership roles and continuity for moving forward.  Discussion ensued about need to involve more volunteers and youth from counties to move forward.  Gary noted that he was willing to step down from being the chair if it helped the group. 

Johnathan mentioned the shortfall that exists in Animal Science Dept. as it related to equine sciences.  When asked how 4-H will move forward for having expertise in the horse area, he noted the ongoing reliance on the Animal Science Dept. for expertise in all animal related areas for 4-H.  There may be more of a dependence on George for questions as he is only one left on campus with equine expertise.  Within Extension, there are employees that have a personal interest in equine science.  Johnathan also noted the need to have more volunteers involved in committees to accomplish the 4-H program’s efforts. 

Discussion was had about changes (action events) in the 4-H horse project related to events offered at counties versus at the Wyoming State Fair.  Johnathan noted that the desires of the committee have been shared with the previous State Fair director and the advisory board, but costs and management issues continue to be an issue.  Gary requested that Johnathan ask if he and George might come to the State Fair Advisory Board meeting to share their thoughts and opinions as Superintendents.  Johnathan said he would contact State Fair to see if they could get on the agenda.

Milt shared with the group an update on attempts to establish a state horse council.  There is an organizational meeting on Friday, August 17th, at 4:00 pm in the Pioneer Museum for anyone interested.  He noted the intent of the council is to address public issues such as health, slaughter, and the industry as a whole, related to equine and have a way for direction for the state.

Kathy noted the need for donors for the existing awards given at the Wyoming State Fair.  Discussion ensued about the difference between donating to the 4-H program and to the Wyoming State Fair for awards.   Johnathan noted that their will be an attempt from the State Fair Office to have a link online for the public to see which awards need donors.

There was discussion about the need for general education on basic equine information within the 4-H program.  Milt noted that the demographics of youth owners and the changes in riding experiences that are possessed by such youth is changed dramatically and created a need for the basic horsemanship education.

Discussion occurred about how the group can communicate the needs of equine education to Extension and College administrators.  Johnathan noted that such communication would be best if sent to Dr. Glen Whipple via email or a letter and that it indicated what the desires of the group might be.  Gary agreed to have emails go to him and he would draft something to send to Dr. Whipple.

Meeting Adjourned at 8:00 pm.

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