The meeting was called to at 6:35pm by Gary Grubb, President of the Horse Committee.
Groups represented at the meeting were: State 4-H Office, Carbon County, Teton County, Sheridan County, Uinta County, Lincoln County, Goshen County, Fremont County, and Sweetwater County.
The minutes of the previous meeting (February 18, 2005---Sundance, Wyoming) were passed out for everyone to read and review. Wayne Tatman (Goshen County) made a motion to approve the minutes as presented. The motion was seconded by Lorraine Howieson (Carbon County). The motion passed.
Dawn Sanchez and Doreen Christiansen (both of Uinta County) provided a presentation on how the Ranch Horse Program functioned in their county. The program is based on the skill level of each participant rather than the age of the participant. This program was presented in support of the efforts of the Horse Committee to add “action events” to the Wyoming 4-H Horse Program. The Ranch Horse Program includes many “action events” such as Cattle Holding/Boxing, Working Cow Horse (basic pattern), Roping (with a dummy), and a Trail Class. The participants in the program progress via a Merit Reward System. It was agreed upon by the Horse Committee that this was something that should be looked at for the upcoming year. It was decided that Steve Schafer would contact a few counties to see who might be interested in pilot testing this program. It was also indicated by the Horse Committee that they would like to have Dawn, Doreen, Steve, and Gary Grubb and/or George Howard attend the introductory meeting of this program for the counties who pilot test….and, as a result, it was felt by the Horse Committee that funding be provided for Dawn and Doreen to attend an introductory meeting and present and over-view of the program. In order to facilitate this, a motion was made by Kathy Woods (Sheridan County) to provide funding for Dawn and Doreen to participate in the introductory program for each county. The motion was seconded by Darla Marks (Teton County). The motion passed.
Steve Schafer gave a brief report about the 2005 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 (a copy of which was available for all who attended this meeting). He pointed out that many of the 2005 Horse Camp Attendees greatly appreciated the addition of roping….and that a good number of the attendees indicated that they like the driving demonstration----both of which seem to provide validity to the concept of adding some “action events” to the Wyoming 4-H Horse Program.
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. (Johnson County had also obtained a copy of the revisions and had utilized them….and, as a result, had many positive comments about the proposed changes to the Levels Program). 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. However, there was also some concerned raised over the depth of understanding being achieved by some of the youth, especially those who are less outgoing and/or less aggressive.
Steve Schafer noted that the Belt Buckle Awards for successful completion of Level 3 and Level 4 were almost gone. Therefore, this was a good time to re-design the buckles or come up with a new type of award. Steve said that he had seen Olympic-Style Medals used rather than the certificates and that the youth really seemed to like the medals. It was agreed that the medals were a good idea and that anybody who wished….could design a new buckle, and that these new deigns would be evaluated at the next Horse Committee Meeting----which will be held during the State Leader Meeting in Casper (February 3-5, 2006).
It was also noted that the 2006 State 4-H Horse Judging Contest will be held the end of June in Rock Springs.
Lois Bass (Sheridan County) made a motion to adjourn the meeting. The motion was seconded by Laurie Peternal (Lincoln County). The motion passed and the meeting adjourned at 7:50pm.