The meeting was held in the Wyoming State Fair Conference Room and it was called to order at 6:15pm by Gary Grubb, president of the Horse Committee.
People attending the meeting were: Gary Grubb (Sweetwater County), Steve Schafer (UW Youth Specialist-Livestock and Equine Programs), Lois Bass (Sheridan County), Rick Woods (Sheridan County), Kathy Woods (Sheridan County), Lise Foy (4-H Program Associate for Sheridan County), Sarah Stoltenberg (4-H Program Associate for Converse County), Rena Valentine (Converse County), Milt Green (UWCES Educator for Wind River Reservation), Dusty Knox (Campbell County), Trinni Jensen (Sublette County), Isabel Beldon (Hot Springs County), Bruce Richardson (4-H Program Associate for Hot Springs County), Kari Bousman (4-H Program Associate for Sublette County), Colleen Campbell (4-H Program Associate for Natrona County), Linda Montgomery (Natrona County), Beth Mikesell (Uinta County), George Howard (UW Rodeo Coach & 4-H Horse Levels Program Coordinator), Ron Kaufman (4-H Program Associate for Goshen County), Lorraine Howeinson (Carbon County), and Bev Boden (4-H Program Associate for Johnson County).
The agenda items included: approval of the minutes from the last meeting which was held in Laramie, Wyoming in March of 2004, an update of the revision status for the Horse Show Rule Book, an update of the revision status for the Horse Levels Program, possible solutions to the problem of older boys dropping out of the 4-H Horse Program, and possible solutions to the identification problem related to the Any Other Recognized Breed class.
Steve Schafer reported that the revisions for the Horse Show Rule Book had been reviewed by the Horse Committee at the August, 2003 Meeting and at the March, 2004 Meeting. He further stated the Ag Communications Department had completed the first round of editing and that these edits had been reviewed by him….and that the book had been returned to Ag Communications for the second round of editing. According to the Department of Ag Communications the new Horse Show Rule Book is suppose to be ready for use by the beginning of the new 4-H Club Year (October 1, 2004).
Steve also reported that the pilot testing for the new Horse Levels (Level 1 & Level 2) will begin with the new 4-H Club Year. The pilot testing will take place in five counties scattered across Wyoming…..Teton County in the Northwest, Sweetwater County in the Southwest, Natrona County in Central Wyoming, Goshen County in the Southeast, and Campbell County in the Northeast. The purpose of the pilot testing is to see if the goal of this new orientation is accomplish (make Level 1 and Level 2 more “fun and interesting” for the youth by removing the “testing fear” that many youth have). After the 2004-2005 4-H Club Year, the input received from the pilot counties will determine the success or failure of this new concept….and therefore, the future direction of the Levels Program.
Discussion concerning the lack of participation on the part of older boys in the 4-H Horse Program centered on making the Horse Program more “fun, interesting, and exciting” for these Club Members. It was thought by adding classes such as cutting, break-away roping, tie-down roping, team roping, team penning, and stake race….maybe the speed and excitement of these classes would cause these youth to stay in the program so that they could participate in these events. It was also pointed out that maybe lowering the age requirement for working cow horse would or could cause an increase in the interest of these youth. Steve suggested (and everyone agreed) that everyone should return to their respective counties and seek input from those who were not in attendance at this meeting….and then bring all of these thoughts to our next meeting, which will be held in conjunction with the State 4-H Leaders Conference (sometime in early 2005).
Milt Green, Gary Grubb, and George Howard brought forth a discussion about classifying horses for the Any Other Recognized Breed class. The impetus for the discussion was the large influx of Mustangs. After much discussion and a couple of failed attempts to get a positive and productive motion on the floor, it was finally decided to see if Mustangs could be included in the 2005 State Fair Premium Book as a breed. Also a motion was made by Linda Montgomery that it be “Highly suggested for Horse IDs to be more closely checked and verified to make sure that the stated breed actually matches the actual characteristics of the horse.” The motion was seconded by Rena Valentine and it passed by a vote of 6-yes and 5-no. The intended purpose of this motion is simply to avoid the problems that occurred this year….a horse was identified on its Horse ID Form as a Quarter Horse, but it was shown in the Any Other Recognized Breed class….which resulted in a protest that continued from the County Fair to the State Fair.
A request for any other business netted no responses……and as a result, Lise Foy made a motion to adjourn the meeting. The motion was seconded by Lois Bass and the motion passed. The meeting was adjourned at 7:05pm.