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Washington 4-H Results from the Arabian Horse
Youth Association’s National Virtual Hippology Contest

CONGRATULATIONS to the many 4-H members representing Washington State 4-H at the Arabian Horse Youth Association National Virtual Hippology Contest on November 7th, and a note of appreciation to their Coaches.

Snohomish County 4-H Team members were Hannah Kruchek, Tristan Krohn, Amelia Kim and Elaina Kunz, with Coach Rianan Livingston.

Thurston County 4-H Team members were Baeya Kardokus, Charlotte Pestinger, Katie Pestinger, Stella Harris, with Coach Molly Pestinger.

A Half Arabian Club of Washington Team also participated, comprised of Snohomish County 4-H Members Cosette Parker, Lily Nebeker, Mackenzie Ziegler and Savannah Schmidt, with Coach R-A Mazzola.

Written Test Phase – Individual Placings

1st – Hannah Kruchek – Washington State 4-H Snohomish County
2nd – Lily Nebeker – Half Arabian Club of Washington
5th – Cosette Parker – Half Arabian Club of Washington

Written Test Phase – Team placings

1st – Half Arabian Club of Washington
3rd – Washington State 4-H Snohomish County
8th – Washington State 4-H Thurston County

Stations Phase – Individual Placings

4th – Hannah Kruchek – Washington State 4-H Snohomish County
7th – Eliana Kunz – Washington State 4-H Snohomish County

Stations Phase – Team Placings

3rd – Washington State 4-H Snohomish County
4th – Half Arabian Club of Washington

Judging Phase – Individual Placings

1st – Lily Nebeker – Half Arabian Club of Washington
2nd – Katie Pestinger – Washington State 4-H Thurston County
8th – Baeya Kardokus – Washington State 4-H Thurston County

Judging Phase – Team Placings

3rd – Washington State 4-H Thurston County
5th – Half Arabian Club of Washington

Team Problem Solving Phase Placings

1st – Washington State 4-H Snohomish County
3rd – Half Arabian Club of Washington
7th – Washington State 4-H Thurston County

Overall High Individual Placings

3rd – Hannah Kruchek with Washington State 4H Snohomish County
4th – Lily Nebeker with Half Arabian Club of Washington
8th – Cosette Parker with Half Arabian Club of Washington

Overall High Team Placings

2nd – Washington State 4-H Snohomish County
3rd – Half Arabian Club of Washington
7th – Washington State 4-H Thurston County

4-Hers Participate Virtually in the 2020 Washington State Junior Horse Show

The 2020 Washington State Junior Horse Show transitioned to a virtual format this past year using the FairEntry platform, and added a 4-H Virtual Showcase to their show.  4-H is about lifelong learning, so when it comes to changing to a virtual format; everyone has been learning new life skills, working on flexibility, and honing creative problem-solving abilities.

The seventy show entries from eighteen exhibitors included riding videos and a variety of wonderful still life entries, including painting, origami, baskets made from recycled Capri-Sun packages, LEGO cars, knitted shawls, and clever promotional posters. What inventive minds our 4-H youths possess!

Kitsap, Klickitat, and Yakima Counties participated in this year’s horse show.

Non-horse and still life entries included Public Presentations, Promotional Posters, Photography, Expressive Arts, and Family and Consumer Science – Food and Nutrition.

Horse entries via video included Dressage – Training Level 3, Fitting and Showing, Hunt Seat Equitation, Stock Seat Equitation, and Bareback Equitation.

The Yakima County Horse Council President and Show Co-Chair, Kim Lansing, would like to thank everyone who participated in the Washington State Junior Horse Show virtual event. Yakima County 4-H would also like to thank the participants, their families, our judges, and all the staff, parents, and 4-H volunteers who helped with the virtual horse show and showcase process.  Special thanks to Kim Lansing, who volunteered to lead this gargantuan task. Thanks to all for participating!

Thanks for Participating – first ever Virtual Horse Bowl Fun Event!

Congratulations to the following youth who participated in the first-ever Virtual Horse Bowl Fun Event held this past weekend on Saturday and Sunday evening.

Eve Burns – Cloverbud – Grant County

Ruth Rausch – Intermediate – King County

Katelin Vance – Junior – Thurston County

The 4-H members not only did a great job in answering questions related to horse science and horsemanship, but they handled the technology of using two platforms….Factile to be able to “buzz in” and also Zoom to be physically present.

A big thank you also goes to Kim Baker, 4-H Program Coordinator in Snohomish County, as the moderator, and two key 4-H volunteers from Snohomish County, RA Mazzola and  Erika Kapur, who also helped with both Factile and Zoom.

This event provided another great example of opportunities available to our 4-H members and leaders, opening up more avenues for state-wide participation, by using a “team approach.”

Jennifer Leach, Associate Professor
WSU Extension Faculty and State 4-H Equine Specialist

2020 4-H Volunteer Recognition Event Honors Our 4-H Community!

The Washington State 4-H Youth Development Program is proud to honor the following members of our 4-H Community who were recognized during the Celebrating Volunteer Resiliency Presentation this past Saturday Evening:

4-H Alumni Award

 Jon Gabelein (Island County)

Melissa Beard (Thurston County)

4-H Volunteer Staff Award

Brittany Briggs (Kittitas County)

Friend of 4-H


Salute to Excellence – Volunteer Lifetime Achievement Award

Mike Woodward (Klickitat County)

4-H Hall of Fame Inductees – Class of 2020

Sue Sanderlin Berry, Snohomish County

Candi Burke, Snohomish County

Leota Hallyburton, Benton County

To hear their stories and view other parts of the presentation, including County Volunteer Leaders of the Year, a recording is now available on YouTube at

Contribute to 4-H in Recognition of Linda Bailey’s Retirement!

Linda Bailey is retiring from CAHNRS Alumni & Development, and the 4-H Foundation would like to honor her time at WSU and 4-H!

To celebrate Linda and her service to WSU, the Foundation is encouraging contributions to the Asotin County 4-H Endowment, Inspired by the Spooner Family. The fund was established by Linda Bailey (formerly Spooner) and the rest of the Spooner family in support of 4-H Youth Development. Linda and her family have fond memories of their time at the fair in Asotin County while participating in 4-H events and activities. They are very proud of the impact 4-H has on its local families and community, and they would like to see 4-H continue to grow as a positive role model in the lives of underserved youth and families.

Please join the 4-H Foundation in honoring Linda’s time at WSU and help celebrate her retirement by clicking the link below and making a gift to Linda’s endowment.

You may also select another 4-H fund to support in Linda’s honor by clicking the drop-down menu.

Mayyadah Zagelow Selected for
National 4-H Award and Scholarship!

Mayyadah Zagelow receives $5,000 scholarship and will serve as 4-H’s national youth spokesperson for Healthy Living

Chevy Chase, MD (October 5, 2020) – In celebration of National 4-H Week, National 4-H Council today announced that Mayyadah Zagelow, 18, of Seattle, Wash., is the winner of the 2021 4-H Youth in Action Pillar Award for Healthy Living. Zagelow will be recognized nationally for her commitment to provide equitable and inclusive opportunities for all young people. The 4-H Youth in Action Awards began in 2010 to recognize 4-H’ers who have used the knowledge they gained in 4-H to create a lasting impact in their communities.

Zagelow, a Washington State University Extension 4-H’er, is passionate about ensuring all young people have a place to belong: a place where youth feel not only accepted, but also valued and intentionally included. That’s why she launched the Washington State 4-H Teen Equity & Inclusion Task Force. The taskforce is designed to educate teens and adults alike about gender identities, expression, orientation and biological sex, as well as the challenges facing the LGBTQ+ community. Thus far, approximately 1,050 people have been engaged in her equity work, including youth, adults, and task force members.

In addition to outreach opportunities through workshops and grassroots efforts, Zagelow is also working to foster a safe community within the taskforce for teens to feel comfortable discussing their mental health and the unique challenges each person faces.

“So many health effects relate to belonging that we don’t think about,” Zagelow said. “When kids don’t have a support system of peers and adults, that sometimes leads to using things like drugs to cope. It’s so important to not only have the support of our peers, but to also have supportive adults who care about you and recognize you for your identity. My 4-H leaders have done that really well.”

Zagelow knows first-hand the difficulty of struggling with mental health. From a young age, she struggled with anxiety and selective mutism. Combined with bullying at school by those she once considered friends, Zagelow felt isolated and betrayed. When she joined 4-H, her journey to overcoming anxiety began. Through 4-H, she learned to turn difficult experiences into empowering opportunities as she learned to speak up and speak out for herself and for others who feel voiceless. Now a seasoned public speaker, Zagelow has addressed more than 1000 people to advocate for equitable experiences for all.

Zagelow will receive a $5,000 scholarship for higher education and will serve as an advocate and spokesperson for 4-H Healthy Living programming. She is joined by three other 2021 Youth in Action Pillar Winners, Madelyn Zimmerman of Indiana (Agriculture), Elizabeth Weidner of Illinois (Civic Engagement) and Aidan Spencer of Oklahoma (STEM).

To learn more about 4-H Youth in Action and to view the other pillar winners from around the country, please visit:

“On Target Tuesdays”
Upcoming Webinars and Links to Recorded Sessions Here!

December Webinars

Register at this link:

The above link, as well as biographies for all webinar presenters, can be found at

Recorded Webinar Links!

#1 October 6 – Jade Krolikowski –

#2 October 13 – Ashley Petersen –

#3 October 20 – Anna Weilbacher –

#4 October 27 – Todd Knecht/Hornaday Ammunition –

#5 November 3 – Casey Kaufold

#6 November 10 – Keith Sekora

#7 November 17 – Phillip Jungman

Join In! Register for Experience 4-H Virtual Zoom Classes!
December Class Added!

Experience 4-H is a monthly 40 minute introduction to 4-H programs and projects, offered to interested youth and families without obligation. Curriculum and instructors from many 4-H sources will be used. One or two sessions will be offered per month; topics will vary. This is a great way to try something new! Whether you are new to 4-H or a longtime member, you are invited to join Washington 4-H and find your spark! FREE Zoom classes are open to ages 6 – 18, unless otherwise specified. Parents must attend with youth under the age of 9. Please pre-register. After registering, you will
receive an email confirmation and class supply list.

Active Registration Links:

November 28 – Kids in the Kitchen – Turkey Leftovers

December 19 – Holiday Origami

Contact Toni Gwin at

Youth Participation Requested!!
Survey of Youth and Animal Interaction During COVID-19
We want to know more about how young people are spending their time during social isolation from COVID-19, especially when it comes to youth and animals! Please consider asking youth age 7- 18 in your household to complete this brief survey.

¡Queremos saber más sobre cómo los jóvenes pasan su tiempo durante el aislamiento social de COVID-19, especialmente cuando se trata de jóvenes y animales! Por favor considere pedirle a los jóvenes de 7 a 18 años en su hogar que completen esta breve encuesta.

Washington Department of Agriculture Seeks to Fill Vacancy on the Board of the Fairs Commission


The following is a message from Teresa Norman from the Washington Department of Agriculture:

We have a vacancy on the board of the Fairs Commission. The term is for three years and it’s an eastern Washington position. Those who are appointed to the board usually stay on for more than one term. We have another expiring term at the end of February, 2021, which will also be an eastern Washington position. That current board member might decide to step down at the end of her term so we may have to recruit for two new commissioners.

Recruiting for the Fairs Commission is difficult and our board is becoming heavily weighted in terms of retired ag teachers. It would be nice to get other experience represented on the board, such as 4-H or other youth group, show, or fair experience.

Persons interested in serving on the Board of the Fair Commission are encouraged to contact Teresa, as follows.

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Teresa Norman
Fairs and Commodity Commissions Programs Administrator
Washington State Department of Agriculture
PO Box 42560
Olympia, WA 98504


Operations Contingency Plan Templates for Horse Farms in the Event of Covid-19 and Other Emergencies Now Available From the University of Minnesota Extension


The University of Minnesota Extension Livestock Team has released a set of customizable forms that can be used to create an operations contingency plan for livestock owner’s farms. The contingency forms are meant to provide livestock owners a starting point to outline essential livestock care if they and/or their managers become sick with COVID-19 or another emergency occurs. In these situations, care would likely need to be administered by a non-household member. The contingency plan is meant to cover short-term (e.g. 30 days), essential care only and is not meant to serve as a comprehensive care plan. The intended use of these forms is for emergency planning purposes.

Operations contingency plan templates for both privately owned horse farms and boarding or training horse farms are available on the Extension Horse Website

Forms (fillable PDFs) must be first downloaded and saved to a computer, and then can be completed and printed. Templates are also available for dairy, beef, swine, poultry, honeybee, and small ruminant operations on the  Extension website:

IMPORTANT REMINDER Regarding WSU Extension Adult/Youth Interactions during COVID-19
As we are all in communication via technology with youth at this time, I would like to take this opportunity to remind everyone of WSU Extension’s policy on interactions. Under this policy, AT NO TIME should one adult be meeting or communicating with youth WITHOUT the presence of another adult. This policy pertains to Zoom conferences, telephone conversations, text messages, social media posts, etc. To facilitate communication, make certain to cc another adult on written communications, and invite another adult to be present during virtual meetings. The second adult is recommended to be a WSU volunteer; other adults can serve in this role if you’re in a pinch.

Jana S. Ferris
Associate Professor
Volunteer Specialist, WSU Extension

A Reminder: COVID-19 Resources Available from WSU Extension
The WSU Extension COVID-19 Updates and Resources page is updated as new information becomes available. The Link to the page is

National 4-H Council Shares Survey on COVID-19 Effects on Youth Mental Health and Loneliness
A new survey commissioned by National 4 H Council, and conducted by the Harris Poll, finds that 7 in 10 teens are struggling with their mental health in the wake of COVID-19.  More than half of those surveyed shared that the pandemic has increased their feelings of loneliness, with 64 percent believing it will have a lasting impact on their mental health. The survey, conducted in May 2020, is among the first to examine the impact this unprecedented public health crisis has had on U.S. teens.  The aims of the survey are to help practitioners gain a deeper understanding of the state of teen mental health and to gather teen perspectives on the issue as 4-H aims to empower young people with the resources and support to address their health and well-being head on.

Read the full article at

Caring for Your Family During COVID-19

The Washington State Department of Children, Youth and Families has created a
resource for parents during COVID-19. The WASHINGTON STATE RESOURCE GUIDE FOR PARENTS AND CAREGIVERS: Caring for Your Family During COVID-19 was developed to help parents and their families navigate the pandemic and the days to follow. The publication is available at

WSDA Shares Recommendations for Reducing COVID-19 Risk in Groups of People Caring for Groups of Animals
The Washington State Department of Agriculture has recently made some recommendations regarding reducing COVID-19 risk in animal care. The documents are available by clicking on the title below:

Cleaning and Disinfection Protocol

Caretaker Contact List

Group Livestock Care Instructions

Group Livestock Care Schedule

WSDA Group Care of Livestock

Keeping Your Distance to Stay Safe
With the number of COVID-19 cases increasing every day, psychologists offer insights on how to separate yourself from others, while still getting the social support you need.

Additional Equine Resources Added to Horse Project Page
Extension Horses COVID-19 Infographics for Equine Owners and Facilities have been added to the Horse Project page. They are located under the “Other Resources and Websites” link and are intended to provide general information.

Everyday Actions to Help Prevent the Spread of Respiratory Viruses
Here are everyday actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses:
• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
• Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
• Stay home when you are sick.
• Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

A WSU hand-washing video can be accessed here.

There’s also this link to the Washington State Department of Health’s ‘WashYourHandsingTon” web page.

WSU has established an informational website that is being frequently updated – it can be found here. It has general information from the Center for Disease Control and the Washington State Department of Health.

Because of differing levels of outbreaks and risk of exposure to covid-19 and the coronavirus in different communities, please refer to your local health department and your local County Extension Office for information applicable to your community.

Updated November 24, 2020