State Dog Committee Optional Assessment for 2022-23 Program Year
The state 4-H Dog leaders committee has implemented a sustainable way of funding the needs of the State Dog Project in regard to awards, equipment and other requirements in order to provide an outstanding experience for each of our 4-H members who attend state-level events.
The State 4-H Dog leaders committee asks each county dog program to contribute an assessment, a $3.00 fee for the exhibitor allotment for your county dog show days at State Fair from the previous year. This is a suggested donation amount and since this allotment is based on the county entries at State Fair from the previous year, it provides a sustainable and equitable way for each county to support the State Dog Project.
For example, if your county had a State Fair allotment of ten; your county suggested contribution would be $30.00 for the current year. You may find out your allotment for the current year from your county Extension office 4-H staff or you may send an email to the contacts listed below. Please note that this assessment is not mandatory and does not in any way affect your county dog program’s participation in 4-H state events – but provides an opportunity to support the State 4-H Dog Project.
We would like to receive your donation by August 1st. Please make your checks payable to the WA ST 4-H Dog Project and mail to:
P.O. Box 850
Carnation, WA 98014-0850
If you have questions regarding specifics details on how the funds are used or allocated, please contact the individuals listed below.
Sarah Gunderson, State Dog committee treasurer
Barb Taylor, State Dog Committee member
Kari Smith-Schlecht, State Dog Committee member
On behalf of the State 4-H Dog committee, thank you for your support.
Submitted by Jennifer Leach, 4-H faculty liaison to the State Dog Committee and assessment request approved by Mark Heitstuman, Interim State Program Director
Thurston County 4-H Pack Goat Challenge Set For June 3rd – Register By June 1st!
4-H youth enrolled in the Utility Goat/Pack Goat 4-H project are invited to participate in the Thurston County 4-H Pack Goat Challenge.
When: Saturday, June 3
Where: Thurston County Fairgrounds, East Arena
Cost: Entry Fee: $10.00
Time: Check-in between 10:30-11:00 a.m., Challenge to begin at 11 a.m.
Sponsored by the 24 Carrots 4-H Club
Exhibitors will take their goat through a ten obstacle, simulated trail course and answer questions about goat health/care, breeds, packing, hiking safety, and 4-H. Multiple judges will be stationed throughout the course, so exhibitors will be going through sections of the course at the same time. Exhibitors will receive a score for their knowledge, hike readiness, and ease of traversing the obstacles with their goat. Prizes will be awarded to the top exhibitors in all age groups except Cloverbud. All Cloverbud exhibitors are non-competitive and will receive a participation award.
- Washington State 4-H Policies and Procedures will apply.
- All exhibitors must keep their goat on a halter/collar and lead at all times. Halters are preferred on horned goats as leading a horned goat by the collar can result in injury.
- Cloverbud Exhibitors (5-7 yrs. as of Oct. 1, 2022) must use a novelty or pygmy goat. A novelty goat is defined as a small goat that is purebred or crossbred lineage; is up to 23 inches in height and weighs no more than 65 pounds.
- Exhibitors must wear appropriate hiking attire/footwear and carry a backpack with the ten essentials.
- Goats must wear a pack: soft pack or cross buck. Goats under one year are not required to wear a pack.
- Horned goats must have their horn tips covered. Scurs (horn regrowth) over 1” must be covered. Goat horn tip covers must be constructed of materials that offer adequate protection (such as foam pool noodle, pipe insulation, tennis balls, or other padding combined with vet wrap). Vet wrap alone does not offer enough horn tip protection.
- Goats exhibiting unsafe behavior will be asked to skip an obstacle and/or excused from the arena.
- No intact males over six months of age.
- For pack goat training and youth contest information please refer to the North American Packgoat Association Guidebook https://napga.org/packgoat-guidebook/
Please email email@example.com and cc 4-H volunteer, Jenny Taylor, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Please complete the Google Form to pre-register: https://forms.gle/Uh4JcdhDAQSjrp9dA
Exhibitors coming from a county other than Thurston County should bring a printed copy of the Member Health Form
(printed from 4-HOnline).
Registration payment by cash or check (payable to 24 Carrots 4-H) will be made at check in.
Registrations must be received by Thursday, June 1, 2023.
No day-of registrations will be accepted.
Download the event flyer HERE.
Alaska to Host 4-H Summit in 2024 – Workshop Proposal Descriptions Due June 1, 2023!
To All members of the 4-H community,
I am a volunteer 4-H leader in Fairbanks, Alaska. We have missed our Western Regional 4-H Leaders Forum for the last several years and so we decided to put on a similar event ourselves. However, we realize there are people all over the US doing 4-H that we have not had the privilege of meeting yet, so we want to invite you to come to our 2024 4-H Summit. It will be held on Feb. 29-March 1 in Fairbanks, Alaska. We have plenty of daylight by then so you can enjoy meeting fellow 4-H leaders while staying cozy inside or get outside to view the Aurora and enjoy other outdoor activities.
Utah Ambassadors are coming up to lead a teen track for members 14 and older.
The registration cost will be $300. Rooms are available right now to reserve your spot at the Westmark Hotel in Fairbanks.
Check out our Facebook page to keep current with new developments.
Also, our web page is up and running, still under development but that is where to find the Workshop Call for Proposals- https://friendsofalaska4-h.com/2024-summit/ We are looking for fun interactive workshops, descriptions are due June 1!
We already have the code for the room discount so you can book your room and the Alaska Airlines code so you book your flight. Don’t wait! We only have room for 300 participants. Please plan to join us with your family and friends. We are so excited to share the great state of Alaska with you and learn about 4-H in your state.
Jan Hanscom 2024 4-H Summit
Linn-Benton CC (Oregon) Presents Livestock Judging Camp – Register By June 1st!
I am the judging coach at Linn-Benton CC in Oregon. Last year we had a handful of Washington kids participate in our camp and I’m hoping to see more next month. We are hosting our camp June 26th through 28th in Albany, Oregon. I have included our registration/schedule. Registrations are due by June 1, 2023.
If anyone has any questions, please feel free to contact me.
Sierra J. Meyers
Agriculture Science Faculty
Livestock Judging Coach
Linn-Benton Community College
Office: WOH 127C (541) 917- 4770
Grow Your Digital Knowledge and Support The Washington 4-H Tech Changemaker Teens!
Please support our Washington State 4-H Tech Changemaker (TCM)* Program Teens today! Our seven-partner site** TCM teens have reached more than 2500 Washington citizens, in person!
Please view our videos, which assist us in meeting our virtual education goals. Each video watched contributes an additional $40 to our WA TCM project from our funders, if viewed in the month of May!
We are proud of our youth and their work advancing public understanding of the digital world! (Videos are 4-10 minutes long)
Give us THREE more minutes and complete a survey on your impressions of the video(s) you watched!
Visit our State 4-H TCM website at: 4-H Tech Changemakers | 4-H Youth Development Program | Washington State University (wsu.edu)
*The funders included Microsoft; Land O’ Lakes, Inc.; Tractor Supply, and Verizon. The National 4-H Council administers the project.
**Partner counties include Spokane, Ferry, Whatcom, Chelan, Grays Harbor, the Kalispel Tribal site, & Wahkiakum.
Gary F. Varrella, Ph.D.
WSU Spokane County Extension Director & 4-H Educator
509-477-2163 (office) 509-435-3369 (cell)
Visit our web page: http://extension.wsu.edu/spokane/4h/
Like 4-H Facebook: spokane4h
Like WSU Extension on Facebook: wsuextensionspokanecounty
Pierce County Leaders Council Hosts Small Animal Fun’Raiser On June 10th!
Get practice showing your animals for the upcoming Fair season. The Pierce County Leaders Council invites all youth to an open Cavy, Rabbit, and Poultry show on June 10, 2023 at Frontier Park, 21606 Meridian E, Graham, WA 98338. The show will take place in the Rabbit Barn at the back of the park near the large parking lot. Rabbits and Cavies will begin at 9:00 a.m. with Poultry following at 11:00 a.m. The show will include showmanship and judging for each species.
The fee is $10 per animal payable at the door. The funds generated by the Fun’Raiser go toward grants and scholarships for Pierce County 4-H Members.
4-H Military Teen Adventure Camp Volunteer Help Needed!
Hello 4-H Volunteers!
Is going to summer camp a memory you cherish? Would you like to help teens create summer camp memories? Your help is needed to facilitate an awesome camp experience for teens of military families this July in beautiful Darrington, Washington.
Hosting teens free of charge and providing an excellent camp experience is a tangible way we can say Thank You to our military families all across the country. To date, we have hosted teens from almost all of our fifty states. To meet appropriate camper/counselor ratios with our current camper demand, we are in need of more overnight counselors, mentors, and activity leaders and co-leaders. No military affiliation is necessary. Training is provided. Come share your passion and enthusiasm with teens for one or both sessions of camp: Session One: July 12-16, 2023 | Session Two: July 17-21, 2023
To learn more about the camp or to apply to volunteer, visit: https://extension.wsu.edu/4h/youth/camps/military-teen-adventure-camps/
You may also contact our Camp Coordinator at email@example.com
Ashley Hall, Ph.D.
she/her/hers (curious why is this here?)
4-H Assistant Professor
Washington State University
Snohomish County Extension
C: 425-521-0357 (voice and text)
Statewide 4-H Photo Club Virtual Contest Entries Due By June 11th!
Washington State 4-H Virtual Photo Club Contest – Entries and RULES
Entries are DUE by midnight June 11th
Send them via email to firstname.lastname@example.org, you MUST put “Virtual Photo Contest” in the subject line.
Show different things that you have learned through live or recorded viewing of virtual photo club. You can find the links to the recordings (5 sessions) in previous issues of the WA 4-H Tuesday News and on our Explore 4-H with WSU Extension Facebook page.
All entries will receive feedback for each photo by the week following July 4th.
Cloverbuds will receive a certificate of participation.
The top Junior, Intermediate and Senior photo will receive a gift certificate toward an arts & craft supply store.
We will do our best to publish the photos and their placings in the Washington 4-H Tuesday News and on our Explore 4-H with WSU Extension Facebook page.
Three (3) entries maximum per youth
You must title or caption each of your entries (please name each photo file entry with the title/caption that you use so we can match them up) and answer the following questions for each entry:
- Type/format and name of camera used (if it was a phone or tablet or camera let us know that and the name of the device)?
- What technique(s) are you showing or demonstrating with this photo?
- What did you do to arrive at your final photo (crop, lighten, darken, in camera or using a computer, etc.)?
- What was your F-stop/aperture (this info should be recorded in your meta-data)?
- What was your shutter speed? (this info should be recorded in your meta-data)?
Thank you for learning with us!
Pam Watson, M.Ed.
WSU Lewis County Extension, 4-H and Poultry
4-H Youth Development Agent, WSU Faculty
Washington State 4-H Teens Awarded National 4-H ‘Lead to Change’ Mini-Grant!
Following a trip to Washington DC for the 4-H Teen Ignite Conference, six Youth Advocates for Health (YA4-H!) Teen Teachers are helping organize a state-wide service project called Kind Care Kits. These kits will include social-emotional activities for siblings who have a brother or sister who is sick and spending time at Ronald McDonald House (RMHC) and Children’s Hospital locations across our state.
In March, these dedicated 4-H teens helped develop the project and submit a grant proposal to National 4-H Council to help fund the project. In early April, they found out their project was selected to advance to the next stage, and in late April, they gave a presentation over zoom on the merits of their project.
Last week, they got the great news that their 4-H ‘Lead to Change’ proposal was accepted, and they will receive $2,000 to put towards supplies for the Kind Care Kits. WSU 4-H is also matching the $2,000, so they will be able to make a total of 400 kits to disperse to three RMHC sites. To help fill any gaps, they are also working with the libraries in their communities to seek donations of art supplies.
Help us congratulate these six teens on their success, as we look forward to taking the project state wide, where teens attending the state conference in June will have the opportunity to help with kit assembly.
- Stella Marsh, Spokane County 4-H
- Taegan Flake, Spokane County 4-H
- Abby Hepting, Spokane County 4-H
- Kaelynn Schultz, Skamania County 4-H
- Ruth Rausch, King County 4-H
- Sylvia Corey, Snohomish County 4-H
WS4-HA State Award Winners Move On To Regional Competition!
Pam Watson, WSU Lewis County 4-H, WS4-HA Awards Chair
Do you know a hard-working WSU 4-H County Faculty or Staff person? Have you absolutely loved a program or promotional item they have shared in the county? Some of our industrious faculty and staff have taken the time to apply for national awards through our professional organization. The awards are judged by their peers – first at the state level, then onto regionals (13 states in the Western Region), and from there, four applications are reviewed for top honors in each category at the national level – in order to select the very best. Awards are received at our national conference each fall.
The following applicants and awards have been moved forward to the Western Regional level. Congratulations to all of our applicants, reviewing the applications is always fun because we get to see what others are doing around the state. A big thank you also to all of our reviewers for taking the time to go through the applications, make comments, and score each item.
In the Specialty Awards Category:
4-H Military Partnership Innovating for Success Award- Gary Varrella and team
First Time Attendee- Melanie Greer
Excellence in Natural Resources- Linda McLean
Denise Miller Innovator Award- Michael Wallace and team
Excellence in Shooting Sports- Ashley Hernandez-Hall and team
In the Communicator Awards Category:
Media Presentation- Brian Brandt
Radio/Audio Program-Melanie Greer
Promotional Package- Team- Brian Brandt and team
Promotional Piece- Team- Brian Brandt and team
Published Photo- Linda McLean
Social Media Piece- Team- Brian Brandt and team
Social Media Package/ Campaign – Team- Brian Brandt and team
Exhibit- Linda McLean
Feature Story- Linda McLean
Educational Piece -Team- Brian Brandt and team
Pam Watson, M.Ed.
WSU Lewis County Extension
4-H Youth Development Agent, WSU Faculty
Updated PNW Horse Judges List Is Now Available!
An updated PNW Horse Judges List is now available. It can be found at https://s3.wp.wsu.edu/uploads/sites/2050/2023/05/PNW-Horse-Judges-3.14.23..pdf
Counties are encouraged to select 4-H Horse judges off the PNW 4-H horse judges list. However, in Washington our policy is not to mandate that judges come from this list. However, if a county choose to hire a judge that is not on the PNW 4-H horse judge’s list—we encourage the counties to select a judge that understands 4-H youth development, has access to the PNW 4-H Horse contest guide, understands and judges according to the Danish system of judging and understands the value of providing positive comments in judging. The philosophy in the Washington 4-H program in horses—is that the “judge is an educator”.
In regard to the PNW 4-H Horse Contest Guide—Washington is still waiting for the final version from our PNW partner, Oregon. In the meantime, we are working on an “addendum” to specifically outline the very minimal changes to the PNW 4-H Horse Contest Guide.
Questions? Please reach out to Jennifer Leach, State Contact for 4-H horses at email@example.com
Celebrate Pride Month With A 4-H Pride Shirt!
Washington State 4-H PRIDE shirts for sale through Monday, May 22nd.
The shirts will arrive the first week of June, in time for PRIDE Month.
All proceeds go to supporting youth programming and community outreach
for our State Teen Equity & Inclusion Ambassadors.
Practice Horse Judging Contests Available Online!
Two online Practice Horse Judging contests that would be great for your 4-H or FFA Horse Judging teams. Each course is only $20
with unlimited access for 90 days (from your date of enrollment). Each contest has 6 classes with 2 halter and 4 performance.
There are questions, officials, and critiques at the end of each class.
Practice Judging 1 Live Link: https://catalog.extension.org/product?catalog=HorseJudgingContest
Practice Judging 2 Live Link: https://catalog.extension.org/product?catalog=1676909671DNE4F
Submitted by Jennifer Leach, 4-H Faculty Liaison State Horse Committee
Q and A Sessions for the Washington 4-H Horse Program Continue
– Now On First Wednesdays!
Have questions about the Washington 4-H horse program? Our monthly Q and A for leaders, parents, members, and staff will now be meeting on the first Wednesday of each month via Zoom from 6:30 to 7:30 pm. beginning June 7th.
Zooms are structured around the theme/parameters of horses and youth development. They are more than “what are the rules.” There is also time set aside for input on future topics for subsequent Zooms. The Zoom meeting ID is 452-082-9765 with no passcode. You must have a zoom account to participate.
The meeting will be facilitated by Jennifer Leach, WSU Extension 4-H State Fair Board Staff Liaison.
.Feel free to contact Jennifer with any questions at LeachJ@co.cowlitz.wa.us.
Save the Date: 2023 Washington State 4-H Meat Judging Contest
The inaugural Washington State 4-H Meats Judging Contest will be held Saturday August 12th, at the Meats Laboratory in Pullman, hosted by Dr Foraker and the Department of Animal Science. The date was chosen as an opportunity to qualify teams early for the 2023 National 4-H Meats Judging Contest held during the American Royal in a Kansas City in October. Please share with those interested. Information for registration and contest format will follow.
In 2024, the contest will be held earlier in the year, in late May or early June.
State 4-H Ambassadors Present the 4-H Youth of the Month for May!
The Washington State 4-H Ambassadors recognize the 4-H Youth of the Month honoree for May, Hailey Mack of Whatcom County! The Ambassadors are proud to highlight 4-H youth monthly throughout the year!
If you have any questions about the State Ambassadors, or are interested in joining, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. We hope to hear from you!
Ask Dr. Universe:
How Does It Rain? Gabby, 10, Ohio
The latest Ask Dr. Universe podcast episode was written and performed by kids! Join us in the Boomcrusher as we zoom around the solar system.
How does it rain? — Gabby, 10, Ohio
Like most cats, I don’t love wet fur. I check a weather app every morning to see if I need an umbrella. But how rain happens was a mystery to me.
So, I talked about rain with my friend Nathan Santo Domingo. He’s a field meteorologist with AgWeatherNet of Washington State University. That’s a weather tool for farmers, gardeners and other people in Washington.
“The first thing to remember is that Earth’s surface is 71% water,” Santo Domingo said. “We also have a giant orb in the sky—the sun—that’s feeding energy into the atmosphere and reaching down to Earth’s surface.”
The sun’s energy changes the water in the oceans, rivers and lakes. The water changes from a liquid to a gas called water vapor. That water vapor floats up into the bubble of gas that surrounds Earth—called the atmosphere.
The higher the water vapor floats, the colder the air is. That changes the water vapor back into liquid water. Those drops of liquid water way up high in the atmosphere are incredibly tiny. They’re so light they float. A bunch of tiny drops all floating together is a cloud.
Sometimes a cloud floats into a place with low air pressure. Or it bumps into a mountain. The tiny water drops move up and down. They bonk into each other. When two water drops bump together, they merge into a bigger water drop.
“Eventually, a water droplet becomes so heavy the air can’t support it,” Santo Domingo said. “It starts to fall to the ground. It hits your head, jacket or umbrella in the form of a raindrop. Or a snowflake if it’s cold.”
That rain flows back into the oceans, rivers and lakes. Someday, the sun’s energy will turn it back into water vapor. The journey a water drop makes from Earth’s surface up into the atmosphere and back is called the water cycle.
Sometimes you can tell it’s going to rain by looking at the sky. But weather forecasts can tell us if it’s going to rain much farther out than our eyes can.
Back in the day, weather scientists used tools like thermometers and barometers to predict rain. Thermometers measure changes in how hot it is. Barometers measure how much pressure there is. That’s how much air is above you, pushing down due to gravity.
Weather scientists still use those tools. Now they also use supercomputers to track temperature and air pressure. They measure all the way up and down the atmosphere. They also use math equations about water, air, sunlight, plants and ocean temperatures to make predictions.
That’s how weather scientists make accurate forecasts today. That way we can check a weather app and know if we need an umbrella to keep our fur dry.
I want to know how snake venom in the antidote makes sense!
Raagini, 10, New York
One of my roommates is a corn snake named Buddy. He’s not venomous. But he’s a very private individual and really likes his space.
Buddy and I talked about your question with my friend Blair Perry. He’s a biologist at Washington State University. He’s an expert on snakes and venom.
Perry told me antivenom doesn’t contain actual snake venom. It’s made with antibodies to snake venom.
Antibodies are proteins. They’re part of your immune system. They travel in your blood to fight germs or dangerous molecules—like those in venom—that could hurt you. Sometimes we get vaccines to boost our antibodies so they’re ready when something harmful shows up.
But that’s not enough for snake venom.
“With a snake bite, we get so many venom molecules injected all at once,” Perry said. “Plus, they act really, really fast. There’s not enough time for the body to produce those antibodies. Even if we had antibodies from a vaccine, it probably wouldn’t be enough to respond quickly and to a large enough degree.”
So, scientists turn to big animals with strong immune systems—like horses—to make antivenom. First, they take venom from snakes. They inject horses with teeny amounts of that venom. It’s not enough venom to hurt the horse. But the horse’s body begins cranking out antibodies to the venom. Eventually, scientists can take some of the horse’s blood. They clean it up in a lab to pick out the antibodies and make it safe for people. That’s antivenom.
Antivenom works because those horse antibodies stop the venom from doing more damage to your body. They also show your own antibodies where to go and how to fight the venom.
There isn’t just one antivenom though.
“Antivenoms are specific to different types of snakes,” Perry said. “Antivenom for one kind of rattlesnake might work for other rattlesnakes or viper species with similar venom. But it might not work for cobras because cobra venom is so different.”
That’s not a problem in the United States. There aren’t many kinds of venomous snakes here. If a snake bites you, you should go to the hospital calmly and quickly. Doctors will give you antivenom if you need it.
But it’s a huge problem in other parts of the world. Some places have lots of venomous snakes. Some of those places have few resources like hospitals and labs to make antivenom.
Scientists want to make a new kind of antivenom. It would be made in a lab without snakes and horses. Hopefully, it would be easier to get this antivenom to people who need it most.
That’s why biologists like Perry study how venom works. Or why some animals—like the opossum—aren’t hurt by snake venom.
Of course, most snakes are nonvenomous like Buddy. Venomous or not, it’s important to give snakes lots of space. If you see a snake in the wild, admire it from a respectful distance.
It’s the best way to ssssstay sssssafe and sssssupport sssssnakes at the same time.
Know a kid with a science question?
Help them submit it for a chance to be featured in a future Q&A.
Submit a question!
2023 Washington 4-H State Livestock Judging Contest Update
The 2023 Washington 4-H State Livestock Judging Contest is scheduled for June 24, 2023, and will be held at the Ardell Pavilion, centered on the Grant County Fairgrounds. Contest guidelines and rules with NEW for 2023 updates are linked in this article and are up for viewing on the Washington 4-H website. Additionally, the travel guidelines document and fillable registration forms specific to Junior, Intermediate and Senior contest registrations are linked below. Again as in 2022, the 2023 contest has NO Requirement for Qualifying, just come and participate.
This will be our second year hosting the Livestock Judging Contest at the Grant County Fairgrounds in Moses Lake, WA. The committee is looking forward to another successful contest year. in 2022 we had three senior teams that traveled to national 4-H contests representing the Evergreen state.
New for 2023:
- There will be a registration deadline this year for early registration. June 9, 2023 – all registration materials signed by the county extension professional (specialist, educator, coordinator, administrative, etc.) will be due by end of day to qualify for early registration fees ($15/team; $5/individual). Late registrations will be accepted with a late fee charged ($10/individual). All fees (check, credit or cash) will be collected the day of the contest.
- Teams and coaches will need to be prepared to identify the contests they would like to travel to by the end of the state contest. If the first place team has not determined that when asked then they will forfeit first choice and so on. So – coaches and parents PLEASE be prepared before you come to the contest to compete.
- Also new will be a dress code (see guidelines appropriate dress). Key no hats, torn or ripped or frayed jeans, no shorts, and no t-shirts with graphics or written sentiments.
Registrations will need to be sent to Robert.email@example.com and CC firstname.lastname@example.org by end of day June 9, 2023. Late registrations will be charged a late registration fee. Any questions about the contest? Please contact Paul Kuber email@example.com.
2023 Livestock Judging Contest Rules and Guidelines
2023 Livestock Judging Team Travel Guidelines
2023 Livestock Judging Registration Form – Intermediate
2023 Livestock Judging Registration Form – Junior
2023 Livestock Judging Registration Form – Senior
See you on June 24th!
Dressage Clinic Coming to Franklin County in June!
Please mark your calendars for a dressage clinic with Abby Welch on June 18th in Franklin County.
The clinic is open to 4-H horse members and is great way to receive practice and guidance in preparation for the Washington State Junior Horse show.
For more information, contact Sue Duffy, 4-H Horse Superintendent for Benton/Franklin County. Sue’s email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Read Abby Welch’s Bio HERE
2023 Dressage Show Entry Form is HERE
Entry Form for Dressage Clinic with Abby is HERE
Submitted by Jennifer Leach, State 4-H horse contact.
Announcement of Dressage Tests for the 2023 4-H State Fair
The dressage tests for English dressage at the 2023 4-H State Fair will be Test 3 for both Training Level 1 and First Level.
Western Dressage has come back for the 2023 4-H State Fair and Test 3 for both Basic Level and Level 1.
4-H horse members will only be able to ride either English Dressage or Western Dressage, but not both, due to time constraints related to arena time.
These tests are available on the respective governing organizations—United States Dressage Federation (USDF) for English (https://www.usdf.org/) and the the Western Dressage Association of America for Western dressage (https://www.westerndressageassociation.org)
The Western Dressage Association of America is the governing body for the Washington State 4-H Horse program. The information in the 2015 PNW 4-H Horse Contest guide on page 20 is outdated. In Washington, we do not use the North American Western (NAW) dressage tests.
Submitted by Jennifer Leach, WSU Extension 4-H State Fair Board Staff Liaison. E-mail Jennifer at LeachJ@co.cowlitz.wa.us.
Reining Pattern for 2023 4-H State Fair Now Available
The 4-H State Fair reining pattern is now posted on the horse page on the WSU 4-H webpage located at https://extension.wsu.edu/4h/projects/animal-science/companion-performance/horse/
Reining will once again be offered at State Fair for Seniors only. The reining pattern is the same as last year to encourage participation since this is only the second year of 4-H reining. And also includes the scoresheet as an educational and judging tool.
There will be additional reining patterns for county level use that are reflective of basic reining and/or introductory reining. More to come next week.
For those who do reining–it is a series of circles, stop, back, figure 8, flying changes, roll backs, and/or spins. And based on skill level and/or complexity of the series of movements.
Submitted by Jennifer Leach, Chair of the “Ad Hoc Reining Committee” and 4-H State Fair board 4-H Staff Liaison. E-mail Jennifer at LeachJ@co.cowlitz.wa.us.
Fifth and Final State 4-H Virtual Photo Club Meeting Recording Now Available!
We held our fifth and last meeting for this 4-H year for the State 4-H Photo Virtual Club on May 14th, 2023. Our fifth meeting theme/focus was on matting, mounting, fair entries, scorecards, photo labels, and our virtual contest entries.
You can find the recording at https://bit.ly/42FPuSL
We are trying a new system for capturing data on our post-workshop survey. Please use the link in the video to take the survey when you finish watching the recording.
There is an announcement of our Virtual 4-H Photography Contest in this recording and stay tuned for the full advertisement of the contest in next week’s 4-H Tuesday News!
Learn something new with us!
Pam Watson, M.Ed.
WSU Lewis County Extension
4-H Youth Development Agent, WSU Faculty
March 26th 4-H Market Poultry Zoom Recording Now Available!
If you are working on a Market Poultry Project and need to get some basics or more advanced info, check out our recording from March 26th, 2023. We covered fryers, turkeys, ducks, and geese, with the focus being on fryers and turkeys. This program is available to all, not just 4-H youth.
Find the link to the recording below.
http://bit.ly/3ze4SbT (WSU Zoom Recording)
Please take our post-workshop survey after viewing the recording at (WSU Qualtrics) this link is also in the recording. http://bit.ly/3LRPppq
Thanks for watching our workshop!
Pam Watson, M.Ed., email@example.com
WSU Lewis County Extension
4-H Youth Development Agent, WSU Faculty