Upcoming Events

Tuesday, September 10th ~ Equine Enthusiasts 4-H Meeting ~
          Clarke County High School Ag Building @ 5:15 pm

               Thursday, September 12th-Sunday, September 15th
4-H State Horse Show, Virginia Horse Center, Lexington, VA

Saturday, September 21st ~5th Annual Franklin County 4-H Trailblazer Horse and Pony Show @ Ginther Farm, Rocky Mount, VA 
Contact: Mark Hatcher 540-493-2430
Tuesday, October 8th ~ Equine Enthusiasts 4-H Meeting ~
Clarke County High School Ag Building @ 5:15 pm

Saturday, October 12th ~ Varina Rising Stars 4-H Open Horse Show
Dorey Park, Henrico, VA
Contact Sandra Dowdy 757-795-1424

4-H Projects Books Must Be Turned into the Extension Office September 13th
November 23rd is the 4-H Achievement Banquet!!

4-H . . . The Power of YOUth!!!
                Our club has two main focuses - horsemanship and community service. Our  members have been active in all areas of 4-H, from camping to public speaking and presentation. Our community service projects  have included sponsoring SaddleUp for Saint Judes' Trail Rides, supplying Thanksgiving and Christmas meals for local families in need, and volunteering at a local horse rescue. The EEs also strive to improve their skills with clinics focused on natural horsemanship and equitation! Look for the EEs at the County, District 4-H Public Speaking, Presentation and Share the Fun Contests, 4-H camps, 4-H Congress, Horse Judging contests, the 4-H  State Horse Show and the 2011 Clarke County Fair! 
The 4-H Pledge

I pledge my head to clearer thinking

my heart to greater 

my hands to larger service

my health to better living 

for my club, my community,
my country and my world.
Meetings are held monthly on the 2nd Tuesday @ 5:30 pm, at the Clarke County High School's Agricultural Building. 
The Equine Enthusiasts welcome all horse lovers, whether you have a horse or just love them! 

You don't need to have a horse! 
There are always opportunities to ride, groom and care for horses!

For enrollment forms, click on the "4-H forms" tab on the navigation bar above.
  4-Her versus Rider 

        A rider is one who rides a horse. A 4-Her is one who not  only rides a horse but knows how to look after him, how to treat him in sickness and in health,  and is always interested in learning as much  as she can about the origin,  characteristics, and habits of her mount. The rider is content to get as much as possible out of his horse, with no thought as to the comfort of his mount.

  The 4-Her thinks of her horse before herself. After a hard day's work, it is the animal that rates a thorough grooming and a warm mash before the 4-Her may relax. The rider pulls his horse up on his haunches from a dead gallop at the barn door. He flings himself off the panting, lathery animal, throws the reins to a groom, and rushes away to tell of the number of high jumps he has taken or boast of the speed of the horse. A 4-Her brings her horse in cool, having walked the last mile.  She makes sure her horse is properly taken care of.  When the rider is thrown or is unable to make his mount do what he wants, it is always the horse that is blamed. When a 4-Her takes a spill, she looks to herself for the cause.

  In consequence, the rider will pay dearly for his mounts. He will forever be chopping and changing him. He will be fit victim for the dealer and the laughingstock of the groom. But the 4-Her will always seem to be satisfactorily mounted. Her horses will remain sound and  if she is unable to own a horse, she will be offered the best there is free and gratis by the owners of the finest horses, who know that their animals will profit by the experience of being ridden and trained by a master. No matter how long she may live or how poor she may be, provided there are horses to be had, the 4-Her, a true horseman,  will never lack a mount.
Lovingly adapted from Horse versus Rider, written by Margaret Cabell Self
The Horse's Prayer

To thee, master I offer my prayer. Feed me, water and take care of me, and  when my work is done, provide me with clean shelter to lie down in comfort.  I cannot tell you when I am thirsty, so provide me with clean cool water often. Always be kind to me. Talk to me, your voice means more to me than the reins. Pet me sometimes, so that I may serve you more gladly and learn to love you. Do not jerk the reins or strike, beat or kick me when I do not understand what you want, but give me the chance to understand you. Keep me well shod, so I will not fall. Examine my teeth when I don't eat, for I may have an ulcerated tooth, which as you know is very painful. Do not restrain my head in an unnatural position, or take away my best defense against flies and mosquitos by cutting off my tail. 

I cannot tell you in words when I am sick, so watch me, so that by the signs  you will know when I am unwell. I try to carry you and your burdens without complaint, and I wait patiently for you long hours of the day and night. Remember that I love you and am ready at any minute to lose my life in your service. 

And finally when my useful strength is gone, do not turn me out to starve or freeze, or sell me to some cruel owner, but do take my life in the kindest way, and your God will reward you here and in the hereafter. Please do not consider me irreverent if I ask this in the name of Him who was born in a stable                           

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The Virginia Cooperative Extension programs and employment are open to all; regardless of race, color, religion, sex, age, veteran status, national origin, disability or political affliation.  An equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.
For more information,  call the Clarke County Extension Office at 540-955-5164
. . . And How It Relates to the 4-H Horse Project   

Working with animals provides mental relaxation from schoolroom studies and stimulates quick thinking and alertness. 

The close bond developed between a horse and his master and between young people planning and working together in a common interest is conducive to a deepening sense of loyalty and consideration for others. 

 Skillfull hands are a must for a horseman.  It is the touch of the hands on the reins which telegraphs the rider's wish to his mount. 

Outdoor activities affect every nerve, muscle, and organ of the body in a healthful way. 

 The 4-H Horse Program provides many opportunities for young people to participate in community service, to educate the public regarding equine stewardship and to learn about equine-related career opportunities 
Clarke County Equine Enthusiasts 4-H Club

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