Upcoming Events

                Tuesday, April 24th ~ Hippology ~ the Lockwoods @ 6pm

Tuesday, April 24th ~ Mandatory Officers Training ~ at the New Extension Office at 524 Westwood Road, Berryville, VA from  6-8 pm
Register here

Saturday, April 28th ~ Northern District Horsemanship Skills Evaluation ~ Frederick County Fairgrounds ~ for info contact Rose McDonald 540-877-4935 or horsemomrose@yahoo.com

Tuesday, May 1st ~ Horse Judging ~ the Lockwoods @ 6pm

Tuesday, May 1 ~  Deadline for Horse Declarations

Tuesday, May 8th ~ Business Meeting ~ VFW Post 9760
Cloverbuds @ 6 pm, all others: 6:45pm

Tuesday, May 15th ~ Hippology ~ the Lockwoods @ 6pm

Saturday, May 19th ~ Northern District Qualifying Open 4-H Show
Frederick County Fairgrounds

Sunday, May 20th ~ Project Book Workshop ~ 12-4 pm at the Lockwoods

Tuesday, May 22nd ~ Horse Judging ~ the Lockwoods @ 6pm

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.
  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 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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SAVE THE DATE - Horse Camp June 8th and 9th
Clarke County Fairgrounds

Have you heard the exciting news? We have arranged for every EE to receive affordable lessons from Heidi Nohle, a local professional trainer with extensive experience! A golden ticket is 5 lessons for $125. Lessons may be in Hunter or Western. In addition, if a child continues with lessons, Heidi will provide the child with a project pony or horse that can be used at camp, fair and the 4-H State Horse Show. If requested, Heidi will also be available to coach our 4-Hers at the State Horse Show! For more info about Heidi, click on the golden ticket below!!

To contact Heidi about your Golden Ticket call her at  419-350-1936!