2016 Elkhart County 4-‐H Saddle Club
SADDLE CLUB MEETS: THE SECOND MONDAY OF EACH MONTH Find us on Face Book: Elkhart County Saddle Club Website: www.elkhartcounty4hsaddleclub.com
Pledge to the American Flag
I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.
4-‐H Club Pledge
I pledge… My HEAD to clearer thinking My HEART to greater loyalty My HANDS to larger service and My HEALTH to better living for my club, my community, my country, and my world.
4-‐H Motto "To make the best better."
4-‐H Colors Green and White
Elkhart County 4-‐H Saddle Club Leadership 2016
Adult Leaders Mary Brookins
67403 CR 121 New Paris, IN 46553
68057 CR 3 Nappanee, IN 46550
4-‐H Club Officers President
Recording Secretary Corresponding Secretary
Cara Brookins Morgan Alexander
Health and Safety
Advisory Board President
Fair Board Representative
Purdue Extension Office Livestock Agent
574-‐533-‐0554 Robert Kelly
4-‐H Fair Office To Enroll 4-‐H Members: www.elkhartcounty4h.org Saddle Club website: www.elkhartcounty4hsaddleclub.com
Elkhart County 4-‐H Saddle Club 2016 PROJECT
Buildings and Grounds
Scott Miller, Bill Holdeman,Jeff Alexander
Penny Himes,Casey Lapczynski
OP Agree/Work Duties/Rules/Policies
Todd Hines,Jennifer Cripe,Stephanie Freestone
Jennifer Cripe,Ashley Holdeman
Jennifer Cripe, Ashley Holdeman
Casey Lapczynski, Todd Hines, Pennie Himes
Asley Holdeman, Jennifer Cripe, Ryan Eby
Jeff Alexander Ryan Eby,Kristen Eby,Mary Brookins, Todd Hines
Ryan Eby,Scott Miller
Stalls/Trailer Parking/Fair Checkout
Bill Holdeman,Scott Miller, Jeff Alexander, Todd Hines
Jennifer Cripe,Michelle Cross,Ashley Holdeman
Horse Bowl and Hippology
Scott Miller and Ashley Holdeman
Jeff Alexander,Bill Holdeman, Casey Lapczynski
Tues: Jeff Alexander,Bill Holdeman Weds: Michelle Cross, TBD
Ryan Eby, Jennifer Cripe,Michelle Cross, Casey Lapczynski
Todd Hines, Casey Lapczynski, Scott Miller
Michelle Cross, Jennifer Cripe, Ryan Eby, Penni Himes
Fair Week Camping
Bill Holdeman, Todd Hines
BOLD NAME is your primary contact for this project!! *Show Committee to include all aspects of show including but not limited to show bill/judges/awards **Events to include but not limited to scheduling meetings/rooms/fun show/trail ride ***Enrollment to include but not limited to completion/dues/vaccinations/horse enrollment
1/5 1/7 1/11
Horse Judging Starts thru 3/29 ** Horse Bowl/Hippology Starts thru 3/24 ** Club Meeting 6:00 New Families 7:00 General Meeting Winter Fundraiser Starts
NuWay NuWay Sheep/Swine
Last Day to Register with State for 4-‐H if this is not done-‐-‐NO EXCEPTIONS CAN BE MADE!!
Advisory Board Meeting
6:00 New Families 7:00 General Meeting Fundraiser Orders/Money Due Advisory Board Meeting Fundraiser Pick UP
6:00 New Families 7:00 General Meeting Advisory Board Meeting
6:00 New Families 7:00 General Meeting 4/19-‐4/20 Open Arena Starts 5:30-‐8:00 4/14 Drill Team Practice Starts 6:30-‐8:00 4/19 & 4/27 Vaccinations Available at Open Arena 4/18 Advisory Board 4/23 Saddle cub Ride A Thon-‐-‐more info to come!!! 5/9 5/9 5/9 5/15 5/15 5/15 5/16 5/21-‐5/22
9-‐11:00 AM site TBD
6:00 New Families Beef Dairy Arena 7:00 General Meeting *Trailer Request Accepted* Jr. Leader Horse Camp Applications Taken Horse Camp Applications Due!!! State Horse Enrollment Due**Mandatory to show at Fair** NO EXCEPTIONS CAN BE MADE!! Need to be signed up for workshifts! Proof of Vaccinations due to Leaders to show at Fair Essay/Completion Book Turned into Leaders Advisory Board Meeting History Room NBHA Speed Show
Work Night-‐-‐Must have signed up to complete work duty this night Club Meeting 6:00 New Families Saddle Club Arena 7:00 General Meeting *Trailer Request Accepted 6/13 8:00 Mandatory Horse Camp Jr.Leader/Adult volunteer meeting 6/19-‐6/22 Horse Camp Saddle Club Arena 6/20 Advisory Board 6/26 Pleasure Show-‐Elkhart County Fair Grounds Saddle Club Arena
Pleasure/Speed Show Saddle Club Arena Club Meeting Packet Pick up** Refer to completion list to see what is needed Open Arena to be announced 7/22-‐7/30 FAIR WEEK ** see Fair Week for specific times 8/13 8/13 8/15 8/20-‐8/21
Family Fun Show ** Town Hall Meeting-‐-‐Following fun show Advisory Board NBHA Fall Speed Show
Saddle Club Arena Saddle Club Arena History Room Saddle Club Arena
Please be sure to check the Website as any changes in dates/locations will be posted there! ** More information on these activities on following pages
Vaccination Requirements for 2016 New Vacccination requirements have been put into place for all horses and ponies! This is not something as a club we have any control over. Please remember all Horses and ponies that could possibly be shown at Fair or brought to Horse Camp must have proof of vaccination no later than May 15. *Eastern and Western Equine Encephalomyelitis *Rhinopneumonitis/ EHV type 1 and 4 *Equine Infulenza *Tetanus *Rabies
How Can YOU get more involved in Saddle Club??? Hippology**:
This group studies the horse using extensive research and written material. In contests with other 4-‐Hers-‐-‐taking written test to show their mastery of the material. Meets Thursday Nights (January thru March) Travels to Purdue for Hippology Bowl end of March
This group studies the horse using extensive research and written material. In contests with other 4-‐Hers -‐-‐ they respond aloud in a "Quiz Bow" format Meets Thursday Nights (January thru March) Travels to Purdue for Horse Bowl end of March
This group meets at different stables to learn the conformation of various breeds. They compete to judge horses' conformation based on breed standards. Meets Tuesday Nights Travels TBA
A precision riding group that meets at the fairgrounds weekly to learn riding patterns that are performed in competition and parades. Meets Thursday nights at the Saddle Club Arena (April -‐ July)
**These groups are grouped by age so all ages and levels of knowledge are encouraged to be a part of these groups. Wonderful way to learn a lot about horses as well as make great friends within the club. Contacts:
Scott Miller Ashley Holdeman
How Can Parents Get More Involved in Saddle Club?? We have many great opportunities for parents to get more involved with Saddle Club. Our goal is to get everyone involved in this great club. All parents wishing to volunteer/supervise 4-‐H members must be approved with the 4-‐H extension office. Please let Jennifer Cripe or Ashley Holdeman know if you are interested and we will get the paperwork started for you. This does include a back-‐ ground check, behavior form signed, reference checks, child abuse training class . and a copy of your photo ID.Thank you for supporting your club!
What is Open Arena??? The three arenas at the Elkhart County Fairgrounds are open to 4-‐Hers to use on Tuesday and Wednesday nights starting after spring break. There is open riding as well as contesting events or other organized activities done during this time. It is a great time to get rider and horse comfortable in the arena before fair week.
Rules and Courtesies Riders may not mount until the Project Leader has Arrived!! Do Not Lunge in a ring with riders present Keep Language and discussions appropriate for 4-‐H environment Wear appropriate safety equipment including helmets and boots Provide supervision for children who are not riding Do not race horses into or out of the ring or between them Sportsmanship and Horsemanship are required: (Excessive use of whips, crops or spurs is not part of 4-‐H program. A touch of the spur, a swat with the crop may remind a horse of the rider's demand; however, more than that may cause a rider to be asked to leave and not return to open arena)
The Open Arena Project Leader's Decision is Final!! Contacts for Open Arena Are: Tues: Jeff Alexander 574-‐536-‐3234 Weds: Michelle Cross 574-‐536-‐9489 Project Leader reserves the right to cancel open arena due to weather or condition of arena. They will do so via Facebook/Website as soon as possible. If you have concern of cancellation please call before coming to the fair grounds!
What is Horse Camp???
Horse Camp is for first and second year members and it is REQUIRED FOR MEMBERS WHO PLAN TO PARTICIPATE IN THE WALK/TROT PROGRAM!! Campers bring their horses to the fairgrounds, they eat, sleep and breathe horses. Campers are under the supervision of adult leaders and junior leaders. During the camp experience, the 4-‐Hers learn to correctly groom, tack, wash, safely tie, clean stalls, and much more! Leaders and junior leaders get to know the new members better and make recommendations on progress where the 4-‐Her will find success. 4-‐Hers will be better prepared for fair week after attending camp! **Walk/Trot division eligibility will be determined at Horse Camp. Third year members are expected to show in the canter division (Junior or Senior). After two years, we expect 4-‐H members to progress and participate in canter classes even with a new animal. Members that are not comfortable cantering may participate in halter and showmanship in order to complete their project. This is subject to leaders final decision!! It is not guarenteed that 4-‐Her will be eligible for 2 years of Walk Trot.
Parent/Adult Help Wanted: Parents are needed to make horse camp a success. Parents can help by volunteering to cook for campers or assist leaders in giving the 4-‐H campers a safe and fun camping experience. Do you have a full time job? Ask the leaders what help is needed in the evening hours. Activities continue until bedtime!! Contacts for Horse Camp information: Jennifer Cripe
**Please note: We are here at camp to teach the 4-‐Her about Saddle Club and what to expect during fair week. We are not able or equipped to train horses during this time. All Campers must be able to mount and ride the animal safely at check in. If they can not the 4-‐Her may remain at camp but the parents will be asked to remove the animal from the camp. This is for everyone's safety-‐-‐staff, camper, and animal. Any questions please see Jennifer Cripe or Ashley Holdeman.
WORK SHIFTS-‐-‐Defined and Explained To provide the club with safe stabling, up to date equipment, judges and awards, our club needs each member to contribute his/her time. The greatest need for member participation is during Fair Week.
You will be responsible to sign up for work shifts at our general club meetings. Be sure to write down the times you select! Due by May 15th Fair Week 1) Each 4-‐Her is responsible for 4 workshifts (fair week or outside shows/duties) You must be on time for your shifts. If you cannot make your shift, it is your responsibility to get someone to cover your duties!
Concession Stand Responsibilities ( All ages of 4-‐Her) -‐ Take orders and collect money -‐ Clean assigned area prior to end of shift
-‐ Fill condiments -‐ Assist adults with food preparation
Barn & Ground Duty (3-‐5th grade 4Hers only!) This will meet 4 times throughout afternoon. -‐Sweep the barn and keep aisles clear -‐Clean bathroom -‐Keep horse wash rack/paths/roads free of manure (use the tubs provided) -‐ Pick up trash around barn, show areas and concession stand Please note this is not a 4 hour straight shift it meets short times at 4 different times during day
Show booth duty requirements (All ages of 4-‐Her) -‐ Gates (open/shut) senior level only -‐ Ribbons and Trophies
-‐ Window-‐take paperwork -‐ Set up/take down for events
2) One ADULT per family is responsible for 3 concessions or 1 of other shifts listed below You must be on time for your shifts. If you cannot make your shift, it is your responsibility to get someone to cover your shift duties. Concession Stand Responsibilities (Adult) -‐ Prepare food (fry or grill, must be over 18) -‐ Operate cash register and handle all money Barn Duty Overnight and Barn Boss fills all adult work shift -‐ Only adults can stay overnight (2 men or 2 women at one time) -‐Barn Boss will oversee all barn activities during day-‐check in workers etc. -‐ Keep aware of what is going on in barn and under tents all night
IF YOU D O NOT FULFILL YOUR WORKSHIFTS AS A 4-‐HER OR ADULT YOU WILL NOT B e Eligible for B ox Stalls or Trailer Spots Next Year!
Showbooth-‐this will be approx 8 hours shift -‐Gates -‐Windos/Paperwork -‐Announcing **Example-‐-‐if you sign up for Monday Contesting you will work from 4:00-‐until show is over. If you sign up for Thursday Trail-‐-‐you will help set up trail and then tear down at end as one shift Try to select work shifts that do not conflict with your showing schedule during fair week. Try to sign up for work shifts that are not on days you show.
10 year and Retiring Members need to have all shifts completed prior to Fair Week!
Elkhart County 4-‐H Sadddle Club Completion Project
Essay topic for 2016: Equine Therapy Due by May 15th!!! Example:
Benefits of Massage Therapy/Chiropractor Care/ Horse and Human Therapy (ex. Loveway)
While all members are encouraged to show their horse or pony at the county fari, that is not how the 4-‐H project is completed. Project completion requirements will depend on how many years the 4-‐H member has been in the club as outlined below. All projects must be completed prior to the start of the fair in order to receive passes. 1st, 2nd, and 3rd year Members Club members in their first, second or third year will complete three (3) activities in the Horse and Pony level book. 4th through 10th year Members Club members who have been in the club four or more years will complete their project with one of the choices below: A. Writing an essay on a specific horse topic (chosen by leaders each year-‐-‐topic noted above. (The essay will be a minimum of 300 words and a maximum of 400 words. It may be typed or neatly hand-‐written) B. Performing Junior Leader duties at five (5) meeting (January through May). This requires prior approval and signing of agreement. You MUST attend the junior leader meetings prior to general meetings for training in order to qualify for essay waiver. C. Giving a demonstration or illustrated speech at a club meeting. Demonstrations/talks must be scheduled with a leader prior to the meeting. Any demonstrations at meeting will be without horses.
"TO DO" LIST
1) Complete your 4-‐H member enrollment form on line 2) Pay member dues to County Club (separate from state) 3) Begin raising sponsorship money for your club** 4) Attend Monthly Meetings 5) Participate in Fundraisers** 6) Determine how you will transport your horse to shows/ open arena and fair-‐-‐-‐if you need help ask a leader to see if transportation options may be available with other club members 7) On-‐Line Horse Enrollment-‐-‐ Mandatory to Bring Horse to Fair** 8) Learn Patterns for Classes that require them! Patterns for 4-‐H fair classes will be provided at monthly meetings as they become available, unless they are provided in handbook. Precise Pattern Classes are: Reining Trail Dressage Horsemanship Hunter/Jumper Showmanship Contesting Equitation 9) Inventory Riding Clothes/Equipment so you know what to shop for 10) Vaccinate your horse** Due for all Horses by May 15th! 11) Sign up for your work shifts** Due by May 15th! 12) Work on completion projects** Due June Meeting! 13) Put your name on all equipment being brought to fair
Box Stall Selection Box stall selection will be done at the July meeting when fair packets are picked up. They will be choosen in this order… 1) The ten 4-‐Hers who bring in the most sponsorship income for the club will choose first. 2) 10 year member 3) 9 year member 4) 8 year member and so on until we are out of stalls. This is the most fair system we have come up with to choose stalls. The only way you are guarenteed a box stall if you are a 1st or 2nd year member is to be in the top ten sponsorship income spots. We do our best to meet everyone's needs/wants for a box stall but we are limited on space. If you have an animal that requires a box stall and you are a 1st or 2nd year member you may want to consider trailering the animal in on days that you show.
Where can You find Inexpesive Riding Clothes and Equipment?? Before you shop make a list of what you will need for each class you plan to participate in!! Consult your rule book before purchasing! You will see all varieties of clothing and tack during classes-‐-‐just because you do not have lots of bling or silver does not mean you can not be competitive! 1) The Tack Swap is a great place to purchase gently used items that other members have outgrown or no longer need! Other club members are a great resource to help you choose items you will need for each class! 2) Internet-‐-‐there are lots of websites that sell used clothing and equipment! Ebay and Craigslist are just a few!! 3) Shop the consignment sections at the local tack stores. Often offer great used clothing/ tack at fraction of the cost.
Do Your Homework Before Buying Your First Horse by Doug Householder Seek experienced counsel: Contact a knowledgeable horse owner or professional horse trainer. Check horse magazines for articles written for first time horse buyers. Choosing a breed of horse is your choice: Horses are generally classified into three types. Stock horses: includes Quarter Horse, Paint and Appaloosa breeds. Hunter horses: includes the Thoroughbred and Thoroughbred Crosses. Saddle type: includes Morgans,Arabians and Saddlebreds. Buy the type of horse that fits your desires and your area's horse activities. Registered versus grade horses : Registration papers do not make a horse better than he is. However, registration papers do show the age, markings, parentage,record in some case, and previous owner of the horse. Should you buy a mare or gelding? I recommend purchasing a gelding. Mares are breeding animals. When not pregnant they cycle year-‐round. Riding mares that are in heat can be a problem for young or inexperienced riders. What Age to Buy? Old enough to be well-‐trained and seasoned with several useful years ahead of them. Riding horses are usually trained during their 2,3,4,and 5 year old years and continue through a horse's life. First-‐time riders need horses that are fairly well trained and safe out in the real world. This horse does what he is trained to do for the rider, regardless of the rider's skill level. An untrained horse or a horse with limited training isn't for the beginner. A trained 6 to 12 year-‐old horse is ideal, and even 13 to 20 years old are good. Color is the first thing most inexperienced people consider in the buying process. It should be the last consideration. Regardless of what horse you choose to buy, have the horse vet-‐checked by your veterinarian before you buy it!! *used with permission of Author
Ten Questions to Ask your Vet: February is a great time to have your Vet out for routine vaccinations. This is a good time to discuss your horse's daily care. Here are ten general questions to ask your vet: 1. Is my horse to fat or too thin? 2. What vaccinations do you recommend above the list that is required by 4-‐H? 3. What is the best way to keep my horse worm free? 4. Are there any plants in this area I need to worry aobut poisoning my horse? 5. Are there any supplements I can add to my feed to make my horse's health better? 6. Is the feed I'm giving my horse the best for his age, condition, and use? 7. Is my horse showing any signs of arthritis or other hoof, leg, or joint problems? 8. What's a good time to reach you if I have a non-‐emergency question about my horse's health? 9. How much should I expect to pay each year for vet care? 10. Is there a 24 hour number I can use to reach you if I have an emergency with my horse? Most vets don't keep records of what medications and vaccines are given to large animals. Keep your own records by writing down your horse's name, the date of the vet's visit, and what was done.
What you will need to have completed to get your fair passes on July 11, 2016 **In fairness to all members if you have any of the items missing you will not be given your passes to the fair until the item is completed-‐-‐-‐there will be no exceptions to this rule! Done 1) Enrolled in 4-‐H by January 15 deadline 2) Membership paid to club $45.00 (1st member) $15.00 (2nd child) $10.00 (3+ child)-‐-‐No required Sponsorship this year By May 15th 3) Box Stall Fee $35.00 or Tie Stall $10.00 fees paid-‐request due May 15th 4) Horse Enrolled on State Website by May 15th 5) Proof of Vaccinations by May 15th 6) Essay/Level Book Completed-‐-‐By May 15th 7) Signed up for Workshifts by May 15th
Barn and Fair Rules Lunging your horse during fair or at open shows: Line-‐lunging is to be done by the 4-‐H member (or immediate family member) early in the morning, up to an hour before showing begins. Line-‐lunging will not be allowed once there mounted riders in the arena-‐-‐so plan to lunge EARLY or LATE on show days. **4-‐Her must be present during lunging -‐-‐No Exceptions!!! Exercising your horse: Horses should be excised twice daily for at least 15 minutes. 4-‐H members may only ride their own horse. No double riding. Only ride in designated arenas. Horses are not allowed past the fence on the north side of the barn, and must stay between the paved drives to the east and west of our area. Boots and a helmet must be worn while riding. Barn rules: Do not ride or sit on your horse in the barn or stall. Do not leave any tack on horses while in their stalls. Each stall must have a minimum of 3 inches of sawdust (trailer mats may be placed underneath). No trimming or farrier work is to be done in the barn. No running, yelling, or smoking in the barn. Announce when you are backing a horse out of a stall or coming into the barn so people can move out of the way. Do not dump water at the doors/entryways of the barn (it makes a soggy mess). Do not sweep and push waste out the doors (use a shovel and remove the waste). No strollers, balloons, or wheelchairs in the barn for the safety of ALL. *tie red ribbon in your horse's tail if it kicks out (this is for the barn and for riding as a signal to stay back) Always use a wheelbarrow for removing waste.
Parking Rules for Shows,Clinics, Open Arenas, Drill Team and any other function held at our arena There is to be no parking of horse trailers or tying horses off trees in the West side of the Saddle Club Arenas. There is plenty of parking, if parked correctly, in the South and East sides of the Saddle Club Arenas. We must keep our area clean so this means to pick up manure and hay at every event. We have wheelbarrows in the barn and the manure pit area is always available. We also have tubs for use at wash rack so no manure should be carried down the drain. Please be responsible so we may keep using our own facility without any problems from the Fair Board. When coming to any events with your horse at the Saddle Club Arena we are to be using Gate 5 or 7(fair week) We are not to use Gate 1 or Gate 2. All of this is just reminders for most of our families, so please be mindful of our new members who may not yet know the rules and help each other and give a hand if needed. Fair week you need to park your vehicle in the green lot. If you vehicle is parked along the creek during fair week you will be towed at your expense!
Parking Horse Trailers During Fair Week** 4-‐H Members who show 4 or may days during fair week may request to park a trailer inside the gate in our south lot during fair week. Once requested, tailer spots are assigned based on space availability and rotate each year. The parking is LIMITED and so the advisory board requires that families cooperate and share trailers whenever possible. The back of your tailer needs to be centered and against the stake. There is a 35' Length limit for tailers parked in the south lot. In fairness to all members this is enforced. (Trailer is measured from very front tip to the very back end-‐-‐so measure twice!) It is a FAIR rule that during the week of fair NO GENERATORS of any kind are allowed. NO ONE MAY PLUG IN for electricity/power in the South horse trailer parking area. The only allowed electric hook-‐up is in the campsite area. NO EXCEPTIONS!! See the map of the Farigrounds-‐-‐Locate the "GREEN LOT E" for long term parking-‐-‐you may not park your vehicle inside the fair grounds unless you have a parking tag permitting you to do so. Our club does have desginated parking on the Creekside (that would be the South side of the road leading out of Gate J as marked.) This parking is ideal for hay storage and during the week of fair. You must display your pass to park in this area. Trailer parking request will be accepted in writing at the May and June Meetings
2016 Elkhart County 4-‐H Saddle Club Fair Schedule Saturday July 23rd Vet Check-‐In: 10:00 a.m.-‐12:00 Noon Schooling over jumps-‐-‐TBA JUMPING COMPETITION 1:00 P.M. DRESSAGE 5:00 P.M. Exhibition Classes following
Sunday July 24th Vet Check-‐In 9:00 a.m.-‐11:00 a.m. Fair Parade CONTESTING 6:00 p.m. (approximate) (Barrels and Keyhole)
Monday July 25th ENGLISH HALTER & PERFORMANCE: 9:00 a.m. PLEASURE DRIVING CONTESTING immediately following (Poles and Speed & Action)
Tuesday July 26th WESTERN SHOWMANSHIP & HALTER: 9:00 a.m. CONTESTING immediately following (Flags, Down and Back, & Stake Race)
Wednesday July 27th WESTERN PERFORMANCE : 9:00 a.m. Pleasure, Ranch Horse Pleasure, Horsemanship, Western Reining, & Western Riding FUN SHOW 7:00 p.m. (subject to change if rain date needed for contesting)
Thursday July 28th WALK/TROT TRAIL : 9:00 a.m. TRAIL immediately following 2016 Costume Class Theme:
Friday July 29th WALK/TROT VERSATILITY : 8:00 a.m. (Pleasure/Barrels) VERSATILITY JR/SR: 9:00 a.m. DRILL TEAM PERFORMANCE: Approx 5:30 p.m. RECOGNITION OF OUTGOING 4-‐H MEMBERS: Approx 6:00 p.m.
Saturday July 30th Clean out barn, tear down stalls, clean horse trailer spots CHECK OUT BY 10:00 A.M.-‐-‐MUST HAVE BEEN BOARD APPROVED TO LEAVE EARLIER!!
Fair Check out Procedures Saturday Morning by 10:00 A.M. It has been a long, but great week! Our week can't end until our area is neat and clean. The fairgrounds is very picky on how our area looks when we leave so please understand we will be picky on your area before you can remove your animal or trailer from the grounds. In order for us all to get to go home please do your part in picking up trash, manure and anything you see that does not belong on our grounds. 1) Stalls: If you are in the barn you must remove all saw dust, manure, and decorations from your stall area. Sawdust and manure need to be moved to the manure pit. Stalls need to be swept with a broom . An advisory board member must sign your vet card accepting the condition If your stall is in a tent you do not need to remove saw dust/manure just your personal items. But you still need to have an advisory board member sign your vet card. 2) Tack room: Please remember to take all tack, buckets etc from the barn tack room. 3) Trailer areas must be free of manure, hay, trash, etc. A leaf rake must be used to remove all loose hay from the ground. All trash must be picked up. An advisory board member must sign your vet card before your trailer can be removed from its spot.
Family Fun Show! What is this? Every year we wrap up our season with a carry in lunch (meat and drink provided) and awards presentation for our 4-‐H members. (A list of awards given is provided on last page of the survival guide) The fun on this day starts long before lunch! The entire family is invited to bring their horse and join the fun. There will be fun for all ages! There will be generation gap classes, pee wee classes, lead line classes and so much more! More details will be psoted on the website closer to the date of the Show!
Fall Campout!! What is this? This is a great weekend of saddle club families gathering together to ride, eat, and camp! Potato Creek offers a great place to spend a weekend with friends and horses! We have a carry in dinner on Saturday night (meat provided), group activities, group rides, ribbon rides and more. Sites can be reserved directly with Potato Creek. Finaldate to be announced.
SPECIAL AWARDS The Elkhart County Saddle Club recognizes members and parents for their various accomplishments and dedication. Several awards are given by merit according to specific standards, while others are nominated and chosen according to the established criteria. Nominated awards are denoted with an * and nominations will be accepted by the Advisory board members during the week of fair. The awards will be presented at the annual Saddle Club banquet.
Debbie Fleck Award: These awards were established in 1982 after the untimely death of a former club member. These awards will be presented to the 4-‐H member who accumulates the most points with one animal in the State Fair Gaming Qualifying Classes. Contesting was Debbie; favorite 4-‐H activity. There are four divisions: Sr. over 56", Sr. 56" and Under, Jr. over 56", and Jr. 56" and Under. *Sportsmanship Award: The criteria for this special award is based on the definition of sportsmanship "a person who can take loss or defeat without complaint or victory without gloating and who treats their opponents with fairness, generosity, and courtesy." A person who is easy going or companionable. A person judged according to their ability to take loss, defeat, teasing, etc. In fact, a "good sport." * Most Improved Member Award: The basis for this award will be improvement in one or more of the following areas: riding ability, behavior, attitude, and horse care. The member receiving this award will have at least four years in club activities. Cindy McCluckie Award: This special award was established in 1980 in memory of Cindy, who died of cancer after completing her first year in Saddle Club. It will be presented to a first or second year member who demonstrated outstanding enthusiasm, determination, persistence, positive attitude, courtesy and good attendance. All of these attributes exemplify the young lady whom this award was established. *Ernie Hill Memorial Award: Awarded to a parent who has be exemplary in volunteer work in regards to club activities. *Marilee Keim Leadership Achievement Award: Given to a club member who has shown outstanding leadership in club activities; this person need not be an officer. Alison Hart Scholarship Award: A $100 cash donation will be awarded by the Saddle Club to the recipients college of choice that he/she will be attending. The recipient must be an 8 to 10 year member who has shown marked improvement over the years. Tom Holdeman Award: The recipient is chosen based on consistent involvement in the hunter-‐jumper program of the club at least 3 years and shows a persistent attitude. It is not based on winning or placing. Tom McGraw Award: This award will be given to a 4-‐H member who exhibits a pony, and shows determination and enthusiasm in completing their 4-‐H project. *Saddle Club Award: This award will be given to the club member that best demonstrates the spirit of the 4-‐H Saddle Club, including perseverance and enthusiasm.
HORSE SHOW TERMS Here are some terms that will help you to know the differences between classes and what is being judged.
Showing your horse without any tack other than a halter (not riding), when the judge is judging the conformation of the animal . No pattern posted, the judge will ask for a walk or trot in the arena and then horses will be lined up.
Also showing your horse without any tack other than halter or bridle(for English), when the judge is judging the showman . Pattern is posted and is to be competed in the arena. *Pattern available from 4-‐H leader. This is not a riding class.
In this class the 4-‐H member is riding using Western tack. The judge is judging the rider . The class starts with all contestants taking a turn running a pattern. Then all the horses will be asked to work at least one direction on the rail at walk/jog/lope as a class.
In this class the 4-‐H member is riding using English tack. The judge is judging the rider . The class starts with all contestants taking a turn running a pattern. Then all the horses will be asked to work at least one direction on the rail at walk/trot/canter as a class.
This is a riding class for western exhibitors. The judge is judging the horse/ pony on its way of going.
Hunter under Saddle: This is a class for English/Hunt seat exhibitors. The judge is judging horse/pony on its way of going, Jumpers:
In this jumping class the highest placing goes to the horse that jumps with the fewest faults, and in the case of a jump-‐off the winner will be determined by faults and TIME.
Hunter over Fences: In this jumping class the judge is judging the horse's form over jumps and also looking for correct lead changes. Reining:
This is an established PATTERN class which is published in the Horse & Pony Handbook.
Western Riding: This is an established PATTERN class which is published in the Horse & Pony Handbook. This class requires a minimum of (4) four flying lead changes. Versatility:
A set of variety of classes for one horse/one rider combination to show their versatility.
Western type, stocky build, usually Quarter Horses, could include paints and appaloosas, typically with large head and hind quarters (well muscled)
Typically smaller head, more refined neck/shoulder and hind quarters, includes breeds such as Arabian, Morgan, many gaited horses with collected gaits (may include 1/2 Arabian, etc.)
These are pattern classes at different levels meant to show partnership of horse and rider, set up in an arena with letters around it to show where transitions should take place. 4-‐Hers may use Hunt tack and attire (see rulebook for specifications). Starts Walk/Trot and works up to canter classes.