Survival Guide - Elkhart County Saddle Club

Survival Guide - Elkhart County Saddle Club

2016 Elkhart  County  4-­‐H  Saddle  Club   Survival  Guide SADDLE  CLUB  MEETS: THE  SECOND  MONDAY  OF  EACH  MONTH Find  us  on  Face  Book:    E...

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2016 Elkhart  County  4-­‐H  Saddle  Club  

Survival  Guide

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

Home: Cell:

574-­‐831-­‐3194 574-­‐202-­‐1140

67403  CR  121   New  Paris,  IN  46553

Jennifer  Cripe

Cell:

574-­‐215-­‐7912

68057  CR  3     Nappanee,  IN  46550

Ashley  Holdeman

Cell:

574-­‐354-­‐7403

4-­‐H  Club  Officers President

Allison  Holdeman

Vice  President

Kaitlyn  Eby

Recording  Secretary Corresponding  Secretary

Cara  Brookins Morgan  Alexander

Health  and  Safety

Max  Schroth

Advisory  Board President

Ryan  Eby

574-­‐238-­‐7981

Vice  President

Todd  Hines

574-­‐361-­‐3767

Secretary

Penny  Himes

574-­‐536-­‐8395

Treasurer

Michelle  Cross

574-­‐536-­‐9489

Members

Bill  Holdeman

574-­‐305-­‐1500

Jeff  Alexander

574-­‐536-­‐3234

Casey  Lapczynski

574-­‐360-­‐7808

Stephanie  Freestone

574-­‐202-­‐2176

Scott  Miller

574-­‐538-­‐8735

Fair  Board  Representative

Bill  Holdeman

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

574-­‐533-­‐3247

                                 Elkhart  County  4-­‐H  Saddle  Club  2016 PROJECT

LEADERS

Buildings  and  Grounds

Scott  Miller,  Bill  Holdeman,Jeff  Alexander

Grounds  Beautification

Penny  Himes,Casey  Lapczynski

OP  Agree/Work  Duties/Rules/Policies

Scott  Miller

Events**

Todd  Hines,Jennifer  Cripe,Stephanie  Freestone

Survival  Guide

Jennifer  Cripe,Ashley  Holdeman

Enrollments***

Jennifer  Cripe,  Ashley  Holdeman

Fund  Raising

Casey  Lapczynski,   Todd  Hines,  Pennie  Himes  

Education

Asley  Holdeman,  Jennifer  Cripe,  Ryan  Eby

Show  Committee*

Jeff  Alexander  Ryan  Eby,Kristen  Eby,Mary  Brookins,  Todd  Hines

Technology

Ryan  Eby,Scott  Miller

Concessions

Michelle  Cross

Stalls/Trailer  Parking/Fair  Checkout

Bill  Holdeman,Scott  Miller,  Jeff  Alexander,  Todd  Hines

Drill  Team

 Stephanie  Freestone

Horse  Camp

Jennifer  Cripe,Michelle  Cross,Ashley  Holdeman

Horse  Bowl  and  Hippology

Scott  Miller  and  Ashley  Holdeman

Judging  Team

Rob  Snodgrass

Midstates  Tournament

Jeff  Alexander,Bill  Holdeman,  Casey  Lapczynski

Trail  Ride

Stephanie  Freestone

Open  Arena

Tues:      Jeff  Alexander,Bill  Holdeman Weds:    Michelle  Cross,   TBD

Budget

Ryan  Eby,    Jennifer  Cripe,Michelle  Cross,  Casey  Lapczynski

Future  Planning

Todd  Hines,  Casey  Lapczynski,  Scott  Miller

Work  Duties

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

January

February

March

April

May

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

1/15

Last  Day  to  Register  with  State  for  4-­‐H if  this  is  not  done-­‐-­‐NO  EXCEPTIONS  CAN  BE  MADE!!

1/18

Advisory  Board  Meeting

2/8

Club  Meeting

Sheep/Swine

2/15 2/20

6:00  New  Families 7:00  General  Meeting Fundraiser  Orders/Money  Due Advisory  Board  Meeting Fundraiser  Pick  UP

3/14

Club  Meeting

Sheep  Swine

3/21

6:00  New  Families 7:00  General  Meeting Advisory  Board  Meeting

4/11

Club  Meeting

Showalter  Room

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

Club  Meeting

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

June

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

July

7/9-­‐7/10 7/11

August

TBD 6/13

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

Horse  Bowl**:

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

Judging  Team**:  

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

Drill  Team:

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

574-­‐538-­‐8735 574-­‐354-­‐7403

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

574-­‐215-­‐7912

**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

Completed

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.

Halter:

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.

Showmanship:

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.

Horsemanship:

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.

Equitation:

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.

Pleasure:

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.

Stock  Type:

Western  type,  stocky  build,  usually  Quarter  Horses,  could  include  paints  and   appaloosas,  typically  with  large  head  and  hind  quarters  (well  muscled)

Saddle  Type:

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.)

Dressage:

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.