Bits & Pearls 4H Club    

      Bits & Pearls 4-H Club   

               Spotsylvania, VA         

The emphasis of Virginia's 4-H Horse and Pony program is on equine selection, nutrition, management, riding, recreation, fun, and horsemanship. Horseback riding provides an outdoor sports fitness program for physical, personal, and emotional development, including confidence building. The sport can develop into a life-long hobby or business. Projects are available for youth owning or having access to horses, and also for youth not having access to horses (horseless horse projects).


For information of the Virginia 4H Horse and Pony Program please click the link below:

http://www.ext.vt.edu/topics/4h-youth/horse/index.html  


For Information on the Spotsylvania 4H Program please see the links below:

http://offices.ext.vt.edu/spotsylvania/programs/4h/

Like us on facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Spotsylvania-County-4-H 


If you wish to join 4H there is a new online enrollment system in place for 2015.  Please follow the link below.  We are always welcoming new members and encourage you to come visit us at a meeting to see if our club is something you would like to join.

http://virginia.4honline.com 


Wondering about age requirements? Here is a great calendar to help.

https://sedr2hc.files.wordpress.com/2014/08/agecalendar.jpg 



Horse Project Books and Information:


Projects are available for youth owning a horse, having access to horses, and even to youth without horses!


4-H HORSE PROJECT GOALS
  • To develop leadership abilities, build character, and assume citizenship responsibilities.
  • To experience the pride of owning a horse or pony and being responsible for its management.
  • To develop an appreciation of horseback riding as a healthy and wholesome form of recreation.
  • To learn skill in horsemanship and to understand the business of breeding, raising, and training horses.
  • To increase knowledge of safety precautions needed to prevent injury to one’s self, others, and their mounts.


Horse projects MUST be declared by MAY 1st. Please make sure you have turned in your completed declaration form along with color photos of your project horse by the April meeting.  You may declared as many projects as you want but you can only take ONE to the State Show.


Horse Project Declaration Form - http://pubs.ext.vt.edu/406/406-125/406-125_pdf.pdf 


Horse Project Books:

Sr. Project Book - http://pubs.ext.vt.edu/406/406-123/406-123_pdf.pdf  

Jr. Project Book - http://pubs.ext.vt.edu/406/406-122/406-122_pdf.pdf  


Horseless Project Books:

Unit 1 - http://pubs.ext.vt.edu/406/406-120/406-120_pdf.pdf 

Unit 2 - http://pubs.ext.vt.edu/406/406-105/406-105_pdf.pdf 

Unit 3 - http://pubs.ext.vt.edu/406/406-093/406-093_pdf.pdf 

Unit 4 - http://pubs.ext.vt.edu/406/406-094/406-094_pdf.pdf 


Horse Judging Project Books:

Book 1 - http://pubs.ext.vt.edu/4-H/4H-316/4H-316-pdf.pdf 

Book 2 - http://pubs.ext.vt.edu/4-H/4H-317/4H-317-pdf.pdf 


State Show Rule book and Entry Form - http://www.ext.vt.edu/topics/4h-youth/horse/events/state-horse-show/rulebook/15-rulebook/15-horse-show-rulebook.html




THE 4-H HORSE CLUB PLEDGE

I pledge . . .

 

My HEAD to clearer thinking.

Working with animals provides mental relaxation from schoolroom studies and at the same time stimulates quick thinking and alertness.

 

My HEART to greater loyalty.

The close bond of comradeship that develops 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 of others.

 

My HANDS to larger service.

Skillful hands are a must for a horseman. It is the touch of the hands on the reins that telegraph the rider’s wish to his mount.

 
My HEALTH to better living.

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

 

For my CLUB, my community, my country, and my world.

The associations and varied activities in 4-H Club work provide many opportunities for young people to prepare themselves for active participation in the social and economic life of their community.