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Delaware 4-H Member Attends National 4-H Dairy Conference

4-H‘er Lake Vasey of the Pure Country 4-H Club in Kent County is currently attending the National 4-H Dairy Conference on the University of Wisconsin campus in Madison, Wisconsin.  While there, Oliver is participating in dairy science workshops and field trips along with approximately 200 other dairy project members from across the United States and Canada.  Exploration of dairy related careers, dairy production, marketing, genetics and production and processing of dairy products are a few of the subjects they will be exposed to.  In addition, he will also have the opportunity to spend a day at the World Dairy Expo.  Oliver is being chaperoned by New Castle County 4-H Agent Betsy Morris.  Special thanks to the Delaware 4-H Foundation for funding this leadership and dairy science experience for our 4-H members!  If you are interested in attending National 4-H Dairy Conference next year and have three years of dairy project experience, applications will be due May 1, 2018!



Delaware Youth Dairy Futurity- 1st Entry Deadline November 13

The first entry deadline for the 2018 Delaware Youth Dairy Futurity is November 13.  The futurity is open to all breed summer calves born between June 1, 2017 and August 31, 2017.  Calves MUST be exhibited by a Delaware State Fair Junior Dairy Exhibitor. Leased animals are eligible and an exhibitor must be named on the last entry on May 1, 2018. The entry form and official rules can be found on the State 4-H Animal Science webpage



Saddle up with 4-H!

The annual State 4-H Trail Ride, sponsored by the State 4-H Horse Advisory Committee, will be held at Redden State Forest Headquarters Tract this year on November 5, 2017 with ride off occurring at 10 am.  This is a fun family event with riders of all ages and levels of experiences.  Non 4-H member horsey friends are welcome!  There will be some volunteer walkers as well to assist our less experienced riders if needed.  Following the trail ride there will be a picnic in the pavilion beginning at 11:30 am.  ASTM/SEI hard hats are required for all riders.  For more information please see the flyer posted on the State 4-H Animal Science webpage To RSVP, please contact Susan Garey at (302)730-4000 or no later than November 1st.


Delaware 4-H Horse of the Year- Deadline November 13, 2017

Have you ever wished that you could have a model of your own favorite horse or pony to cherish forever? Here’s your chance!

Peter Stone of Stone Model Horses ( has volunteered to create a model horse to honor the great horse or pony selected as Delaware’s “4-H Horse of the Year”. The winning 4-H member will be announced at the Horse Bowl contest and awarded their horse/pony model horse at the winning member’s county achievement banquet in fall of 2018.

Any currently enrolled traditional Delaware 4-H member (Cloverbuds are not eligible), can nominate their beloved horse/pony by completing these steps:

  1. Complete the Nomination Form 2018.
  2. Provide Four (4) 4×6” full color photos of your horse/pony in natural light (not in the barn): front, back, left side and right side. Attach to the provided page. These photos will not be returned so make sure you have copies.
  3. Add an essay of 500 to 1000 words written by the 4-H’er (age of 4-H’er will be considered in writing quality). The award will be chosen based on how well the 4-H member can answer the following topic:

“I am thankful for a horse in my life because…”

  1. Should be a horse or pony you have owned or worked with in some way.


    1. Do NOT include your name or the horse/pony’s registered name in the essay.


    1. Use the horse’s unregistered nick name or pet name in the essay.


    1. Not required to own the horse or pony being nominated.


  1. The nomination with the essay must be postmarked by November 13, 2017.

Nomination forms, the scoring rubric used by judges, and more details are available on the state 4-H animal science webpage


Delaware Equine Council Foundation Scholarship- $2000


  • Must be a U.S. citizen and a Delaware resident or Delaware Equine Council member. ($20.00 to become an individual member)
  • Must be enrolled and in good standing in an agriculture, equine, veterinary or vet tech program in the United States.
  • Must submit a typewritten 400-word essay :

“How I plan to use this course of study to further the equine or agriculture industry.”

  • Must complete a typed application and include a transcript of a minimum of one full semester’s grades from an accredited college or university.

All awards are given without discrimination as to race, sex, or creed.

Application deadline is January 31, 2018. Winners will be awarded at the Scholarship Dinner on March 3, 2018.  Questions should be directed to Stan Vonaseck, President at or 302-684-3966 To download the application or for more details please visit:


State 4-H Hippology Contest for Horse Project Members- Contest December 2

The State 4-H Horse Advisory Committee will be holding a Hippology Contest for statewide 4-H Horse Project Members at Rowan Farm in Middletown, Delaware on December 2 from 9:00am -12:00 pm. What is Hippology?  Hippology is an activity that can enhance learning for 4-H members by letting them exhibit their knowledge and understanding of equine science and husbandry in a competitive setting. The term “Hippology” comes from the Greek “hippo”, meaning horse, and “ology”, meaning “the study of”. Participants will be able to demonstrate their experience and knowledge gained in their horse projects, horse judging, horse bowl, demonstrations, and practical horse management.  Contests are typically set up in a station format where participants are asked to complete tasks such as identifying feeds, judging hay, matching body parts with the correct names, putting together a bridle, bandaging a leg, etc.  The contest guide and entry form can be found at

Entries are due November 13th