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Delaware 4-H Equine Art Contest

General Information:

1. Entries must include the image of a horse or horses, ponies, donkeys or mules.

2. Artwork and photographs must be the original work of the entrant. The work must have been completed during the current 4-H year (since Sept. 1, 2021)

3. Contestants may submit more than on entry. Each entry must have a separate entry form when submitted.

4. Artwork must be fully completed and dry when submitted.

5. The Delaware 4-H Horse Advisory Committee respectfully requires the permission of the artists to reproduce their entries in future promotional publications or articles which advertise the winners, promotes future contests or 4-H equine activities.

6. The Delaware 4-H Horse Advisory Committee will make every effort to protect the artwork while on display, however the artwork will be displayed in a public venue and 4-H members enter their artwork at their own risk.

Eligibility:

1. Contestants must be 4-H members that are currently enrolled in the Delaware 4-H program.

2. 4-H members must be between the ages of 5-19 years old as of January 1, 2022.

3. Age divisions (age as of Jan 1, 2022) are as follows:

– Cloverbud (5-7 years old) – Intermediate (12-14 years old)

– Junior (8-11 years old) – Senior (15-19 years old)

4. Awards for 1st-6th place will be presented for each category in each age division. A Best in Show Champion and Reserve Champion will also be chosen and presented with rosettes and medallions. Cloverbuds will receive participation awards only.

5. A maximum of 2 entries per individual, per class will be accepted.

6. Entries that do not comply with entry specifications will be disqualified.

 

Delaware 4-H Equine Art Contest Classes:

1. Drawing- Pastels/Charcoal/Graphite/Colored Pencil – ABSTRACT The artwork itself may be no smaller than 8”x 10” and no larger than 11”x 17”. Must be mounted (backed) on a mat board, which is available at most craft stores (no foam core board or construction paper) and must be protected with plastic wrap or cellophane to prevent smearing.

2. Drawing- Pastels/Charcoal/Graphite/Colored Pencil – REALISTIC. The artwork itself may be no smaller than 8”x 10” and no larger than 11”x 17”. Must be mounted (backed) on a mat board, which is available at most craft stores (no foam core board or construction paper) and must be protected with plastic wrap or cellophane to prevent smearing.

3. Drawing- Pen/Ink/Markers/Crayon – ABSTRACT The artwork itself may be no smaller than 8”x 10” and no larger than 11”x 17”. Must be mounted (backed) on a mat board which is available at most craft stores (no foam core board or construction paper) and must be protected with plastic wrap or cellophane to prevent smearing.

4. Drawing- Pen/Ink/Markers/Crayon – REALISTIC The artwork itself may be no smaller than 8”x 10” and no larger than 11”x 17”. Must be mounted (backed) on a mat board which is available at most craft stores (no foam core board or construction paper) and must be protected with plastic wrap or cellophane to prevent smearing.

5. Painting- Oil/Acrylic/Watercolor – ABSTRACT The artwork itself may be no smaller than 8” X 10” and no larger than 11” X 17”. Must be mounted (backed) on mat board, which is available at most craft stores (no foam core board or construction paper).

6. Painting- Oil/Acrylic/Watercolor – REALISTIC The artwork itself may be no smaller than 8” X 10” and no larger than 11” X 17”. Must be mounted (backed) on mat board, which is available at most craft stores (no foam core board or construction paper).

7. Photography- Color digital or 35 mm film The same photograph may not be entered in both the Color and BW category. Photos should be 5” X 7” or smaller and mounted (backed) on mat board not to exceed 6” x 8” total dimensions (no foam core board or construction paper).

8. Photography- Black and White digital or 35 mm film The same photograph may not be entered in both the Color and BW category. Photos should be 5” x 7” or smaller and mounted (backed) on mat board not to exceed 6” x 8” total dimensions (no foam core board or construction paper).

9. NEW! Cartoon- Single frame or Strip Artwork done in any medium. Must tell a short story or make a point. Exhibitor must use his/her own illustrations. The artwork itself may be no smaller than 8” X 10” and no larger than 11” X 17”. Must be mounted (backed) on mat board, which is available at most craft stores (no foam core board or construction paper).

10. NEW! Mixed, Altered Media, Other – Collage, Paper, Paint, Fun Foam, Felt, Metal, Wood, Leather, Combined Mediums, Altered Horse items, etc. Artwork combining several types of mediums. Artwork that does not fit any other category. Use your imagination! If artwork is to be hung, it may be no smaller than 8” X 10” and no larger than 11” X 17”. Must be mounted (backed) on mat board, which is available at most craft stores (no foam core board or construction paper). If artwork is for tabletop, it may be no smaller than 6” x 6” x 6” and no larger than 11” x 17” x 17”.

 

Entries:

Entries must be brought to county offices by Monday, May 9, 2022. Entries will be displayed and judged in Chick’s retail store in Harrington, Delaware by May 16, 2022. Entries will remain on display for the month of May and first week of June and will be returned to county office for pick up by the middle of June.

2022 Delaware 4-H Equine Art Contest Entry Form

Virtual Delaware 4-H Horse Bowl Contest

Online Competition Conducted Between April 15-24, 2022

Preregistration Required- Registration Open 3/21/22-4/8/22

(Registration link at bottom of post)

 

General Rules, Regulations and Entry

1. Selection of Teams, Contestants, and Eligibility

A. Youth must be currently enrolled members of the Delaware 4-H Program. Youth can compete in both the individual and team categories. The same score will be utilized for both categories.

B. Team entries must consist of three (3) to four (4) members each. Teams may be comprised of members from multiple 4-H clubs and/or across counties. We will do our best to create teams for those members who wish to compete as part of a team and do not have a team within their club.

C. All contestants must have passed their 8th birthday and must not have passed their 19th birthday as of January 1st of the current year.

D. Contestants may not have participated in a previous National Horse Bowl Contest as an official member or alternate.

E. Contestants must be entered in the appropriate age division (as of 1/1/22): 8-10, 11-13, 14-19.

Any team whose members come from two age groups must compete in the older group.

 

2. Questions may be from:

· 4-H Horse Manuals (blue cover 2015 version)

“Giddy Up and Go”, “Head, Heart and Hooves”, “Stable Relationships”, “Riding the Range,” “Jumping to New Heights,” “Horse Project Helper’s Guide.,” and 4-H Horse curriculum corrections found on-line at www.n4hccs.org. 2015 version 4-H Horse Manuals

Cooperative Extension Education in Agriculture and Home Economics, University of Delaware, Delaware State University and the United States Department of Agriculture cooperating. Distributed in furtherance of Acts of Congress of May 8 and June 30,1914. It is the policy of the Delaware Cooperative Extension System that no person shall be subjected to discrimination on the grounds of race, color, sex, disability, age, or national origin

· In addition to the 4-H Horse Project manuals:

Age 8-10: Horse Care for Kids, by Cherry Hill

Age 11-13: Your Horse, a step-by-step guide to horse ownership, by Judy Chapple (and age 8-10 material).

Horses and Horsemanship – by Ray Antoniewicz, National 4-H Council

Age 14 and older: Storey’s Horse-Lover’s Encyclopedia, edited by Deborah Burns (and  age 8-10 and 11-13 material).

Horse Science- by Ray Antoniewicz, National 4-H Council

 

Questions will be comprised from the following three categories:

· Regular questions (worth 1 point each).

· Toss-up questions (worth 1 point each) The only difference between a regular and a toss-up question would be that toss-up questions would have a bonus question attached to each and, in general, would be somewhat more difficult than the regular questions.

· Bonus questions (worth a pre-determined 1-3 points); Bonus questions will be offered only if a toss up question is answered correctly.

The Qualtrics online platform will be used to administer the contest and will be open for completion between April 15-24, 2022. The system will close at midnight on the 24th. Youth may only complete the contest one time. Youth must complete their own work without any outside assistance (adults, other youth, the internet, reference books etc.)

3. Entries

Youth must be pre-entered to compete in the contest. Entries must be made online via the University of Delaware IdLoom system and will be open between March 21 and April 8.

A valid email address that is used regularly should be used at the time of entry. This email address will receive the contest information and link.

There will be no entry fee for the 2022 contest.

Teams must be preregistered in order to compete in the 4-H Horse Bowl. Entries will not be accepted during the contest. If you have registered for the Horse Bowl, you will receive an email confirmation prior to the start of the contest.

4. Scoring

Individual scores will be calculated based on the number of correct answers Team scores will be calculated by adding the top three scores from a four-member team and dropping the lowest score. In a three-member team, no low score will be dropped.

5. Awards

Awards will be presented to the top placing individuals and teams in each category. The Danish system will also be utilized to present individual awards beyond the top placing individuals. Danish system awards will be based on the following scale:

· Blue (90% or greater correct)

· Red (75%- 89% correct)

· Yellow (74% and below correct)

6. Rules

A. Youth must complete their own work without any outside assistance (from parents, leaders, other members and teammates, internet searches, reference books, etc.) If special accommodations are needed to complete the contest in this virtual format, please contact Susan Garey truehart@udel.edu or (302)730-4000.

B. In order to assist with creating a sense of competition in a virtual format, participants will not be able to return to questions.

C. In order to assist with creating a sense of competition in a virtual format, the questions will auto advance to keep participants from lingering too long on a single question. Youth will have a maximum of two minutes to answer each question before it auto advances.

 

Register HERE

If you have special needs that need to be accommodated, please contact the office two weeks prior to the event so that we can make alternate arrangements

Junior Leader Weekend – March 4-6

Join our 4-H Jr Council leaders for a fun-filled weekend at Camp Country Center in Hockessin.  The weekend will include team building and leadership workshops and activities as well as fun and games.  A campfire will end our days (weather permitting).  The fun starts at 6:00 PM on Friday and wraps up at noon on Sunday.  The cost of the weekend (including 4 meals) is $30.  This weekend is limited to 22 youth, ages 13+, so register asap!

Date: March 4-6th, 2022
Time: 6:00 pm
Place: 1051 Sharpless Rd Hockessin DE – STEM Lodge
Cost: $30
Checks payable to: University of Delaware
Registration Due: February 25, 2022
For more information contact: Jenny Trunfio at jtrunfio@udel.edu

Register HERE

Camp Scholarships

Apply now for a scholarship toward the cost of one of our summer camps. Forms are due, either via the online form or physically in to the NCC Office by Friday, February 4. If sending in to the office, you can fax to 302-831-8934 or mail to NCC 4-H, 461 Wyoming Rd., Newark, 19716.

We will contact scholarship recipients as soon as possible.

Online 2022 4-H State Camp Scholarship Application

Online 2022 4-H Day Camp Scholarship Application


Printable 2022 4-H State Camp Scholarship Application Form

Printable 2022 4-H Day Camp Scholarship Application Form

Upcoming National Youth Summits- In-Person!


National Youth Summit on Agri-Science
March 10 – 13, 2022

The Delaware 4-H Program will support two (2) Delaware 4-H youth and one (1) volunteer leader/staff chaperone to attend the National Youth Summit on Agri-Science.

At the National Youth Summit on AgriScience high school students interested in becoming Champions for Agriculture in their communities will gain knowledge and skills in agri-science related to the production of food, feed, fuel, and fiber, especially in the rapidly emerging areas of animal and plant sciences and technologies, learn about challenges facing agriculture, interact with agricultural scientists, researchers, leaders, politicians, and advocates, and increase awareness of career opportunities and pathways in agriculture. Students are trained to create action plans to implement in their communities and teach other youth about what they have learned. The structure of the summits maximizes the amount of hands-on learning experiences and translates that learning to direct outcomes.

This Summit is open to any high school student in grades 9-12 as of September 2021.

Delaware 4-H members must complete an application (attached) to be considered to attend the conference.

This application is due to the State 4-H Office by Wednesday, December 15, 2021

Mail or email application to:
State 4-H Office
531 S. College Avenue
113 Townsend Hall
Newark, DE 19716
Email: de4h@udel.edu

2022-Agri-Science-Summit-Application

Holiday Giving Tree

             

It’s that time of year again! The Christmas tree for Friendship House donations is up in the New Castle office. Stop by anytime during normal business hours by December 17th and drop off a donation of gloves, hats, and scarves for either adults or children.

Your generosity is greatly appreciated!

2022 National 4-H Conference

April 2022- Date TBD

National 4-H Conference is the annual premiere national civic engagement opportunity for 4-H members across the country. Conference is a hands-on, working conference in which delegates participate in a variety of programs and activities.  Participants have the opportunity to practice and apply in a real world setting their newly developed and refined skills.

Who can apply?  Delaware 4-H’ers in good standing, currently in their sophomore or junior year of high school are encouraged to apply.

How do I apply?  All 4-H’ers interested in applying must submit a completed application to the State 4-H Office by the deadline.  A completed application includes the general information page, open-ended questions and a one-page essay.  In addition to the application, applicants will be asked to participate in an interview (in person or Zoom, TBD).

When is the deadline?  All applications are due to the State 4-H Office no later than Wednesday, December 15, 2021.  This is a firm deadline and applications must be received by 4:00 pm on the due date in order to be considered.

Can I apply more than one time?  If you have applied previously and were not accepted, you may apply again provided you still meet the eligibility requirements.

For more information about National 4-H Conference, including a sample schedule, workshop topics, and more, please visit the website:

http://www.4-h.org/4-h-conference/

If you have any questions, please contact your local county office or the State 4-H Office at
(302) 831-2509.

2022-National 4H Conference_Application

Delaware 4-H Judging Contest Online Training Resources

We encourage all project leaders and 4-H members to review the information related to the many judging contests offered, well in advance of the contest date.  Click on the links below to find the materials available.   Preparation for the judging contests is extremely important; learning, researching, and studying should take place over several weeks to several months. 

If you have specific questions related to a contest or if you are unable to open the link to that contest, please reach out to the contest contact listed.  If you have general questions, or are unsure of whom to contact, reach out to your county 4-H office.  

As a reminder, in order to provide accommodations for youth participants, be sure to communicate any special needs to your county 4-H office 2 weeks prior to the scheduled event.

 

Clothing Judging Contest

Contact: Lindsay Hughes, Lgooden@udel.edu

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1u17RvdqusySohG0mGx1ni-kgwGJ26-ca?usp=sharing

 

Food Judging Contest

Contest Contact: Kaitlin Klair, kklair@udel.edu

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1Ss-00CaIEejcmwXVHIivzlni8imjMTf5?usp=sharing

 

Horticulture Judging Contest

Contact: Jenny Trunfio, jtrunfio@udel.edu

https://forms.gle/VyGrNBEcixuyDUve7

 

Photography Judging Contest

Contact: Jill Jackson, jackson@udel.edu

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1rkWgLaF8P1SJfYsHNTGXhOldpSa4zsDe?usp=sharing

 

Wildlife Judging Contest

Contact: Kristin Cook, kristin@udel.edu

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1oYroIPhMqncb-Un3M-fIelEddXZ-DD4u?usp=sharing

Below are the links to the studying resources we came up with for Wildlife Judging 2022. They are games like matching and jeopardy. Please share these with your leaders if you could be so kind. Having these available to the students is our primary goal of creating them.
 

Wood Judging Contest

Contact: Ernie Lopez, elopez@udel.edu

https://forms.gle/Mht2Dr5FajVQM5zU9

Help Plant the Pollinator Garden at Hagley!

Event Date:  Thursday, October 14th    Arrive 3:30 to 4:00 pm

Rain Date, Tuesday, October 19th          Arrive 3:30 to 4:00 pm

 

Staff from Hagley Museum and Delaware Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners will work with youth who attend to plant the various plants in the garden.  I would anticipate we would conclude by 6:00 pm or before.  If a youth can only come for a portion of time, that is fine.  This is a great volunteer activity for any youth and an educational one, also.

Please let us know if you’d like to attend by registering HERE.