Friday, April 5, 2019

Virginia 4-H/Dominican Republic Program Openings Available!

The Virginia 4-H/Dominican Republic Program has two “at-large” openings available for interested high school age 4-H members to join the group from Shenandoah and Alleghany counties on the program this year.  The 4-H group will travel to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, during the week of July 16-23, 2019 to conduct a 4-H Day Camp in partnership with Dominican teens, conduct Service Projects in the local villages and  experience the local food and culture.  

At least two Virginia 4-H members will be selected for this program based on an application and a reference letter from their 4-H agent. Spanish language skills are nice to have, but not required.  Teens who have 4-H camp counselor skills are encouraged to apply.  If additional openings are available, more than two Virginia 4-H’ers may be selected to participate.

For more information, and to read blogs from previous years participants, go to this webpage:  Click on Dominican Republic Program.

To apply fill out the application, along with a reference letter from your 4-H agent.  Deadline is April 26. 

Friday, March 29, 2019

Bit N Bridle Club Earns Ribbons at State EquiSmartz Event

The members of Orange 4-H Bit N Bridle have been busy this competition season! Last weekend, they attended EquiSmartz in Lexington, VA, and earned the following awards.

In the Horse Bowl knowledge competition, the Orange juniors finished fourth. Olivia Clary finished eighth as an individual. Lone Orange senior Emily Wright joined forces with Caroline County 4-H, and they finished second as a team Emily was the first place individual, earning $125 cash prize and an embroidered bridle bag. Congrats!

The Hippology contest was held Saturday afternoon, and the Orange junior team placed 5th in team stations, 7th in team horse judging, 1st in team problem, and fourth overall. Olivia Clary was 7th high individual for stations.

Horse Judging took place Sunday. Olivia Clary placed 6th in junior individuals. The Orange junior team placed 3rd in performance, 10th in halter, 9th in reasons, and 8th overall. In the senior division, Orange's Emily Wright again paired with Caroline County 4-H. Their team placed 2nd in halter, 3rd in performance, 1st in reasons, and 2nd overall.

The club will compete again this Saturday in horse communications contests in Stanardsville. Good luck!

Block & Bridle Livestock Results

Seven Orange youth competed in the Virginia Tech Block & Bridle Livestock Contests at the beginning of the month. In the stockman's contest on March 1, Sadie Wentz placed 12th in senior judging and questions. Oscar Wentz placed 5th in junior division judging and questions.

The livestock judging contest was held on Saturday, March 2. First-time competitor Thomas Garth won the junior regular division out of 123 youth! In addition to placing first overall, he was 2nd in hogs, 9th in cattle, and 9th in sheep and goats. In the senior division, Sadie Wentz was 16th overall and 7th in cattle. Salaar Ali placed 19th in sheep and goats, Murray Dickie was 16th in hogs, and Connor Dodson placed 20th in hogs.

Reminder: Junior Beef Roundup Entries Due Tuesday

VA Junior Beef Roundup – Entry Deadline is Tuesday, April 2nd.  Late entries will be accepted until Monday, April 15th, but with a double entry fee of $50.00  This is the link to the FairEntry system where you will enter your cattle and showmanship entries:

Virginia Beef Challenge (held in conjunction with the Virginia Junior Beef Roundup) – Entry Deadline is Friday, April 5th    This link will provide contest information and the link to the online registration form:

State 4-H/FFA Stockmen’s Contest – Entry Deadline is Monday, April 8th.  The electronic entry form is attached, along with the contest rules.  Please complete the form and email to by 5:00 pm on Monday, April 8th.