Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Camp Registrations Going Well

4-H Camp registrations are now being accepted, and numbers are looking good! Be sure to get your forms in if you want to go this year!!!

Consider Hosting a 4-H'er from Japan!

Host families are needed July 22 to August 18 for 4-H youth from Japan who are coming to Virginia. Boys and girls ages 12-16 will visit and want to stay with your family, share your traditions, and see what American life has to offer. Host families with children ages 11-17 are eligible to host. You need not do anything extraordinary or expensive while the delegates are here; simply share your life with them. Please consider this great experience! Contact the Extension Office for a list of available delegates. We have information regarding age, hobbies, allergies, and desires while in the U.S.

Horse Members Fare Well in State Contests

Members of the Bit and Bridle and HoofMates Clubs attended the Block and Bridle Horse Events Weekend recently. Award winners include:

Delaney O'Donnell--Hippology: Junior 4-H High Individual Overall, 1st in junior ID and judging, and 1st place junior exam; Horse Judging: 5th place individual, 1st place junior team performance, and 4th place junior team overall

Autumn Smith--8th place team performance division, 9th place team overall

Ashleigh Ramey--Hippology 1st overall Sr. FFA division, 1st in stations and judging, 2nd in test and slides, 3rd place team, and in Horse Judging: 1st in Halter Division judging, 4th in reasons, and 4th overall FFA Senior

We are so proud of our horse competitors. They have been working hard during these winter months in preparation for various contests.

Monday, February 15, 2010

One Week Countdown...

Next Monday, February 22, is the first day for 4-H Junior Camp registrations!!! Are you excited? We are! "4-H Remembers When in 2010" is this year's theme. Prepare to rock out in the 80s, learn about the Civil Rights Movement of the 60s, and sock hop to 50s music. Junior camp will be held June 13-17 in Front Royal. Registrations and $50 deposit are due April 1st, but don't delay because camp usually fills to capacity. Total camp cost is $210 this year; scholarships are available for those with financial need. Brochures will be available online by the end of the week and will be mailed to all of last year's campers. Call the Extension Office (672-1361) to request a brochure be mailed to you.

Bit & Bridle Members Post Impressive Performance at NE District Horse Contests

Pictured, L to R: Delaney O'Donnell, Kaci Meads, Charlotte Manvell

Reported by Charlotte Manvell, B&B Reporter:

Three local 4-Hers participated in the Northeast District Hippology/Horse Bowl on February 13, 2010. The event was held in Hanover, Virginia. The participants are members of the Bit ‘n Bridle Club, Orange County 4-H.

The three girls were Delaney O’Donnell, Kaci Meads, and Charlotte Manvell. As a team they won third place in the Junior Team Problem. Delaney O’Donnell won first place in Junior Slides, Junior Written Test and first place in Junior Hippology overall. Charlotte Manvell won first place in Junior Horse Judging.
For the afternoon’s Horse Bowl event, the 4-H'ers, took fifth place with a total of 12 points.

Congratulations to this team!

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Office Closed Friday, February 5th

All Orange County government offices will be closed Friday, February 5, due to the expected snow storm. The Extension Office follows the county opening/closing schedule. Stay safe this weekend!!!

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Help Available for 4-H Record Books

There will be a record book help session the first Monday of each month from now through summer for those who wish to get help with the 4-H record books. Please call the Extension Office to pre-register for these 4:00 p.m. sessions. Dates will be March 1, April 5, May 3, and June 7. Please bring your record book, a pencil, calculator, and any questions that you have.

Remember, up-to-date record books are REQUIRED this year when you submit entry forms for the Orange County Fair or the state 4-H horse show. Up-to-date means that all sections to that point must be complete, including feed records, show records to date, equipment inventory, goals, cover page, etc. Photos and the project story do not have to be included, but of course, it's suggested that you do these if possible. Let Kaci know of any questions.

Saturday's District Horse Judging Contest Cancelled due to Weather

The Northern District 4-H Horse Judging Contest scheduled for Saturday, February 6th, has been cancelled due to the forecasted snow storm. There will not be a spring make-up date, though the district horse council may try to host a fall judging event. Also, the horse council meeting for tonight has been cancelled.