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St. Joseph County 4-H Minutes

Horse Council meeting minutes can now be found at http://msue.anr.msu.edu/county/st._joseph/4_h_horse_and_pony

Youth Council

2017 Minutes

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4-H Enrollments

What Is 4-H? 4-H is a fun, learn-by-doing educational program for young people. Its mission is to help youth become self-directed, contributing members of their communities. 4-H is open to all without regard to race, color, national origin, gender identity, religion, age, height, weight, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, marital status, family status or veteran status.

How old do you have to be to join 4-H? The St. Joseph County 4-H Youth Program is open to all youth between nine and 19 years of age by Jan. 1 of the year they will exhibit their completed projects at the St. Joseph County Grange Fair. St. Joseph County offers a Cloverbud  program for youth six to eight years of age by Jan. 1.

Enrollment Procedure: Young people interested in enrolling in 4-H may do so by contacting the organizational leader of the 4-H clubs they are interested in joining and filling out the appropiate enrollment form for that club. Enrollment forms and 4-H fee ($20) must be turned in to the club organizational leader.

Open Enrollment Deadline (for 2017-18 4-H Project Year): Enrollment forms for tenured (returning) 4-H members are due in the MSU Extension Office by Dec. 1, 2017. Enrollment of youth new to 4-H will be accepted through May 1, 2018 (unless the 4-H project animal registration deadline has passed for a given animal project).

Contact St. Joseph County for more information about required forms and due dates.

Cloverbuds and Non-4-H Riding Clarification

Cloverbuds Livestock Policy

The focus of the St. Joseph County 4-H Cloverbuds Program (ages 6-8 as of Jan. 1 of the project year) is on non-competitive, safe and enriching projects that pique young members curiosity and interest in the 4-H project areas. Since safety is of the utmost priority, direct handling of 4-H livestock other than equines or rabbits, is prohibited during any 4-H sponsored activity or club meeting. This policy protects 4-H Cloverbuds from injury, and leaders and other members from potential liability issues.

Cloverbuds are eligible to show one rabbit and/or exhibit in one horse class: Showmanship, Equitation or Gymkhana. Please refer to the Cloverbud Animal Demonstration guidelines at http://msue.anr.msu.edu/county/st._joseph/4_h_still_projects. All Michigan State University 4-H Youth Development rules and regulations apply to Cloverbuds.

Non-4-H Horse Riding

In strictly 4-H sponsored events (such as an all 4-H show or workouts), adults and children who are not 4-H members or leaders may not ride any horse on the premises, even if they are the owner of said horse. 4-H and Michigan State University’s insurance policy covers only 4-H members and leaders, and all riders must fall under this coverage at strictly 4-H events. This policy does not apply to 4-H sponsored open shows.

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