Saddle Up with 4-H! Delaware 4-H Friends and Family Fall Trail Ride

The Delaware 4-H Horse Advisory Committee and University of Delaware Cooperative Extension will again be hosting a fall trail ride for 4-H members and their friends and family on Sunday October 7, 2013 at Redden State Forest headquarters tract.  Ride off will be at 10:00 am and we’ll meet for a picnic lunch at 11:30 back in the pavilion.  The trail is a 4 mile loop that is prefect for young and beginning trail riders.  Side walkers are welcomed.

All riders are required to wear ASTM-SEI approved helmets and boots. Equipment should be in good condition.  Proof of negative Coggins Test and a certificate of vaccination for Equine Influenza and Rhinopneumonitis(EHV) within the past 180 days are required to participate.

Hot dogs, drinks and snacks will be provided to pre-registered riders. All others should bring a bagged lunch and/or snacks

To register by October 5th or for more information contact: Susan Garey truehart@udel.edu or (302)730-4000

This is a public park; riders should adhere to the rules and regulations of Delaware State Parks as well as safety standards provided for 4-H Horse Project members.

Delaware 4-H’ers Compete at the 47th Annual State 4-H Horse Show

47 Delaware 4-H Horse project members competed recently at the 47th Annual State 4-H Horse Show held on July 27, 2012 in the Quillen Arena during the Delaware State Fair. Put on by 4-H volunteers on the State 4-H Horse Advisory Committee, the show offers 4-H members the opportunity to show and learn under the guidance of capable volunteers and judges while having fun at the same time.

Judged this year by Caitlyn Ginn of Earleville, Maryland, members competed in the required showmanship classes as well as horsemanship, equitation, trail, pleasure, driving and fun classes like barrel racing, egg and spoon, dollar bareback and costume.

Champion and Reserve Champion Horse Show awards were presented to the following 4-H members:

Champion Western Horse– Amber Mason- Kent County
Reserve Champion Western Horse– Brittany Blacksten – Kent County

Champion Western Pony– Alivia Scuse- Kent County
Reserve Champion Western Pony – Brittany Blacksten – Kent County

Champion English Horse– Amber Mason- Kent County
Reserve Champion English Horse – Laura Board – Sussex County

Champion English Pony– Kassidy Kohland- Kent County
Reserve Champion English Pony – Morgan Citvita – Kent County

The Danny and Carol Picard Walk Trot Champion award is sponsored by the Picard Family.

Grand Champion Walk Trot – Courtney Sarlouis – Kent County
Reserve Champion Walk Trot – Claudia Little – Kent County

The Betty Niblett Perpetual Trophy is presented to the 4-H member who acquires the most points in Showmanship and Equitation/horsemanship classes. Betty was the President of the State 4-H Horse Advisory Committee at the time of her death and helping kids with horse projects was a passion of hers. The winner of the 2012 Betty Niblett Perpetual Trophy was Amber Mason of the Hollering Hooves 4-H Club in Kent County.

The annual horse show is open to any 4-H member on the Delmarva Peninsula or Delaware 4-H members. Sponsors and supporters of the 2012 show included the State 4-H Horse Advisory Committee, Dover Saddlery, the Delaware Equine Council, the Delaware Quarter Horse Association, the family of Danny and Carol Picard, Jennifer Dill and Toby O’Bryan.

4-H is a community of young people across Delaware learning leadership, citizenship and lifeskills. Join the revolution of responsibility! For more information on becoming a 4-H member or volunteer in Delaware please contact your county extension office:

New Castle County: (302)831-8965
Kent County: (302)730-4000
Sussex County: (302)856-7303

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.

Equine Behavior Short Course Coming this Fall!

The University of Delaware Cooperative Extension is excited to offer a three-evening educational series this fall on topics related to equine behavior. All three sessions will be held at the Paradee Center, Kent County Extension Office in Dover, Delaware from 6:30-8:30 pm. A registration fee and advanced registration will be required. Light refreshments and take home materials will be included as part of the registration fee.

Night 1 on Monday, November 5 will focus around the theme of “Foundations of Equine Behavior” and will cover topics such as anatomy and physiology, the workings of the equine brain, normal or natural equine behavior and learning terminology and how horses learn.

Night 2 on Wednesday, November 7 will focus around the theme of “Handling Behavior Problems” and will cover topics such as stereotypies and dealing with common equine behavior issues. This evening will feature a special guest lecturer, Dr. Sue McDonnell from the University of Pennsylvania’s New Bolton Center who is nationally known as a researcher and speaker on equine behaviors.

Night 3 on Wednesday, November 14 will focus around the theme of “Working Effectively with Equine Behavior” and will cover topics such as positive versus negative reinforcement, a review of current training approaches and common equine welfare concerns.

You may attend just one or all three of the sessions. For more information please contact Susan Garey at (302)730-4000 or truehart@udel.edu or Dr. Carissa Wickens at cwickens@udel.edu

If you have special needs that need to be accommodated, please contact the office two weeks prior to the event.

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.

Delaware 4-H Announces Equine Art Contest Winners

Delaware 4-H members of all ages recently participated in a statewide Equine Art Contest sponsored by the Delaware 4-H Horse Advisory Committee, a group of volunteer 4-H Equine Project Leaders.  Over 70 entries from 30 budding artists were submitted for the contest in the following categories:

  • Drawing-      Pastels/Charcoal/Graphite/Colored Pencil (Abstract or Realistic)
  • Drawing-      Pen/Ink/Markers/Crayon (Abstract or Realistic)
  • Painting
  • Photography-      Color digital or 35 mm film
  • Photography-      Black and White digital or 35 mm film

Entries were divided into age groups for judging.  Awards were given to the top six entries in each category and age group as determined by a group of volunteer judges.  A Best in Show Champion and Best in Show Reserve Champion overall were also chosen from all of the entries.  The artwork is on display at the Chick’s Saddlery retail store in Harrington, Delaware through the end of this month.  Delaware 4-H gives a special thanks to Chick’s for hosting the art display and their support of young people involved in the Delaware 4-H Youth Development Program.

Painting- Ages 8-11

  1. Magdalyn Vrem, Holler-N-Hooves 4-H Club, Kent County
  2. Sophia Peterson, Holler-N-Hooves 4-H Club, Kent County

Drawing- Pastels, Charcoal, Graphite, Colored Pencil Cloverbud Participants Ages 5-8

  • Zoe Cunningham, Harbor Lights 4-H Club, Sussex County
  • Diego Welzel, CDCA 4-H Club, Kent County

Drawing- Pastels, Charcoal, Graphite, Colored Pencil Ages 8-11

  1. Garrett Sarlouis, Harrington Sunshine 4-H Club, Kent County
  2. Magdalyn Vrem, Holler-N-Hooves 4-H Club, Kent County
  3. Stone Davis, Houston Cardinals 4-H Club, Kent County
  4. Elizabeth Pallmann, CDCA 4-H Club, Kent County
  5. Lake Vasey, Houston Cardinals 4-H Club, Kent County
  6. Claudia Little, Holler-N-Hooves 4-H Club, Kent County

Drawing- Pastels, Charcoal, Graphite, Colored Pencil Ages 12-14

  1. Athena Pappas, The Lord’s Clay 4-H Club, Kent County
  2. Alyssa Sentos, Dover Clovers 4-H Club, Kent County
  3. Spring Vasey, Houston Cardinals 4-H Club, Kent County

Drawing- Pastels, Charcoal, Graphite, Colored Pencil Ages 15-19

  1.  Hannah Ziccarelli, Holler-N-Hooves 4-H Club, Kent County
  2.  Hannah Ziccarelli, Holler-N-Hooves 4-H Club, Kent County
  3.  Hannah Ziccarelli, Holler-N-Hooves 4-H Club, Kent County

Drawing- Pen, Ink, Crayon, Markers- Cloverbud Participants Ages 5-8

  • Luke Hopkins, Hollymount 4-H Club, Sussex County
  • Victoria Ida Lingo, Hollymount 4-H Club, Sussex County
  • Rain Vasey, Houston Cardinals 4-H Club, Kent County

Drawing- Pen, Ink, Crayon, Markers Ages 8-11

  1. Magdalyn Vrem, Holler-N-Hooves 4-H Club, Kent County
  2. Summer Davis, Houston Cardinals 4-H Club, Kent County
  3. Grace Hopkins, Hollymount 4-H Club, Sussex County
  4. Claudia Little, Holler-N-Hooves 4-H Club, Kent County
  5. Claudia Little, Holler-N-Hooves 4-H Club, Kent County

Drawing- Pen, Ink, Crayon, Markers Ages 15-19

  1. Hannah Ziccarelli, Holler-N-Hoovers 4-H Club, Kent County
  2. Autumn Sky Shanks, CDCA 4-H Club, Kent County

Color Photography- Digital or 35 MM – Ages 8-11

  1. Kristen Hedstrom, Peach Blossom 4-H Club, Kent County
  2. Kristen Hedstrom, Peach Blossom 4-H Club, Kent County
  3. Kristen Hedstrom, Peach Blossom 4-H Club, Kent County
  4. Summer Davis, Houston Cardinals 4-H Club, Kent County
  5. Kristen Hedstrom, Peach Blossom 4-H Club, New Castle County
  6. Nicole Cannavo, Holler-N-Hooves 4-H Club, Kent County

Color Photography- Digital or 35 MM – Ages 12-14

  1. Ryan Ranalli, The Lord’s Clay 4-H Club, Kent County
  2. Brian Arisman, Porter Gang 4-H Club, New Castle County
  3. Brian Arisman,      Porter Gang 4-H Club, New Castle County
  4. Brian Arisman, Porter Gang 4-H Club, New Castle County
  5. Brain Arisman, Porter Gang 4-H Club, New Castle County
  6. Christie Little, Holler-N-Hooves 4-H Club, Kent County

Color Photography- Digital or 35 MM – Ages 15-19

  1. Justin Travis Sheets, Heavenly Hooves 4-H Club, New Castle County
  2. Justin Travis Sheets, Heavenly Hooves 4-H Club, New Castle County
  3. Brandon Ranalli, The Lord’s Clay 4-H Club, Kent County
  4. Justin Travis Sheets, Heavenly Hooves 4-H Club, New Castle County
  5. Justin Travis Sheets, Heavenly Hooves 4-H Club, New Castle County

Black and White Photography- Digital or 35MM- Ages 8-11

  1. Magdalyn Vrem, Holler-N-Hooves 4-H Club, Kent County
  2. Magdalyn Vrem, Holler-N-Hooves 4-H Club, Kent County

Black and White Photography- Digital or 35 MM- Ages 12-14

  1. Brian Arisman, Porter Gang 4-H Club, New Castle County
  2. Brian Arisman, Porter Gang 4-H Club, New Castle County
  3. Brian Arisman, Porter Gang 4-H Club, New Castle County
  4. Brian Arisman, Porter Gang 4-H Club, New Castle County
  5. Christie Little, Holler-N-Hooves 4-H Club, Kent County

Best In Show Champion AwardHannah Ziccarelli- Age 16- Holler-N-Hooves 4-H Club, Kent County

Drawing- Pastel, Charcoal, Graphite or Colored Pencil

Best In Show Reserve Champion AwardKristen Hedstrom- Age 11- Peach Blossom 4-H Club, Kent County

Color Photography

4-H is a community of young people across Delaware learning leadership, citizenship and lifeskills.  Join the Revolution of Responsibility!  For more information on becoming a 4-H member or volunteer in Delaware, please contact your county extension office:

New Castle County: (302)831-8965

Kent County: (302)730-4000

Sussex County: (302)856-7303

Delaware 4-H’ers Compete at State 4-H Horse Bowl Competition

Seventy-six Delaware 4-H members competed recently in the State 4-H Horse Bowl Competition held at Lake Forest North Elementary in Felton, Delaware. The Horse Bowl event is a knowledge- based, quiz bowl competition. The Delaware 4-H Horse Advisory Committee, a group composed of 4-H volunteers from all three Delaware counties that are dedicated to providing quality 4-H horse programs to members, sponsors this annual event. Members compete on teams of up to four individuals and teams are divided into brackets based on age. 4-H volunteer adult leaders coach young people to prepare them in the months leading up to the competition. Thirty-six Delaware 4-H volunteers assisted with the Horse Bowl event.

The top three teams in each age division were:

Beginner (8-10 year olds)
1st Place- Holler-N-Hooves- Kent County
Team Members: Hayley Halloran, Kassidy Kohland, Claudia Little, Sophia Peterson
Coach: Rosemary Baughman

2nd Place- Little Ponies- Kent County
Team Members: Jessica Bergold, Kenley Cook, Jazz Peterson, Rylee Ridgely
Coach: Jennifer Ridgely

3rd Place- Bridgeville Mustangs- Sussex County
Team Members: Jenna Anger, Gerald Carroll III, Tanner LeCates
Coach: Melissa Layton

Junior (11-13 year olds)
1st Place- East Coast 4-H Riding Club- Sussex County
Team Members: Rebecca Arpie, Mikayla Ockels, Katelyn Records, Garrett Smith
Coaches: Cindy Ockels, Heather Records

2nd Place- New Horizons
Team Members: Kelly Howe, Ashley Hurd, Peyton Ridgely, Ryan Wheatley
Coach: Jennifer Ridgely

3rd Place- Holler-N-Hooves
Team Members: Brittany Cahall, Nicole Canavo, Faith Gorlich, Maggie Vrem
Coach: Rosemary Baughman

Senior (14-19 year olds)
1st Place- Horse Sense- Kent County
Team Members: Molly Johnson, Carissa Lilly, Mikhaela Whitley
Coach: Cara Lilly

2nd Place- Holler-N-Hooves-Kent County
Team Members: Christie Little, Madison Messick, Hannah Ziccarelli
Coaches: Rosemary Baughman, Sharon Little

3rd Place- Buckin Beauties- Sussex County
Team Members: Jackie Arpie, Whitney Records
Coaches: Cindy Ockels, Heather Records

4-H is a community of young people across Delaware learning leadership, citizenship and lifeskills. Join the Revolution of Responsibility! For more information on becoming a 4-H member or volunteer in Delaware please contact your county extension office:

New Castle County: (302)831-8965
Kent County: (302)730-4000
Sussex County: (302)856-7303