Delaware Equine Council Offers Scholarships

DEC logoDelaware Equine Council’s contributions to the equine and agricultural community are numerous and the scholarship program is one of the Council’s favorite projects.  This scholarship is awarded to one or more individuals who meet the criteria listed in the DEC Scholarship rules below.

  • Must be a U.S. citizen, or a legal resident alien, and a Delaware resident or DEC member. ($20.00 for individual membership)
  •  Must be enrolled and in good standing at an agricultural or equine course of study or related field, or a veterinary or vet tech program in the United States and have completed, or are about to complete, one full semester.

If you are interested in applying for the scholarship, the process is simple and straightforward.  Please follow this link to the website to download the application http://delawareequinecouncil.org/ScholarshipPAGE.html.  Tell all your relatives, friends, clients about this opportunity.  The deadline for applications is January 31st, 2015.  Be sure to get your application in on-time.  In 2014, DEC awarded five $1000 scholarships to deserving students at their annual scholarship dinner held in March.

HHYF Harness Racing Camp: An Intern’s Perspective

 

Harrington Raceway played host to an overnight youth harness racing camp at the end of June for youth ages 11-14.  This camp represents a partnership between the Harness Horse Youth Foundation (HHYF), Harrington Raceway and the University of Delaware Cooperative Extension. The campers resided at Harrington Raceway for the duration of the camp and spent the majority of their time in the barn working directly with the Trottingbred racing ponies with the guidance of HHYF’s Executive Director, Ellen Taylor and extension staff. In addition, local, professional drivers were present on a daily basis to help guide and instruct campers on the racetrack.

This camp wasn’t just for kids with prior horse experience; it was open to anyone interested in harness racing or horses in general. Although some campers came with a family background in driving horses, others had little to no experience at all. Regardless of experience, every camper participated in and learned about the daily care of racehorses, equipment, harnessing, safety, careers, and even driving the horses on the front track at Harrington Raceway.

As a volunteer with no prior knowledge of harness racing, I came into this camp knowing less than some of these kids. Halfway through day one, I was in the stalls with the camDSC_0156pers showing them proper grooming techniques, how to harness their ponies and even how to braid, which seemed to be a new skill amongst the group. The campers formed groups on day one and rotated between the 7 ponies in the stable throughout the camp. Each day, the groups worked together to complete their daily routine of mucking stalls, grooming ponies, packing feet, harnessing and jogging.  The camp staff and volunteers allowed campers to learn from each other and to teach one another.

After barn activities concluded each day, campers and I took daily quizzes on what we had learned. Some evenings were spent going to dinner, or at a campfire, while others were spent at the racetrack. While at the track, campers had the opportunity to meet some behind the scenes people. Youth were able to go to the announcer’s booth where they listened to the announcer call a race and went next door to view and use the big camera used to broadcast the races. In addition, campers were permitted to go high above the track for a unique view from judge’s booth where they watched a live race and the replay. All campers received temporary Delaware Harness Racing Commission licenses, which allowed them access to the Thurman Adams paddock. An evening in the paddock spent riding in the starting car, water truck and track conditioner was a highlight for many campers.

Another great part of the camp was a trip to Winbak Farm in Chesapeake City, Maryland. Winbak is the industry’s largest single family owned and operated breeding farm. The staff, including head trainer Jeff Fout, took our group around the barns and taught us about training, breeding and the industry itself. Four lucky campers had the opportunity to jog a stallion with Fout at this facility as well.

The camp wouldn’t be complete without the guest speakers that came to speak with the group. Cory Callahan, a professional driver interacted with the campers, discussed driving, his career path and education, and answered any questions the kids had. Dr. Anne Renzetti, V.M.D. also spoke with the campers about health problems and injuries they might see on and off he track. Sandra Polk, a USTA idntifier, explained the freeze branding process and how she kees track of all the horses that participate in USTA events. Lastly, Wayne Truitt took the group through the paddock and explained his job as well as the job of other officials in the paddock, however, the campers seemed to be more interested in learning about all the different fines horses and drivers can receive!

This 5-day hand-on camp ended with campers partnering with professional drivers to race their ponies on the track at Harrington Raceway in between the betting races. The winners of each race had their picture taken in front of the winner’s circle in order to capture the full racing experience.

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The Harness Horse Youth Foundation has been providing youth and their families educational opportunities with harness horses for almost 40 years.  They offer a variety of programs for youth and student groups of any size or interest level. If interested in learning more about the foundation or camps available, visit www.hhyf.org.

State 4-H Horse Show Recap

The 49th Annual Delaware State 4-H Horse Show was held in the Quillen Arena on Friday, July 25 during the Delaware State Fair.  The show is put on by the State 4-H Horse Advisory committee, a group of horse oriented 4-H volunteers with members coming from each county. This year, the highest number of exhibitors in at least the last decade turned out for the event which included 57 horses and ponies. Kennis “Buttons” Fairfax of Livingston, New Jersey judged the show along with the trail judge, Jennifer Dill of Wyoming, Delaware.

Horse show collage

 

Here are the Champions in each of their respective divisions:

Champion Western HorseJacob Blacksten riding Orkies Feature

Reserve Champion Western HorseAlivia Scuse riding Hands Off My Hot Rod

Champion Western PonyHaylee Wells riding Colors in the Mail

Reserve Champion Western PonySamantha Greim riding Arrow’s First April

Champion English HorseMorgan Civita riding Moment by Moment

Reserve Champion English HorseLaura Board riding Jester

Champion English PonyHannah Ziccarelli riding Once in A Blue Moon

Reserve Champion English PonySara Deason riding Churchill’s Supreme Eclipse

Champion Walk TrotPaige Taylor riding Skipster Van Star

Reserve Champion Walk TrotLauren Russell riding Flying Cambatto

Each division champion was awarded an embroidered hay bale bag sponsored by the Delaware Equine Council.  The reserve division champion awards were embroidered duffel bags sponsored by the Delaware Quarter Horse Association

The Betty Niblett Perpetual Trophy was awarded to the exhibitor with the most points acquired in showmanship and equitation/horsemanship.  This year it was awarded to Jacob Blacksten riding Orkies Feature

Individual class sponsors included:

  • All Creatures Veterinary Clinic
  • Anytime Fitness in Smyrna and Camden
  • A Little Veterinary Clinic
  • Bayside Electric
  • Casual Carpet
  • Country Roads Veterinary Service
  • CSJ Equine Dental/Steve Purse
  • Danielle Hill Training Center
  • Equi Health Products
  • Doris and Bob Froelich
  • Gray Fox Farm
  • Holler-N-Hooves 4-H Club
  • Magna Wave Equine Medic- Garry Collins
  • Memory of Robert L. Moore Sr. and Robert L. Moore Jr.
  • William H. Moore
  • A Natural Paw
  • O’Donnell Equine Services
  • Reece Family Miniatures
  • Rowan Farm
  • Jimmy and Sandra Ryan
  • Schlotzhauer Farrier Service
  • Shady Acres Farm
  • Sean and Sandy Tate
  • Gary Simpson Contracting
  • Soap Fairy Inc.
  • Walnut Shade Lawn Care

The Delaware 4-H Horse Advisory Committee is really looking forward to celebrating a half a century of the State 4-H Horse show next year with the 50th annual show!

Delaware 4-H 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.   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 has been on display at the Chick’s Saddlery retail store in Harrington, Delaware during the month of May. 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. Sophia Peterson, Holler-N-Hooves 4-H Club, Kent County
  2. Donna Mullins, Bridgeville Mustangs 4-H Club, Sussex County
  3. Rachel Carey, Bridgeville Mustangs 4-H Club, Sussex County
  4. Mallory Cummings, Bridgeville Mustangs 4-H Club, Sussex County
  5. Cheyenne Bowman, Bridgeville Mustangs 4-H Club, Sussex County
  6. Paige Taylor, Bridgeville Mustangs 4-H Club, Sussex County

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

  • Carter Bradley, Bridgeville Mustangs 4-H Club, Sussex County
  • Ryan Cummings, Bridgeville Mustangs 4-H Club, Sussex County

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

  1. Erin Carey, Bridgeville Mustangs 4-H Club, Sussex County
  2. Jenna Anger, Bridgeville Mustangs 4-H Club, Sussex County
  3. Elizabeth Pallmann, On Target 4-H Club, Kent County
  4. Grace Abbott, The Lord’s Clay 4-H Club, Kent County
  5. Sydney Phipps, New Castle County 4-H Sheep Club
  6. Donna Mullins, Bridgeville Mustangs 4-H Club, Sussex County

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

  1. Hannah Ziccarelli, Hearts-4-Horses 4-H Club, Kent County
  2. Ike Wharton, Buttonwood 4-H Club, Sussex County

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

  • Carter Bradley, Bridgeville Mustangs 4-H Club, Sussex County

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

  1. Piper Biggs, Woodside Emeralds 4-H Club, Kent County
  2. Ryan Cummings, Bridgeville Mustangs 4-H Club, Sussex County
  3. Donna Mullins, Bridgeville Mustangs 4-H Club, Sussex County
  4. Cheyenne Bowman, Bridgeville Mustangs 4-H Club, Sussex County
  5. Rachel Carey, Bridgeville Mustangs4-H Club, Sussex County
  6. Grace Abbott, The Lord’s Clay 4-H Club, Kent County

Drawing- Pen, Ink, Crayon, Markers Ages 12-14

  1. Natalie Burchmoyer, Woodside Emeralds 4-H Club, Kent County
  2. Natalie Burchmoyer, Woodside Emeralds 4-H Club, Kent County

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

  1. Vanessa Gaines, Westville 4-H Club, Kent County
  2. Sydney Messick, Peach Blossom 4-H Club, Kent County
  3. Sydney Messick, Peach Blossom 4-H Club, Kent County
  4. Olivia Gaines, Westville 4-H Club, Kent County

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

  1. Natalie Buchmoyer, Woodside Emeralds 4-H Club, Kent County
  2. Lea Smith, County Line 4-H Club, Kent County

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

  1. Alexander Adriance, Woodside Emeralds 4-H Club, Kent County
  2. Alexander Adriance, Woodside Emeralds 4-H Club, Kent County

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

  1. Sydney Messick, Peach Blossom 4-H Club, Kent County

Best In Show Champion AwardHannah Ziccarelli- Age 18- Hearts-4-Horses 4-H Club, Kent County, Drawing- Pastel, Charcoal, Graphite or Colored Pencil

Best In Show Reserve Champion AwardSydney Messick- Age 8- Peach Blossom 4-H Club, Kent County, Black and White 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 Horse Show Program

The Delaware State 4-H Horse Show will be held on July 25, 2014 during the Delaware State Fair in the Quillen Arena.  Kenny “Buttons” FairfaxDSC00904 of New Jersey will serve as the judge for this, the 49th year of the show.  The show is open to any currently enrolled 4-H members on the Delmarva peninsula.   Cloverbud classes are offered for 4-H members ages 5-7 as of January 1, 2014 and all other classes are open to members ages 8-19.  Pre entry is not required and members can ship in for the day.  A negative Coggins test dated within the last year and a certificate of vaccination for Equine Influenza and Rhinopheumonitis (EHV) within the past 180 days are required to show.  All exhibitors are required to wear an ASTM/SEI-approved helmet whenever mounted or driving.  The entry fee is $6.00 per class.  Past sponsors of the event have included the Delaware 4-H Horse Advisory Committee, The Delaware Equine Council, The Delaware Quarter Horse Association, Chick’s Saddlery and Dover Saddlery.  For a complete set of rules and the prize list, please visit the state 4-H Animal Science web page by clicking on the link below.

http://extension.udel.edu/4h/projects-activities-for-members/4-h-animal-science/