- Author: Laura Snell
I just wanted to give a little update on the 2023 Devil's Garden (DG) Colt Challenge. We had 40 youth in 4-H and FFA enroll in the program from 18 counties all over California. This year, weanlings through two year old wild horses were available to participants from the 2022 Devil's Garden Wild Horse gather. Youth picked up their horses around January 1, 2023. A competition will be held on June 17th at the Junior Livestock Showgrounds (8th and Nagle) in Alturas starting at noon for them to compete for awards in halter, showmanship and obstacle course.
Each April we have held a video challenge for youth to show us how far they have come with their horses. This was a great activity during Covid but has continued to be a highlight and opportunity to share more about our youth and their horses with partners and interested parties. Videos were evaluated on 4 criteria: Creativity, Horse Behavior, Trainer Ability, and Grooming. The winners this year are below, please enjoy watching their videos. All three winners are 4-H'ers this year!
Thank you for your support of this program and the unique opportunity it provides for youth in California. Please feel free to share this with other contacts that may be interested in the success of this program as well.
Zoey and Ginger: Fresno County, Reedley 4-H
Anika and Rusty: Contra Costa County, Brentwood 4-H
Aubrielle and Mystic: Shasta County 4-H
Advice for the Home Gardener from the Help Desk of the
UC Master Gardener Program of Contra Costa County
Client's Request: I'd like to feed my horses with Orchard Grass Hay. I'd like to be assured that it is "safe" for the horses and get it tested and analyzed to assure that it is "safe". Can you point me to labs that do that type of testing?And does UC do that type of testing like other states do?
Help Desk Response: Thank you for calling the UC Master Gardener Program Help Desk. You asked about finding a testing facility for your orchard grass hay. The University of California does not provide this testing service outside of their own research, but here is some information below that may be helpful to you.
The National Forage Testing Association has a list of certified labs, some of which are in California:
Here is an article from the Western Farm Press listing the California labs.
Also, an internet search 'Hay analysis for horses' came up with a number of good sites, including those from horse journals and university extension websites, with information on this subject.
If you contact one of the above certified labs, they will advise you on how to collect and submit the samples.
I hope this is helpful, and that your horses are in the best of health!
Help Desk of the UC Master Gardener Program of Contra Costa County (SMW)
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Our Placer County 4-H youth are very talented riders and win a number of division awards and classes in the state competitions each year.
Every year the Placer County 4-H Horse Coordinator Group hosts a Fair Show in May. In addition to earning show awards, this show allows riders to qualify for the California State Classic and California State Fair.
The California State Classic has large and competitive classes. Winning 1st (Champion) or 2nd (Reserve Champion) is a big accomplishment, and Placer County had 24 Class Champions and 10 Class Reserve Champions! In addition to the Division Champions, two others won Class Champion or Reserve Champion.
At the California State Fair, Placer County 4-H had 11 participants representing 3 different clubs. For the second year in a row, our Placer County 4-H youth won the high point buckles in all three divisions (Novice, Junior and Senior).
In all, Placer County 4-H youth won 23 Class Champions and 12 Reserve Champions.
Two of our youth won the Equine Challenge contest – Julia F. won Senior Division and Supreme Champion (winning scholarship awards) and Kate W. won the Junior Division.
For a second year in a row, Jaxon W. won the 2016 Out of County High Point Buckle at the Sacramento County Silver Buckle Show Series
We are very proud of all of them and the hard work, time and dedication they put into their learning and success.
- Author: Alyssa Sankey
The Senior State Winner(s) at the 2016 California State 4-H Horse Classic in the demonstrations and public speaking and the top four individuals in Horse Judging, Hippology and Horse Bowl will be given the opportunity to represent California at the Western National 4-H Horse Classic in January 2017 in Denver, Colorado.
If you are interested in coaching one of these teams, please fill out and submit an application to Alyssa Sankey, email@example.com by 5:00 pm on August 3, 2016. For more information visit: http://4h.ucanr.edu/4-H_Events/Horse_Classic/Western_National_Roundup/.
- Author: Sarah Watkins
2015 State Horse Field Day
February 28, 2015
Early Registration is:
$10 for 4-H Youth/Adults
$15 for non 4-H youth/adults
Please pay with a credit card or check
Walk-ins are Welcome-$15/$20
9:00 – 9:30 a.m. Arrive at Fresno State, pick up schedules & maps,
9:30 – 9:45 a.m. Welcome and introductions
10:00 – 10:45 a.m. 1st session
11:00 – 11:45 a.m. 2nd session
12:00 – 12:45 p.m. Lunch
1:00 – 1:45 p.m. 3rd session
2:00 – 2:45 p.m. 4th session
3:00 – 3:45 p.m. 5th session
4:00 p.m. Wrap up
Confirmed trainers/tour/demos: Elizabeth Paxson-Trail and Showmanship Clinics
We will have a youth and adult track.
Youth and Adults both need to register.
Register here: http://ucanr.edu/survey/survey.cfm?surveynumber=13534/span>