4-H reports

The Co-operator will publish 4-H reports once a month. Reports can be submitted by the third week of the month by email to [email protected], by regular mail to 4-H Reports, c/o Manitoba Co-operator, 1666 Dublin Ave., Winnipeg, Man. R3H 0H1, or by fax to 204-954-1422.

Happy Rock Horseshoes

For our Christmas party on Dec. 22, we went to Brandon for a horse-drawn sleigh ride with Terry Marshall. After we warmed up at Tim Hortons we went to the outdoor skating oval and skated for about an hour.

At our Jan. 27 meeting we discussed holding an event to celebrate the 100th anniversary of 4-H. We are thinking of hosting a trail ride during the summer. All the members are looking forward to a barrel clinic with Michelle Davey; the date is to be decided. Our club will also be participating in the horse show during the Gladstone Fair in August.

The club communications night was held Feb. 19 at Gladstone United Church. All five members presented their speeches and everyone was able to move on to the Central Plains 4-H Zone Communications on March 16 in MacGregor.

At our most recent meeting on March 5, we met at Megan Hall’s where we had a chili supper, then we travelled to Barry Tully’s, near Marquette, to see how saddles are made. He makes saddles, bridles, reins, purses and other things from leather. We saw the tree of a saddle — the wooden part inside a saddle. He also had a saddle he was working on and we saw how many layers of leather are needed to make it. We also saw lots of reins, bridles and purses that he had finished. The date for our next meeting is still to be decided.

Madison Teichroeb

Rapid City Beef

Our fourth meeting was held Feb. 12 in the library basement. Project books were handed out to the members. Communications was also on the agenda, with judges Ron Kristjansson and Darcy Hickson. Speeches were on various topics such as pets, 4-H projects and school trips. Two members will have to give their speeches in March as they couldn’t be there. After the speeches, awards were handed out: the junior winner was Thijs Vandelamgemheem; the intermediate winner, James Reid; and the senior winner, Laura Horner.

At our March 12 meeting we will be making rope halters, and at our April meeting Ashley George will give a presentation on animal health.

We will be doing the canteen at the high school rodeo in May.

Wyatt Inglis

Fun Fest

The Manitoba 4-H Fun Fest will take place at the Dufferin Agricultural Society Fairgrounds at Carman on July 11 to 13 in conjunction with the annual Carman Country Fair, featuring activities such as horse shows, beef shows, dairy shows, a banquet and a Supreme Showmanship competition, plus multi-purpose competitions, a pool party and a Grand March.

Registration fees are being lowered to make the event as affordable as possible; members bringing livestock will only pay $30 per person while all other members will pay $20. Registration fees include entrance to all activities, one ticket to the banquet, one ticket to the pool party and a souvenir T-shirt. All participants of Fun Fest will also be eligible to win a trip to the Pro Show in Bridgewater, N.S., Sept. 27-29.

This is also the centennial year for 4-H in Canada and some special events are planned to honour the milestone. “We’re inviting former 4-H members to bring us their old 4-H projects to showcase them and share memories,” Fun Fest chairperson Diane Kovar said in a release. “And since we’re running in conjunction with the Carman Country Fair, we have the opportunity to promote 4-H in their parade.”

Registration forms are expected to be online at www.4h.mb.ca by the end of March.

Deere scholarships

John Deere Canada is sponsoring a scholarship program for the 2013-14 school year to mark its long-standing support of 4-H, as well as 4-H Canada’s centennial anniversary.

John Deere Canada will match funds with 11 John Deere dealers in seven provinces to award up to 12 scholarships of $2,000 each to 4-H members.

To qualify for the program, applicants must be entering their first year of post-secondary education or currently be enrolled in an undergraduate program in the 2013-14 school year, and must be a current member in good standing of 4-H Canada. Preference will be given to students majoring in agriculture, engineering, business or an agriculture technician program.

“We are very pleased to be able to celebrate our long-standing partnership with John Deere Canada and the 100th anniversary of 4-H in Canada in such a meaningful way,” Roger Shier, interim CEO of 4-H Canada, said in a release. “This scholarship program helps 4-H youth pursue their dreams and their studies, and ultimately become leaders in agriculture and other industries.”

Manitoba Deere dealers now participating in this program include Enns Brothers, Greenland Equipment and Greenvalley Equipment.

The Deere scholarship program is administered by the Canadian 4-H Council, which also will choose the scholarship recipients. Applications and additional information can be found at www.4-h-can ada.ca. Applications will be accepted until May 31, 2013 and up to 12 scholarships will be awarded, depending on dealer participation and the number of qualified applicants.

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