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From: Katie Wagner Roberts
Extension Educator, Youth Development Special Interest (SPIN) Clubs
McHenry County Unit
Hi Lizzy~ I have copied information (below) about Horsemaster from the Horse "Green Sheets" (also available on our county website). If you have further questions, please contact one of the Horse Committee (listed in the county fairbook in the Horse project section). Katie

What is Horsemaster? Horsemaster is a special award given to one junior and one senior horse project member who have shown the most interest and enthusiasm through their participation in all aspects of the horse project. Horsemasters are recognized on 4-H Night during the fair, and presented with a sash and a plaque. Horsemasters will also serve as the horse show color guard on show day.

How do you become a Horsemaster? The junior (age 13 and under) and senior (age 14-19) 4-H members who accumulate the most points will represent McHenry County as the 2008-09 Horsemasters.

1. Attend county-approved clinics. 10 points per clinic; bonus 10 points if you attend all county- approved clinics offered between January 2008 and May 2008.

2. 30 points are awarded to Horse Bowl team members. 10 points awarded for attending the regional or state Hippology contests. 10 points awarded for attending the state horse judging contest.

3. Write a report titled "My 4-H Horse Project – Past Experiences, Future Plans.” Up to 20 points awarded. The report must be turned in to the extension office by June 1, 2008.

4. Appear before a non-4-H group and present a talk on “My 4-H Horse Project." 10 points per presentation, with a maximum of two presentations. A letter from the groups presented to must be turned in to the extension office by June 1, 2008, to verify presentation.

5. Present a Horse Demonstration, Formal Speech or Illustrated Talk at the Communications Mini Fair on Feb. 9, 2008, for 20 points.

6. Answer questions from "HORSES AND HORSEMANSHIP" or "HORSE SCIENCE" books and Level l, 2, 3, 4 or 5 project books. To be done at a special session. 20 points maximum.

7. Contestants must earn a minimum of 100 points in order to qualify as Horsemaster. Contestants’ scores at the annual McHenry County Hippology contest will serve as a tiebreaker.

An individual cannot receive the Horsemaster award in consecutive years.

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