Thursday, December 22, 2016

2017 Horse Eligibility Card

NC 4-H Horse Program Logo
Attached you will find the 2017 Standard Operating Procedures and NC 4-H Horse Program Eligibility Card document.  Please be sure to review the SOP carefully as there are a few changes from last year.  Cards should be turned in to the Extension Office by February 24th.  Names will be cross referenced for registration and attendance at upcoming shows.  If you have any questions, please contact the Extension Office @ 336-372-5597. 

Horse Eligibility Card

Standard Operating Procedures - 2017 Horse Eligibility Card

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

2017 Annual Form Updates

It's time once again to get all those forms updated.  You can find them all below or contact the office and we'll be happy to print off hard copies for you.  Every participant must have updated Enrollment, Medical and Media Releases in order to participate in any 4-H event. Looking forward to a wonderful 2017!!!

4-H Enrollment Form
4-H Medical Release 
4-H Photo Release 

Formulario de inscripcion
Información Médica de 4-H y Consentimiento Informado
Autorización Opcional Para los Derechos de Publicidad  de Fotografías, Videos y Audio

6th Annual Ski & Snowboard Trip

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Who: Youth ages 8+ (under 12 requires a parent/guardian)
When: Friday, January 27th- 3:30 pm - 1 am
Where: Applachain Ski Mountain / French-Swiss Ski College
Cost: $30 Ski - $35 Snowboard This includes equipment & lift ticket.
(**Dinner on your own at the snack bar or $8 for chic-fil-A**)
Deadline to register: Monday – January 23.

We are getting ready to take our 6th annual ski/snowboard trip at the French- Swiss Ski College at Appalachian Ski Mountain in Blowing Rock on Friday, January 27th. All youth ages 8+ (under age 12 requires a parent/guardian present) are eligible to attend. The cost will be $30 for skiing and $35 for snowboarding. Price includes equipment and lift ticket.  Clothing rental will be additional. Dinner will be available for purchase (approx. $8 from Chic-Fil-A) or you may eat on your own at the Snack Bar. You must let us know if you want dinner from Chic-Fil-A when you register.

We will leave the office at 3:30 p.m. and will return around 1 a.m. Spaces are limited so contact the office to register (336) 372-5597.

This is an excellent opportunity for first time skiers and snowboarders!!! The ski college is great with kids and provides first-timer lessons.

To see the slopes live visit:

Ski & Snowboard Registration Form.  

You must also have updated Enrollment, Medical and Photo Releases and pay your registration fee to hold you spot.  Spaces are limited.

4-H Enrollment Form
4-H Medical Release 
4-H Photo Release

Formulario de inscripcion
Información Médica de 4-H y Consentimiento Informado
Autorización Opcional Para los Derechos de Publicidad  de Fotografías, Videos y Audio

December Horse Program Newsletter

The December 2016 Issue of the NC 4-H Horse Program Newsletter is now available.  Visit the link to learn more about  4-H Horse Program events, activities and contests.  Several important deadlines and event details are described in the newsletter.  

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

December Clover News

The December edition of the Alleghany Clover News is now available online.  

Click here to view.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

2017 Judging in January

Hosted by the North Carolina Junior Hereford Association

When:  January 28, 2017
Where:  NCSU Beef Educational Unit
              4505 Mid-Pines Rd
              Raleigh, NC 27603

Entry Form

Entries are due January 20th.

Cost: Participants - $12 for non-NCJHA members / free for NCJHA members coaches - $6 including additional adults

North Central District Winterfest 2017

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When:  January 7, 2017
Where: Guilford County Extension Office
Who: Youth ages 11-18 (must be 11 as of January 1)
Cost:  $20
Deadline to Register:  December 21, 2016

Join us for a day of exciting workshops and fun activities.  We will also be doing service activities and ending with a fun activity of either bowling or ice skating.  For more information or to register, contact the Extension Office @ 336-372-5597.  Transportation and lunch included in registration.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Horse Program Information

**Just as a heads up for a change to the 4-H HORSE communications contests (public speaking, individual presentation, team presentation) for this year: we will be holding these events separately from the state competition during 4-H Congress for this year only.  With 4-H Congress being so late in summer it is interfering with the horse 4-Her’s ability to compete at the Southern Regional 4-H Horse Roundup in the communications contests should they win and be selected to represent NC at the regional level (Southern Regionals is Aug 2-6).
This year only the 4-H HORSE communications contest category will be held in conjunction with the State 4-H Horse Show in Raleigh on Wednesday morning, July 5th.  Location TBD and will be announced as soon as we have one confirmed.
**If your county is going to have horse bowl teams you must turn in 40 questions to the Extension Horse Husbandry page by January 3rd (please check with your 4-H Agent if they have an earlier deadline).  Please find all details at the following links.
All of these links are on the Horsebowl contest page on our wesbite. 

**North Central District 4-H Horse Bowl Contest will be held on February 11, 2017 at Guilford County Extension Office.  Bowl Entry Forms are now available located at:

You will notice it is the state entry form with the district information added to it.  This will save you from having to complete a state form again later and it is a fillable pdf.  Please fill out completely and return to me at address/email on form no later than January 20th.

Volunteers Needed

Calling all horse folks . . . . or those that want to learn to be horse folks . . . .WE NEED YOUR HELP!!!!

We have 2 very large Holiday Classic Open Horse Shows that are fundraisers for our district 4-H horse program.  The shows continue to grow and grow which is a great thing, but we need YOUR help!

Please read the message below from Nan Garcia who has volunteered and helped do a lot of the background work with these shows.  We need to get other folks involved so if you think you could help in any way please let us know. ~ Morgan Maness - Rockingham County 4-H (Horse Liaison Agent)

Message from Nan:

I hope everyone is doing well and enjoying the Christmas season. The Holiday Classic was a success again this year! Thanks so much to the few folks who came out to help and feed us - Angel Smith, Pam Holland, Kim Collins, Jerri Roberson, and Granville County's "On the Bit" club (sorry if I forgot anybody).

We really need more participation from members of the district. This show raises anywhere from $5,000 to $10,000 in one weekend and we've had a disappointing turnout of youth and families who benefit from these funds. I'll be stepping down from several of the tasks I've been doing for the series, and the following listed items with specifics need to be picked up by someone. I'm happy to guide anyone through a transition period. I apologize for the lengthy email but there's a lot of information to cover.

SPONSORS - We need these! Clubs, youth, parents can ask anybody for $10 to sponsor a class or division. Most importantly, I need someone to agree to receive sponsor information. This will involve collecting checks and forms, deciding which class numbers get sponsored by which supporters (we often have several people wanting to sponsor the same class or same type of class), and compiling detailed information for whoever puts together the program.

SILENT AUCTION ITEMS - Some companies can much more easily give gift cards or items instead of cash. These make money for us too, and donors will be listed in the program. We need more solicitation at local businesses for support or donations.

VENDORS - The vendor person will receive vendor checks and requests, assign spots based on program loyalty, vendor needs, and order received. This information will be organized and passed along to Robin or someone with the riding team so they can mark spots on Thursday before the show.

PROGRAMS - This includes editing the class list with sponsors, formatting all ads, updating info about riding team members, judges, and key players, designing or tweaking the front cover, and sending a high quality pdf to a printer. I've historically used a combination of Excel (for the class list) and Adobe InDesign to get this done. Anyone with experience doing this who can step up would be much appreciated.

FORMS - The class list always needs to be changed and updated in April. All forms (vendor / sponsor, class list, entry forms, etc.) need the date changed for every show and then updated versions posted to the website or sent to whoever is in charge of the website. Any changes made by show management (usually notes added to the entry form or fees changed) will have to be covered as well.

WEBSITE - We use Weebly, which is ridiculously simple. I need someone to be in charge of posting patterns, editing info about judges, posting high point standings, adding pictures, and updating forms before each show. Sarah Akers did this for December and may be willing to continue?

FACEBOOK / FREE ADVERTISING - Anybody who can make educated and informative posts about the show series, add pictures,talk up what we do, educate followers on what the funds are used for, and promote the Holiday Classic in general is welcome to be added as an Admin on our FB page. I've stopped advertising the December show on Craigslist or other sites for obvious reasons. 

PATTERNS - Usually Coy is responsible for making the western patters. We could use someone to help with the jump course design. Once patterns are made, someone needs to put them in uniform format and make sure all class names, numbers, and day of the show (Sat / Sun) are on top of the patterns. These then need to be sent to the webmaster and posted on Facebook upon approval from the judges. Someone with pdf editing software and skills will need to step into this role.

STALLS - I would like for someone to start shadowing me or learning how to do the stall assignments and stall checks at the show. You will get phone calls about stalls starting in several months before the show and no matter how many places the stall chart is posted, people will still be in the wrong stalls. I'm not going to lie, this job is a serious pain and needs to be done by someone who can pay extreme attention to detail and be firm with people. 

Your help is much appreciated in advance! These specific items need to be covered pretty soon since the show is only four months away (April 22-23, 2017). Please email me if you're able and willing to step up and do any of them.
Nan's email is  -

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

North Central District 4-H Leaders' Fall Day

You don't wan to miss out on this great FREE event.  Transportation and lunch will be provided. Contact the office to register - 336-372-5597.

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Blue Heron Bowl - UNC Wilimington

Registration for 2017 Blue Heron Bowl Open
The Blue Heron Bowl is a regional marine science quiz bowl.  Two teams, each composed of 4 high school students and 1 alternate, square off against each other to answer marine science questions.  The 2017 Blue Heron Bowl will be held Saturday, February 18, 2017 at the University of North Carolina Wilmington.  Winners of the Blue Heron Bowl will go on to compete in the National Ocean Bowl which will be held in Corvallis, Oregon April 20-23, 2017

Students who compete in Ocean Science bowls across the country gain very unique benefits. 
·         Knowledge of the ocean is greatly increased
·         Enhanced understanding and stewardship of the ocean
·         Broaden awareness of the value in researching our ocean
·         Inspires learning in a way that is different from the classroom
·         Helps shape and guide career planning
·         Meet renowned scientists and researchers
·         Build lasting friendships
·         Acquire leadership skills

To learn more about the National Ocean Science Bowl check out theirwebsite and this brochure

Teams register by completing the attached registration packet by the deadline December 12, 2016.

Don’t have a team but interested in starting on?  Check out the NOSB website to learn more,

More information as well as the registration paperwork can also be found at the Blue Heron Bowl website,

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Student Election Assistants

In 2003, the North Carolina General Assembly passed a law allowing high school students to work in the polls on election day. Student Election Assistants carry some of the same responsibilities as election officials, and are compensated in the same way.
To qualify, the applicant must be a U.S. citizen who will be at least 17 years old by election day and who resides in the precinct where they wish to serve. Applicants must be in good academic standing with the school where they are enrolled (including public, private and home schools). They must also have permission from a parent (or guardian/legal custodian) and from their school principal/director.
Contact your local County Board of Elections office for more information.  
To apply, download the application here and mail it to your County Board of Elections office.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Alpha Omega Corn Maze

WHO: Youth ages 8+ (5-7 with a parent)
WHEN: Friday - October 14 3:30 pm ~ 9 pm (leave from County Office Building)
COST: $15 (dinner is included)

We will be taking a trip on Friday, October 14th to the Alpha Omega Corn Maze in Yadkin County. We'll take part in the 6 acre corn maze, barrel train, inflatable obstacle bounce, corn box, hay rides, hay bale maze and much, much more. The trip is open to youth 8 and up (youth ages 5-7 with a parent - parents will be responsible for their own transportation).

They have added “Animal Acres” petting area and you can feed the animals for .50/cup. If you would like to feed the animals, please bring some money to buy the food.

We will leave the County Office Building at 3:30 pm and return around 9. Dinner is included in your cost. You don't want to miss out on all the fun. For more information or to register, contact the Extension Office at 336-372-5597.

Friday, September 16, 2016

September Clover News

The September edition of the Alleghany Clover News is now available online. 

Click Here to view.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Youth Poultry Poster & Skillathon Competitions

Limited to Residents of North Carolina

Departments "PS1" and "PS2"

General Division Director: Dr. C.R. Parkhurst

Youth Poultry Poster Contest

Entry Deadline: September 15, 2016
Entry forms must be postmarked by 5:00 p.m., or hand delivered by 4:00 p.m. on this date.

Open to all youth, ages 5-18. Please click on the link below to read the rules of the competition before registering.

Posters will be received in the Poultry Tent on Wednesday, October 12th between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. All exhibitors must pre-register before bringing poster to the Fair.

Exhibits will be released October 24, 2016 between 8:00 A.M. and 6:00 P.M.

Youth Poultry Skillathon Contest

Entry Deadline: September 15, 2016
Entry forms must be postmarked by 5:00 p.m., or hand delivered by 4:00 p.m. on this date.

The skillathon will take place on Thursday, October 13th at 10:00 a.m. in the Poultry Tent on the fairgrounds. All exhibitors must pre-register before coming to the fairgrounds to compete.

Open to all youth, ages 9-18. Please click on the link below to read the rules of the competition before registering.

Please note that exhibitors who choose not to disclose their full Social Security Number at the time of registration (paper entry forms or online), even if they have submitted an entry in the past, forfeit any and all premium monies they may be entitled to.

For more information, contact the NC State Fair Entry Department at (919)839-4515.

All links can be found on the NC State Fair Page 

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Open Halter Horse Show

Just a reminder there will be an Open Halter Horse Show this Sunday, August 14, 2016 @ the Alleghany County Fairgrounds.  For more information and classes please click on the link below.

Open Halter Horse Show Class List

Registration Begins: 2:30 p.m.
Show Starts at 4:00 p.m.

Alleghany County Fairgrounds
U.S. Highway 21, North ~ Sparta, North Carolina

 For More Information contact: 336-359-8457

**A negative Coggins is required**

**No Stallions permitted

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

4-H Camp - Betsy-Jeff Penn

July 31—August 5
Ages: 8-14 (age at time of camping)
Leader In Training (LIT) ages 15-17
Cost: $420 (scholarships are available)

Join us for a week of traditional 4-H overnight camping. You will have an opportunity to participate in high ropes course, horseback riding, archery, arts and crafts, canoeing, swimming and much, much more.  You sleep in cabins (not tents) with all the comforts of home. This is an opportunity you do not want to miss out on. Opportunities for Leaders in Training for ages 15 and up. The cost of camp is $420 (scholarships available).  For more information contact the office. A letter with details will be sent to all participants once registered.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Bramble Ridge Farm Horse Camp

Ages:  8 - 12
When:  June 27 - June 29 (9-5 each day)
Cost: $150.00
Where:  Bramble Ridge Farm
Lunch & Snack provided

Bramble Ridge Farm is offering a horse camp from 9am-5pm June 27th – June 29th . Safety, basic equine care, and horsemanship are the main focuses of the camp. No prior equine experience is necessary!!

We accept campers age 8 to 12. Aiming for maximum personal instruction time, we are accepting 4 campers. The cost is $150 per camper; each camper will have 4 to 5 hours of hands-on horse experience per day. A healthy lunch and snacks will be provided.

Please call or e-mail Gretchen Huysman with questions.  336-572- 1918 or

Thursday, May 26, 2016

2016 Summer Fun

The 2016 Alleghany 4-H Summer Fun Newsletter is now available online.  

Click here to find out what fun & exciting activities we have planned for this year.

If you are interested in attending any of these activities, you MUST either come to the Extension Office or use the NEW online form to register.  You can access that form here.  It is strongly suggested that you sign up early, as there are a limited number of spaces available.  We must have current (2016) Enrollment, Medical & Media Release forms filled out.   

If there is a fee, payment is due at the time of registration to secure your child's space.  There is also a one-time registration fee of $10, which includes a t-shirt. 

For payment, we accept cash, check, debit/credit cards and we now have added a PayPal payment option.  Please note that if you register online, your space is NOT reserved until payment is received.  If you choose to use the PayPal payment option, you must also fill out the online registration form.

For more information, please call 336-372-5597 or you can email Amy or Michele with any questions.