Berrien County 4-H Horse Leaders

Berrien County 4-H Horse Leaders Association provides educational opportunities for all youth and volunteers in the horse and pony project. The committee also coordinates various activities and events across the local 4-H program. 

Association meetings are the first Tuesday of the month at 7:00 p.m., at the Berrien County Youth Memorial Building in Berrien Springs, MI. All meetings are held at this location except for the December meeting. If you would like to be added to the Berrien County 4-H Horse Leaders mailing list, please reach out to the current Secretary. (Please note, membership is only open to screen "Gold" or "Silver" level volunteers in Berrien County 4-H. 

Current Officers

Officers are nominated and voted upon at the August or September meeting of each year. Officers & Chairs serve a term of one year in their role. Current Officers are as follows: 

4-H Leader Club Officer Role
Chrissy Bradford High Spirits 4-H Club  President
Tami Gear Tumbleweeds 4-H Club  Vice President
Suzette Hendershott On the Rail 4-H Club  Treasurer
Betsy McCray  Double Bridle 4-H Club  Secretary 


Agendas & Minutes 

 

Bylaws

 

Committee Organized Events: 

4-H Tack Swap 

Postponed until 2023

Event Chair:    TBA

Date:  TBD

Time:   TBD

Location: TBD

Entry Cost: TBD

 Downloadable Event Flyer - TBD

 

4-H Open Fun Show 

Event Chair(s):   Chrissy Bradford & Tami Gear  

Date: TBD

Time: 8:30 a.m. 

Location:  Berrien County Youth Fairgrounds - Berrien Springs, MI 

Entry Cost: **COMING SOON**  

Showbill - 2022 4-H Horse Leaders Association Open Fun Show Showbill - **COMING SOON** 

 

4-H Versatility Scholarship Event 

 The purpose of the Berrien County 4-H Versatility Scholarship Event is to identify and recognize the most versatile 4-H Teen-member and horse team in the Berrien County 4-H Horse and Pony project. The scholarship recognizes outstanding 4-H horse and rider versatility combination at the Berrien County 4-H Versatility Scholarship Event. Open to any Berrien County 4-H Horse and Pony project member who is 14 - 19 years of age and has completed the ninth grade. Maximum years participating in the event are not to exceed five. Age/grade to be determined as of January 1, of the current year.

Event Chair:   Chrissy Bradford & Tami Gear 

Date:   Sunday, August 14, 2022

Time:   3:00 p.m. 

Location:  Berrien County Youth Fairgrounds - Berrien Springs, MI 

Classes for the Event: 

  1. Showmanship: (Western or English) Riders and horses to be correctly appointed.

 2. English Equitation: Riders may ride hunt seat, dressage or saddle seat. Approved ASTM safety helmets are required.

 Mandatory Tack Change (4 minutes)

 3. Western Horsemanship: Riders and horses to be correctly appointed.

 4. Gymkhana: Speed and Action (Western or English) - Tack and apparel to complement one another. Approved ASTM safety helmets are required. Horse and rider must maintain a minimum jog/trot and not lose forward motion.

Applications must be submitted to: 

Chrissy Bradford

4-H Versatility Scholarship Event 

1202 Madron Lake Road

Buchanan, MI 49107-9384

Photographs must  be submitted in jpeg format to:

Chrissy Bradford, 4-H Versatility Scholarship Event Chair 

canterloper@aol.com 

Applications must be postmarked by Friday, July 11, 2022. No late submissions will be accepted. 

Applications can be downloaded below: 

2022 Berrien County 4-H Versatility Scholarship Event

Volunteer Hours:

It is required for all participants, or a representative, to volunteer for a minimum of two (2) hours. Volunteer service hours need to be related to the horse and pony project. Example of volunteer service hours projects include but are not limited to:

  • Assisting at a local Horse Show as a gate attendant or entry office
  • Assisting at the We Can Ride 4-H Club
  • Assisting cleaning out stalls at the Berrien County Youth Fair

Volunteer service hours must be submitted no later than August 13, 2022, to receive credit. Volunteer service hours must be done between June 1, 2021 – August 13, 2022, to be counted. Volunteer service requirements can be submitted online at: https://bit.ly/4hversatilityvolunteerhours2022 or to Chrissy Bradford, 4-H Versatility Scholarship Event Chair, at canterloper@aol.com.