Thursday, November 20, 2014

Natural Horse Addicts Members Earn Top Three Places in ACTHA Obstacle Challenge!

Three members from the Orange 4-H horse club, Natural Horse Addicts, rode in an ACTHA Obstacle Challenge at Independence FUNie Farm in Culpeper, VA on Sunday, November 6th and placed as the top three Junior riders! Ashlyn Ward rode Valvora in the cleanest round to take first place! She was followed closely by Rachel Humberger on Cutter for second and Eryn Connell on Scout for third place! 

Other club members volunteered for the event raising over $60 for the club and helping by judging and checking in riders! Club members Anna Ehrenberg, an exchange student from Germany and Amna Akram an exchange from Pakistan, both of whom are attending local high schools for the 2014-15 school year braved the cold temperatures to serve as judge assistants, running timers, reseting obstacles and Sharkey Keifer worked with his dad, John Keifer to register riders and sell hot chocolate and snacks to riders! Club leader, Bonnie Schmeider served as a judge for the event!

The American Competitive Trail Horse Association's (ACTHA) purpose is to give recognition to the American Trail Horse. With a motto  "Not Just a Trail Horse anymore," ACTHA promotes a great sport where families and friends can get together and learn to demonstrate their horse’s abilities and have fun. 

Independence FUNie Farm is an agri-education facility in Culpeper Virginia that serves as the home and meeting place for the Natural Horse Addicts club which meets the first and third Saturday's of the month at Noon. For more information contact the Orange Extension Office.\




Ashlyn Ward on Valvora opening the Gate obstacle.
Photo credit: Resi Connell


Rachel Humberger on Cutter tackling the Barrel Board Pinwheel obstacle.
Photo Credit: Resi Connell

Eryn Connell on Scout moving into the Vines obstacle.
Photo Credit: Resi Connell

Amna Akram working with ACTHA volunteer judge, Joe Tligman.
Photo Credit: Resi Connell


Anna Ehrenberg assisting the judge with Sharkey Keifer looking on.
Photo Credit: Resi Connell

Sunday, November 16, 2014

4-H Natural Horse Addicts Club Completes Service Project to Provide Safe Winter Shelter for Feral Cats

Six members and two volunteers from the Orange 4-H Natural Horse Addicts club completed a service project on Saturday, November 8th to help the group Shadow Cat Advocates create winter shelters to be placed in various locations for feral cat populations. Many of the cats had already been through the Trap-Neuter-Return program. SCA's mission is to promote that program as well as to aid, assist, protect and defend feral cats throughout the Counties of Stafford and Spotsylvania, and the City of Fredericksburg.

The 4-H members brought tools, gloves and a willing attitude to SCA's winter shelter building party and were instrumental in the layout, building and completion of five new insulated cat shelters! Members who attended this event were: Eryn Connell, Anna Ehrenberg, Amna Akram, Arooba Khan, Camille Thionville, and Zoe Thompson. Adult volunteers Resi Connell and BJ Schmeider attended the event as well. 


Wednesday, October 22, 2014

4-H Natural Resources Weekend

The 2015 Natural Resources Weekend is scheduled for January 24-25, 2015.  This event will be held at the Holiday Lake 4-H Center.
This weekend camp is open to youth ages 9-19 and adult volunteers.  All youth under the age of 18 must come with adult supervision.  The cost is $60 per person before January 2, 2015 and $70 per person after January 2, 2015.  Tentative workshop topics include Trout in the Classroom; Wildlife ID and Tracks; GPS; Birdwatching; Shotgun and Rifle Shooting; Duck Decoy Construction; Road Kill; Snakes; Archery; Wildlife Trapping; Mammals of Virginia; Arts and Crafts; Edible Insects; Identifying Wildlife Signs; Bat Conservation and Bat House Building and more!! Registration Deadline is January 15.
To register, please visit https://holidaylake4h.com/NREweekend.php

For questions, please contact Jenny Thompson at the Louisa VCE Office at (540)967-3422 or jthomp05[at]vt.edu