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The 4-H Pledge

I pledge my HEAD to clearer thinking,
my HEART to greater loyalty,
my HANDS to larger service, 
and my HEALTH to better living,
for my Club, my Community, my Country, and my World.

Our Purpose and Goals 


- Promote continuous growth in programs fostering horsemanship education, initiative, self reliance, sportsmanship and other desirable traits of character.

- Experience the pride and responsibilities associated with the care, feeding, management and health of the animal.

- Promote a greater love for animals and to establish a humane attitude toward them.

- Learn safety precautions to prevent injuries to themselves, their mounts and others.

- Learn skills in horsemanship and an understanding of the business of breeding, raising and training horses.

- Appreciate horseback riding as a healthy and wholesome form of recreation as well as to stimulate appreciation and conservation of our responsibilities through working in groups and supporting community horse projects and activities.

- Encourage participation by all 4H members desiring to participate regardless of race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, marital status or family status.  


- Through association leader ship and instruction, it is our goal that the 4-H member derive all the enjoyment and benefits possible as a result of participating in meetings, clinics and other educational programs provided through 4-H.

- The SCC 4-H HLA will provide activities where each 4-H member to the extent possible, in all activities provided by the association.

- The SCC 4-H HLA will provide age appropriate activities where each 4-H member can be exposed to cooperative working experiences that lead to common group goals.

- The SCC 4-H HLA will provide each 4-H member with opportunities to experience good leadership, fair play, good horsemanship, a sense of honesty, character, pride and good sportsmanship at all times.

- The SCC 4-H HLA will always provide, conduct and host programs with proper instructions, teaching methods, conditions, rules, health, safety and provide for the welfare of each participant and project animal in accordance with county 4-H rules.   

Clubs and Committees

- Bitz of Luck - Robyn Limberg and Olivia Prusik
- East Shore - Duke Fields and Melissa Fields
- Equestrian Express - Linda Taylor
- Equine By Design - Linda Kummerlan
- Great Expectations - Connie Murray and Nikki Scott
- High Hopes & Horsemanship - Jamie Peck and Shyann Wehrwein
- Majestic Equestrians - Carmen Goethals
- Mane Attraction - Cheryl Thuma
- Midnight Express - Kathy Williams and Stacy Sills
- Mis-Placed Riders - Dawn Sullivan
- Phoenix Wranglers - Karen Wesch and Jennifer Wesch
- Rimrock Acres - Heather Gruell and David Goretski
- Rustic Ramblers - MaryAnn Moskal, Lucy Brown, and Vanessa Sanda

- Resource Leaders - Deb Block, Cheryl Bowersox, and Colleen Provost 
- SCC MSU Extension and 4-H Program Coordinator - Lori Warchuck

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4H Horse events and fair: A copy of current coggins will be required with horse registration info on May 1, 2024. Original coggins must be showed at check-in at any of our 4H Horse and Fair events.

The date on the current coggins must be good through the end of fair, which is July 20, 2024. Please remember it is required by law for you to have a current coggins with you any time you transport your horse.

Horse Check-In Information
Horses may be checked in between 4:00pm and 8:00pm on Sunday before Fair. Horses must be unloaded in the parking lot off the pavement, lead across the horse crossing crosswalk and stop for inspection at the red barn. ORIGINAL negative Coggins and helmets must be presented at this time. Horses must be checked out Sunday after fair starting at 6:00am and no later than 11:00am. Exceptions will be made only in an extreme emergency. Anyone leaving early without written permission from Fair Board and Horse superintendent may not be eligible for stalls the following year, and may be subject to any further discipline as Fair Board deems appropriate.

Horse Project Information
- Set up Friday 6pm (portable stall etc.) & Saturday 10am (barn decoration etc.)
- No vehicles behind barns after 9am or before 11pm *NO EXCEPTIONS*
- Tear down – clubs may start to take down barn decorations Saturday after 10PM.
- Vehicles permitted behind the barns until after 11:00PM.
- Horse(s) not to check out before 6am on Sunday 
- You must check out with barn manager
- Teardown Sunday - Clubs/individuals will tear down the same areas they setup.
- Don't forget your HELMETS: they are mandatory in the practice rings at all times.

State 4-H Horse Show

The State 4-H Horse Show is an annual, 3-day event that brings together 4-Her’s age 13-19 from counties across the state. Members are selected by their county 4-H programs to participate in this event. Competing at the show and being able to represent their county is a terrific honor for the youth involved.

Over the course of this three day State 4-H Horse Show, members compete in: English and Western events, Dressage, Trail, Hunter Hack, Gymkhana, Draft Horse, Miniature Horse and PEP (Proud Equestrian Program) classes. Some of the best riders in Michigan have spent months and even years preparing for the show in hopes of improving their relationship with their animal, bringing home a gold medal or even being named Champion in an event. Although the show is very competitive, the memories made and the experience gained is by far the greatest reward of all!

A unique aspect of the State 4-H Horse Show is that it is almost completely run by volunteers; family and friends of 4-H from across the state come together to plan and run the show. Without their help, and the support of the many sponsors and commercial vendors, the event could not be as successful as it is.

The dates for 2023 are August 18 through August 20. Paperwork indicating the 4-Her’s intent to compete at the qualifying show must be submitted by May 1st. Paperwork includes a horse ID and their class list.

- 2024 State Qualifying Show Horse Show Class List

- 2024 State Qualifying Show Eligibility Requirements

- 2024 State Qualifying Show Registration Form

- 2023 State Qualifying Show USEF Training Level Test 1 Pattern

- 2023 State Qualifying Show WDAA Western Dressage Basic Level Test 1 Pattern

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- None

Location: Goodells County Park

- Required Paperwork Due - May 1, 2024
- Sue Jones Scholarship Applications Due - June 1, 2024
- Deadline for Premium Statements - July 1, 2024
- John Tate Memorial Show - May 18, 2024
- Warm-Up Show - June 22, 2024
- State Qualifying Show - June 23, 2024
- St Clair County 4-H Day Camp - TBD
- Horse Check-In (Original Coggins/Helmet Check) - July 14, 2024 from 4:00PM to 8:00PM
- Fair - July 15 - July 20, 2024
- SCC 4-H Fair & Youth Open Show - July 20, 2024
- SCC 4-H Fair Open Mini Show - July 22, 2024

Location: Goodells County Park

- October 19, 2023
- November 16, 2023
- January 18, 2024
- March 1, 2024
- April 18, 2024
- May 16, 2024
- June 20, 2024
- July 11, 2024
- August 15, 2024
- September 18, 2024

Location: Goodells County Park

- None

Location: Goodells County Park

Winter Projects/Hippology/Horse Judging
- October 2, 2023 at 6:30PM
- November 6, 2023 at 6:30PM
- December 4, 2023 at 6:30PM
- January 2, 2024 at 6:30PM
- February 5, 2024 at 6:30PM
- March 4, 2024 at 6:30PM
- April 1, 2024 at 6:30PM

Location: Goodells County Park

MSU 4-H State Horse Show
August 18, 2023 through August 20, 2023

Location: Michigan State University Pavilion 

MSU Miniature Horse State Show
-  August 19, 2023 

Location: Michigan State University Pavilion


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4-H Horse Program: Horse Science

In depth scientific examination of horses that covers horse behavior, anatomy, reproduction, feed nutrients, health & sanitation, disease, and parasites. 64 pages.

Purchase online or at the St. Clair County 4-H Office.

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4-H Horse Program: Horses & Horsemanship

A practical and thorough guide to horses that covers breeds, judging, showing, western horsemanship, grooming, training, equipment, & safety. 64 pages.

Purchase online or at the St. Clair County 4-H Office.

St. Clair County Fair

Goodells County Park


St. Clair County 4-H Horse Leaders Board

Dave Goretski, President

Duke Fields, Vice President

Connie Murray, Secretary

Cheryl Thuma, Treasurer

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