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My 4-H Experience

By Shari Petersen

...coming in to the final stretch!

Hay, Mavericks!  What an awesome year we've had!  As we wind up this 4H season there are several important club agenda items to be aware of:  1)  Leadership positions for next year are open for senior members (members age 14 and older) who wish to run for office.  This is an excellent opportunity for experience and growth in acquiring important life skills!  If you are interested in learning more about the position requirements or you intend on running for:  President, Vice President, Secretary, or Treasurer...please contact any of our leaders or email current president, Gabrielle Petersen.  Officers will be elected at the May 5th business meeting, so get your submissions in asap.  2) HAC Rep Wanted - A member/parent leadership team is needed for the soon to be vacated HAC position.  A big thank-you to Hannah Schaefer and Courtney..a great mother-daughter HAC team.  The parent-teen team will attend the monthly Horse Advisory Committee meetings to set the Horse calendar, help make decisions about the 4-H horse program, and communicate information back to the club.  This is a terrific opportunity to serve the club, gain leadership through interaction with other clubs, and build great bonding moments. Contact Andrea Cottrell if you are interested.  3)  Record Book Meeting-  Completed record books are due into the County office by June 9th.  Remember, if you plan to participate in County Finals next year, or receive any scholarships...a record book must be completed the prior year.  In order to help members complete their books, a special May 2nd meeting is scheduled for May 2nd at the Giek home.  Please bring your laptop or printed forms, any receipts/project expenses, photos, and a list of events you've attended.  Record book forms can be found here.

Preparing for Maricopa County Horse Finals!

Volunteer to help @ the Western Advanced Show on April 25th
go to sign up genius site to volunteer:
Sign up your 4-some for the Farmer Olympics on April 26th
Sign up for Spaghetti Dinner held afterward. ($10/person)
Plan to camp out and join the fun all weekend.
 (Contact South Buckeye Equestrian Center)

14 Mavericks going to County Finals!

Where's the Toilet Paper for HLP??!!

Let's Go Mavericks...let's pitch in for this very important benefit and contribute as much toilet paper as we can for Horse Lovers Park!

TP gathered will be donated to HLP in Scottsdale.  Valley clubs greatly benefit from the use of the arena's  at HLP.  The park is solely run by volunteers and can use all the help they can in maintaining functioning bathrooms.

Please mark all packages BVM and deliver to County Finals.  The winning club will receive a prize!

Any questions?  Contact Hanna S.

Livestock & Tack Auction - May 3rd

Need any tack?  Or do you have saddles or tack you would like to sell?  Join up with Mrs. Cottrell and other members on a field trip to the Livestock & Tack Auction on May 3rd.   It's also a great opportunity to experience the sale of all kids of livestock.  You may come  home with a new horse, goat or chicken!!

 Click here for more information!

BVR Neighborhood Gymkhana 
...Proving to Make the Better Best!!

Let's Get Campy!

JOLT Teen Camp, Horse Camp, Yupicopa 4-H Camp, Natural Resource & Conservation Camp

Statewide 4-H Camp.

 Plan your summer now!  Save money by registering early/on time.  Make it a summer to remember!

Go to the following links to learn more & register for camps.  Summer scholarships available - Pre-application required by June 9th.

Photo: Horse Camp 2014 - Sonoita, AZ


Horse Camp

All other Camps

Summer Horse  Event Scholarship Application

Big Ribbon Day for Mavericks at Western Show!

Way to go Mavericks!  We had nine BV members presenting at the Western Show held on February 8th.   Congrats to Julia, Olivia, Madeline, Jolie, Emily R., Emily B, Nicci, Hannah S., and Heather!

EIEE Hippology & Demonstration
-A Great Experience!!
Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014

BV members, leaders, and parents shared a day filled with fun and learning! It was a great turnout as participants from several Maricopa 4-H clubs attended the EIEE events. "Demonstration" was hosted by the BV Mavericks and "Hippology" by Spirit of Queen Creek. This was a first-time experience in hosting for the Buena Vista Mavericks!  Thanks to all the parents, members, and leaders for working together to make this happen!

Congratulations to all participants for their hard work in preparing and exhibiting  for the events. Senior category BV participants, Heather G. and Emily B. placed 3rd in their demonstration.  Heather also placed first in Hippology.   Madeline C. brought home a red ribbon for Hippology and took 4th in demonstration in the Junior age group.   Way to go girls!  

Looking forward to more BV Maverick members participating in the Speech and Horse Bowl on March 1!

...More BV Winners at Ranch/Sorting Show
January 18, 2014

Wow!  What an amazing day at the Ranch/Sorting show sponsored by Diamonds in the Ruff, January 18th.  Hannah and Nicci had a  successful day with many great wins.  Thanks to all BV members who were there to support.  We encourage members to support all disciplines by attending when they can.

Mavericks Show Big at Western Spurs English Show!

Saturday's English Show, hosted by the Western Spurs 4-H club, was well attended by BV members.   It was a gorgeous day for competing and experiencing a great show.  

Congratulations to all who participated!  A high-five to Anna for High Point in Beginner; Madeline, High Point in Intermediate; Julia, Reserve High Point in Intermediate; Heather, High Point in Senior Advanced, and Jamie, Reserve High Point in Senior Advanced.

Way to Go Mavericks!

Another Maverick Awarded Maricopa County 4-H Member of the Year

Hannah Schaefer

Congratulations to our Hannah Schaefer, who is finishing her ninth year in 4-H very strong.  It all started with taking on an old horse named J.D. (Jack Daniels) and giving him a new lease on life and love.  Hannah has competed in all disciplines the horse program has to offer, and took on EIEE events this year, winning the Senior Horsebowl and earning a spot on the Hippology Team for the Western National  Round Up in Denver this January. Her accomplishments led to her being selected to attend 4-H National Congress in Atlanta, GA in November, as well..  Hannah also was elected into her second year as HAC Secretary and serves as the Mavericks' Youth Representative, with a voting spot on the committee.  Hannah is always ready and willing to volunteer for whatever 4-H has to offer.  Way to go Hannah, as  a Maverick,  you make us so proud!

   This makes a Member of the Year  "threepeat" for Mavericks, as Hannah is the third Maverick in three years to win this honor.

BVM's Officers and Executive Board   - A Winning Leadership Team!

All Officers and Chairmen are requested to attend the Exec Board Mtg on 11/26

 @ Petersen's House. 6-8pm

President - Gabrielle P.

Vice President - Heather G.

Secretary - Emily B.

Treasurer - Jamie Z.

Horse Show and Events Chair - Juila W.

Entertainment and Recreation Chair - Amberly M.

Fundraising Chair - Sarah H.

Communication Chair - Chloe M.

Education Chair - Nicci

Community Service Chair - Jamie Z

HAC Rep - Hannah S.

Back From 4-H Congress!

Hannah and Sarah have returned from participating in the 4-H Congress in Atlanta, Georgia with plenty of exciting stories to share about their experiences!  The girls joined other Maricopa County 4-H delegates and were  accompanied by our County Agent, Bryan Chadd. Over the past three years, five BV members have earned their way to 4-H Congress, proving to newer members that this goal is achievable!

Delegates participated in many workshops including yoga, breading shaping and mobility.  Hannah S. was especially interested in what was learned in the mobility challenge class.  Participants worked with special equipment and learned of all the different obstacles those with physical disabilities must face each day.  The special equipment allows those challenged the ability to water ski and  ride a bike!  

Other exciting events included visits to a  museum, comedy acts, and an International dinner event.  "The dinner hall decorations were beautiful and we had the opportunity to sample foods from around the world", said Hannah.  Sarah also felt it was an amazing event and shared her experience with other members at the 4-H riding meeting on 12/6.

Congrats, girls!  We are so proud of you!!


Hey Mavericks!  Check out the new article about leader Katy Holditch and her wonderful "Centennial" 4-H experience!  Click here