Are Y'all Ready for Horse Camp?

Do you want to have a great time over your summer vacation? Well, you're in luck! There's an exciting opportunity to ride, make crafts, and have fun coming up soon at the Pima County Horse Camp! The camp runs from June 21st to the 27th, but make sure to get your registration in early (before March 30th) so that you can get a discount on your fees! For more information on this fantastic event, check out the registration form by clicking on this link to the "4-H Facts and Forms" page.
Also, take a look at the camp's Facebook page as well as their website (below).

Buena Vista Mavericks Western Clinic- Register Today!

Western Clinic with Lisa Nelson

Date:  Sunday, April 12th

Cost:  $5.00 (paid at clinic)

Location:  BV Arena

Concessions Available

Please complete registration at right by providing your name, email address, your proficiency level, and submit information in the comment section on what area of focus you would like to work on most.

8603 S. Terrace Rd, Tempe, AZ 85284
Thank you for registering. We look forward to seeing you at the Western Clinic!
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County Fair Time is Just Around the Corner!

Planning to show your small stock at the 2015 Maricopa County Fair?  What about that awesome photo you took or that creative artwork?  Well, now is the time to register!  Don't wait --deadlines apply!!  It's real easy...just go to to view the guidebook.  The website does a great job of listing project categories, outlining rules, and providing links to online registration.  Really...what are you waiting for?  There's something for everybody!  

Mavericks  4-H Awards - Top Notch

Winning Smiles at 4-H

Awards Night

Maverick pride abounds finishing another award winning year for the club.  Notably, 9 year member, Sarah Holditch shared the award of 2014 Maricopa County 4-H Member of the Year with 2 other club winners Joshua Slade (Lehi 4-H); Jayme Smith (Queen Creek 4-H).  This makes it the 4th year in a row a Maverick has won 4-H Member of the Year!  Our members are doing something right for sure.  In addition, Hannah Schaefer, Gabrielle Petersen and Sarah Holditch were awarded the Sharon O'Donnell Franklin Scholarship. The BVM Club received the Purple Merit award for accomplishing 20 set goals by the county.  Member awards were given in many categories such as passports, recordbooks, camp participation, speech contests, EIEE contests, national event participation, scrapbook, and scholarship recognition.  Maverick award winners were: Anna Tesch, Madeline Cottrell, Emily Brzezinski Molly Brzezinski, Nicci Fickett, Heather Gerald Brittany Gerald, Sarah Holditch  , Vivienne Lebig,  Chloe McQueen, Carys McQueen Gabrielle Petersen, Jamie Zahn, Hannah Schaefer, Haley Zipay.  Well-deserved honors for each of you and congratulations to all of the winners. 

Special Congratulations  go out to· Leaders Of The Year – Carolyn Diana (Zoo Crew 4-H) and Erin Robinson (Desert Hills Wranglers 4-H)
· Family Of The Year – The Rudolfo Family of Arizona Explorers 4-H

BV Sponsored Horse De-Spook-a-thon - 2014!


Poultry Club Advances to Small Stock!

“Hay” Mavericks! We've expanded our club to include members (parents included) who would like to take on a small stock project.  This group will meet separately from the BV Mavericks horse group and will focus on poultry, rabbit, cavy (guinea pig), and  pygmy goats. Topics covered include general care, history, anatomy, selection, housing and equipment, records, nutrition, health, reproduction, grooming and showing, 

Next meeting: Check Calendar or Contact Heather.

If you are interested in joining or have expertise, please contact Heather Patterson @

Maverick Executive Horse Club Leadership
Welcome New and Old Members to 2014-15 4-H Year

Welcome to Maverick Country!

Chloe McQueen - President

Julian Werkhoven - Vice President

Anna Tesch - Secretary

Anais Toulouse - Treasurer

Oliva Nesky - HAC Rep

The Exec Team challenges each and every member to take on a leadership role!  Organize an event, help raise funds for scholarships, get involved with community service, mentor another member, be creative for a great year!

Meet your Maverick Leaders of 2014-15

Andrea Cottrell - Horse - Key Club Leader
Heather Patterson - Small Stock Club Leader

Meet your New Buena Vista Mavericks Leaders:  Andrea Cottrell is taking the reins of the Mavericks horse club this year and acting as key contact leader for the club.  She loves spending time with kids on and off horseback and is an excellent organizer.  She is saddling up for the challenge of 2014-15.  Heather Patterson is taking on the leadership of the Maverick Small Stock Club increasing ways kids can get involved with 4-H.  She provides assistance to Andrea in the Horse arena as well.  Tammy Mitchelson will continue to help with horse club activities and training.  Linda Lee is our support leader for crafts, scrapbooking and assisting in the small stock club.  With capable leaders like these, you know Maverick are going to an outstanding year of fun and accomplishments!

Tammy Mitchelson - Horse Leader

Linda Lee - Crafts - Scrapbooking

Maverick Biz-Kid$ (Entrepreneur Project)

Mavericks open Entrepreneurship as a second project.  Members develop and run their own business.  House sitting Petsitting, Babysitting, Baking, Tutoring, Crafts - you name it.  The name of the game is "Earn by Doing", says Katy Holditch, Project Leader.  Check Calendar for Meeting times and to see the Biz Kid$ Directory

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Congrats Maverick 2014 4-H State Horse Show Qualifers
Sr. Western - Heather G. Nicci F. Hannah S, Emily B. *
Sr. English - Heather G. Nicci F Hanna S.
Sr .Gymkhana - Sarah H., Emily B. *
Jr. Gymkhana - Katy F. Hannahbelle M.*
Ranch Sorting - Hannah S.
*= (Alternate) See roster for full class qualification detail.

BVM Horse Club - New Adult Leadership

As you know, Mrs. Petersen and Mrs. Holditch have been leading the club for nine years.  Now that their daughters, Gabrielle and Sarah are graduating seniors, they have handed the reins to Andrea Cottrell for new leadership.  Andrea understudied last year and has a young daughter, Madeline in the club.  Having Mrs. Cottrell as primary leader and a BVR resident, allows the club to continue riding at the BVR arena.  To lead a club of 30+ riding members is a big endeavor.  So far she has enlisted the help of Heather Patterson, newly certified leader, Nancy Nesky, HAC Parent, Christine Farley, Community Service, Sedaj Tesch, Website - all with daughters riding in the club.  Mrs. Cottrell will making a few changes to the organization of the club and asking for parents to step in and volunteer to make events happen.  Without parent volunteers (both moms and dads) 4-H won't happen.  So be ready to step in and step up when asked.  You don't need to know anything about riding a horse to do many of the tasks and activities.  If you have special skills that could benefit the club, such as, accounting, journalism, speech & communication, group organization, government, arts & crafts ,teaching, trailering, party planning, etc.- Then shout out. Over-here!

"Many hands make light work"

And more fun for all.

Here's to a new and awesome 4-H year!

Now Giddy Up!


Congratulations 2014 Scholarship Recipients

4-H Foundation Scholarship

County Finals Scholarship

Maverick Senior Book Scholarship

Molly Brzezinski

Brittany Gerald

Gabrielle Petersen

Hannah Schaefer

Haley Zipay

Sharon O'Donnell Franklin Scholarship

Sarah Holditch

Gabrielle Petersen

Hannah Schaefer

Emily Brzezinski

Madeline Cottrell

Zoe Dailey

Nicci Fickett

Heather Gerald

Sarah Holditch

Chloe McQueen

Olivia Nesky

Hannah Schaefer

Jamie Zahn

Maricopa County Fair Grant

Sarah Holditch

 Zoe Dailey

Sarah Holditch

Gabrielle Petersen

Hannah Schaefer

Jamie Zahn

Summer Activity Scholarships

Madeline Cottrell

Sarah Holditch

Julia Werkhoven


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

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!

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!

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!!