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If you have questions about the information posted below, send an email to the Comal County office of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service at or call (830) 620-3440. View the web site:

WHEP at State Fair of Texas

Six members of the Comal County WHEP team competed in the wildlife contest at the State Fair of Texas.  In the junior division, Davis Mathews and Halie Stedham placed first and second as individuals.  They were also the grand champion junior team.  In the senior division, Hayden Mathews, Wyatt Richardson, Deidra Davis, and Hannah Kolb placed first, second, third and sixth. Wyatt and Hannah placed third as a team.  Hayden and Deidra were the grand champion senior team.  Congratulations to these hardworking kids and many thanks to the supportive parents.

Congrats, Kenzy & Trey!

Congrats to both Kenzy and Trey Hoffmann for placing 2nd with both their goats at the State Fair of Texas!

Comal County 4-H Food Challenge - November 2nd

The Comal County 4-H Food Challenge is set for November 2nd at the West Side Community Center. Click here for a link to the packet.

Team entry form and $5 per team member entry fee is due Monday, October 19th. 

4-H Bake Sale - October 17 at Tractor Supply!

4-H Google Calendar

Bluebonnet's September meeting.

Bluebonnet 4-H Club met on September 13th at the Extension Office Meeting Room. We installed our new officers and talked about our budget and bylaws. We also talked about different opportunities we had to participate in new projects. One of our goals for our club is to try as many new projects as possible by doing one or two small projects at each meeting. At this meeting we did a Food & Nutrition project by making ice cream in plastic bags and we did a Clothing & Textiles project by sewing together quilt squares. There were 29 youth members and 23 adults at our meeting.

Our officers are:
President: Kenzy Hoffmann 
1st Vice President: Presley Wirebaugh 
2nd Vice President: Trey Hoffmann 
3rd Vice President/Treasurer: Helena MacCrossan 
Secretary: Maya Langendorf
Reporter: Lila Moseley
Parliamentarian: Layton Hemann
Health and Safety Officer: Peyton Wirebaugh
Historian: Rebecca Aylesworth 
Council Delegates (4 plus alternates): Kasey Atiee, Helena MacCrossan, Maya Langendorf, Peyton Wirebaugh; alternates Cheyenne Baker, Trey Hoffmann and Benjamin Skinner.

Our next meeting will be October 11 at the Extension Office.

Submitted by Lila Moseley

4-H Dance - October 3rd

THANK YOU so much to everyone who helped with our annual fundraiser dance, which was held Saturday at Anhalt Dance Hall.

I'm sure I'll miss someone, but special thanks to:

Close to Home/Hill Country Central/Gruene Kountry - and especially Kellie Smith and her whole crew - for spearheading the silent auction from set up to take down.

Vet Science/Bluebonnet - for that great dinner! According to Bluebonnet, over 200 BBQ dinners were sold!

Homegrown/Rabbit Group - for providing desserts and manning the dessert table.

Bulverde - for advertising the dance.

Horse Club/Sherwood - for manning the front door.

CCLS - for set up and decorating.

Claybusters et al - for cleaning up after the dance.

Ken and Martha Joyce - for picking up and BBQing all the meat.

Thanks to everyone who pre-sold tickets to the dance - an accounting will be coming soon! Watch for the email about who brought in the most money for the silent auction.

If I missed you, I apologize! We really appreciate you all!

It's National 4-H Week!

It's National 4-H Week! When your club does something for "one day 4-H" be sure to tag it with #texas4h, #4hgrowshere.  

Feel free to tag on the platforms below:
It is a great week to be GREEN!

2016 Youth Homemaking & Art Fair Rules and Entry Form

The 2016 Youth Homemaking and Art Fair rules and entry form are out! You can find them on our web site at

The show is March 4, 2016 and all entries are due by 4:30 p.m. on January 8, 2016.

Please note that the Extension office merely takes the entries for the show - it is not our show and we can't answer your questions about it!

Lamb & Goat Validation Dates

Lamb and goat validation will be held on the following dates:

October 13, 2015 - Smithson Valley High School - 1-6 p.m.

October 19, 2015 - Canyon High School - 2-6 p.m.

October 27, 2015 - New Braunfels High School - 4-7 p.m.

We need to know which of these you are attending, so we can be sure your tags are there!

You MUST attend one of these validation dates with your animals! Please call the Extension office (830-620-3440) to let us know where you will take your lambs and goats for validation!

Comal County 4-H Food Show

The 4-H Food Show will be held on Tuesday, October 27th in the Extension Meeting Room. The doors will open at 3:00 and those who are able to be there by 3:30 will start judging at that time.

Food Show paperwork and $5 entry fee are due in the Extension office on Tuesday, October 13th. Forms and information will be posted on the blog and our web site in the very near future. An email will be sent when the info and forms are available.

Comal County 4-H Food Challenge

The 4-H Food Challenge will be held November 2nd - time and place to be announced. Information will be posted online and an email sent later this week with information.

Due in the Extension office by 5:00 p.m., Monday, October 19th:
- Team entry form and
- $5 entry fee for each team member (i.e. Team of 3 is $15; Team of 5 is $25)


Swine validation HAS CHANGED!! It is set for November 17th from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. at the Extension office barn. Remember, a parent MUST attend as there are forms to be signed at validation.

Shooting Sports Coach Training - Stephenville

Tree Planting and OPEN HOUSE!

The Texas 4-H Youth Development Program is proud to be partnering with the Texas A&M Forest Service to help celebrate their 100th anniversary of protecting the citizens of Texas, and our country.  To help celebrate the Forest Service's anniversary, One Day 4-H will have a "featured service project" for the first time in the service events seven year history. 

To help celebrate the anniversary, the Forest Service is providing one Bur Oak tree (the only tree that can grow successfully in all 254 counties of Texas) to each county to be planted where the tree can grow and be appreciated for the importance of its purpose.

Our tree is going to be planted on the Extension grounds at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, October 10th. Not only is this "one day 4-H," but it is also an OPEN HOUSE on the Extension grounds.

The Open House will take place from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on the Extension office grounds. Activities that will take place that day:

  9:30 a.m. - 4-H Tree Planting
10:00 - Bugs! - Dr. Don Tuff
10:45 - Drip Irrigation - John Cruickshank and RIchard Vonder Embse
11:30 - Gardening for Butterflies - Linda Valdez
12:15 - Rainwater Harvesting - Troy Luepke
  1:00 - Making a Rain Barrel - Troy Luepke

Ongoing Activities include:
- Garden Tours
- Mulch& Compost
- Native Grasses
- Arboretum Tours
- Petting Zoo
- Kids' Activities

Food and beverages will be available - and don't forget to register for a door prize!

Participants in the Open House include Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, Comal Master Gardeners, Comal Master Naturalists, Herb SIG, New Braunfels Utilities and Comal County 4-H.

Livestock Show Entries - November 9-10-12-13

All livestock show entries – major shows, county 4-H show and county Junior Livestock Show – will be taken November 9 – 10 – 12 – 13. We will stay until 6:30 p.m. on November 13th to accommodate those who cannot get off work to come in during regular office hours (8-12 and 1-5).  We are CLOSED November 11th for Veterans’ Day. Be sure to come in that week or you won’t be showing your animals anywhere!

I am posting the stock show information as it becomes available. Check out our web site at and click on the Publications and Information tab, then Livestock Shows. 

Little Big Shots

"Little Big Shots" is looking to celebrate kids in a fun and entertaining way. We want to encourage safe and fun play to our younger viewers and families. The show will air on NBC Primetime. We are looking for kids who are amazing, funny or just entertaining and talented! Talents can range from performance to smarts to athletic ability and more!

We are particularly seeking 4-H students to come on stage and share with our host Steve Harvey their prize winning pig (non slaughter). We are looking for kids 12 and under who have raised their pig as a  pet and can tell Steve everything he needs to know about what it takes to raise a pig.

You can check out the show on NBC's website, as well as on NBC's casting page

If you have any questions, or if you'd like to connect directly with the production team - please call Tara Triplett at (310) 658-0173 or email at  (

Comal County Fair Parade Pictures

4-H Fair Float

4-H Horse Club in the Fair Parade

Grace Buschfort in the Fair Parade
Makenzie Knipe in the Fair Parade

Samaritan Purse - Operation Christmas Child

Food Challenge at the Comal County Fair

 Thanks to Rosie Miner and Jacey Hall for the pictures!

Tour Guides needed for San Antonio Livestock Expo

The School Tours program gives young students and their teachers the opportunity to learn about past and present methods of agriculture. School Tours are offered to students in Kindergarten through third grade attending public, private and home schools.

High School aged students of the 4-H, FFA and FCCLA organizations from South Texas are invited each year to serve as Tour Guides for this committee. Tour Guides assist in educating the students about agriculture and its valued importance, while sharpening their leadership and responsibility skills. Each tour lasts 2 to  2-1/2 hours.

During the tour, students will visit a number of areas where they can view exhibits and demonstrations. Animal Adventures and the Horse Center are just a couple of the areas students will visit to learn more about agriculture through interactive hands-on displays and view live farm animals that include: cattle, swine, sheep, goat, poultry and horses. The tours also visit the Family Fair area of the grounds. This area has additional exhibits, live entertainment and petting zoos.
Some of these school children think their milk only comes from the store - what an impact you can have on them!
The dates we have available to guide tours this year are:

- Tuesday, February 16, 2016
- Wednesday, February 17, 2016
- Thursday, February 18, 2016
- Friday, February 19, 2016
- Monday, February 22, 2016
- Tuesday, February 23, 2016
- Wednesday, February 24, 2016

This is a firm commitment on your part - you are expected to be at the stock show at 7:30 in the morning and won't be done until 3 p.m. that day. You may lead more than one tour that day and you generally work with another tour guide.

If you are interested in guiding school tours through the San Antonio Livestock Show, please contact Janet at to sign up. Be sure to specify the date you want to guide tours.

Deadline to sign up is November 13, 2015.

Youth in Action Awards

National 4-H Council is now accepting applications for the annual Youth in Action Awards to be presented at the seventh annual Legacy Awards in Washington, D.C. on April 12, 2016.

As one of the highest honors achieved, the 2016 awards have expanded to honor one remarkable 4-H’er within each pillar area: Agriculture and Animal Sciences; Citizenship; Healthy Living; and STEM.

As part of this great honor, each of the four Youth in Action Award pillar winners will receive:
  • Scholarship: A $5,000 scholarship for higher education.
  • Public Recognition: An all-expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C. to be recognized at Council's Legacy Awards on April 12, 2016.
  • Spokesperson Opportunities: Serve as the National Youth Spokesperson for their recognized pillar area.
  • County Recognition: An additional $5,000 grant will be made to each of the awardees’ 4-H County.

In addition, one overall national Youth in Action Award 2016 honoree will be selected from the four pillar winners and will receive an additional $5,000 scholarship.
All applications must be submitted by 12:00 PM ET on Monday, November 30, 2015.

For qualifications, application rules, and information on past honorees, please visit the Youth in Action Award website.

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Gilts - San Angelo - IMPORTANT!

All gilts exhibiting at the San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo in 2016, will be required to be state validated, which includes those animals to be issued a state validation ear tag. These animals must go through the same validation process as a barrow, as far as listed on the validation form, hair samples collected, and an ear tag issued and placed in their ear.

Sherwood 4-H - September Meeting

Sherwood 4-H Club met on September 14th with 60 people in attendance (38 members, 20 adults and 2 guests)/ We gave plant donations to Bulverde Senior Center. Member introductions were made and summer 4-H activities were shared.

Our next meeting is October 12th at 7 p.m. at the Bulverde-Spring Branch Fire & EMS Central Station. Our program will be a Texas Brigades presentation and parliamentary procedure demonstration.

Submitted by: Kayla Wunderlich
Mitchell Rhodes presenting plants to Bulverde Senior Center

Sherwood 4-H Club 2015-2016

2015-2016 State 4-H Photography Rules

For 2015-2016 the theme is “4-H, Ribbons, Awards and Recognition”. This year the theme will focus on still life arrangements of 4-H awards, ribbons and recognition. The arrangement and positioning of items will be strongly evaluated as well as the quality of the photo.  Photo should create emotion and have impact! 

Changes to rules for 2016.  A statement related to the fact that all photos must be the original work of the 4-H member submitting the photograph.  No photograph can be submitted which has been taken by other 4-H members, a family member, or any printed/digital source.  All photos will be scanned through a reverse image search.

This contest is for SENIOR AGED 4-H'ers ONLY (Grades 9-10-11-12). You must submit your photos to the Comal County Extension Office by March 15, 2016 for county judging. Only those selected by the judge will be allowed to enter on 4-H CONNECT, as we can only submit one photo per category. 

Rules are posted on our web site at: 

4-H and FFA Agriculture Photography Contest

The Texas State Preservation Board in partnership with the Texas 4-H Youth Development Program are pleased to present an annual photography contest for members of the Texas 4-H and FFA Programs. This photography contest allows 4-H and FFA members to showcase Texas Agriculture through photos.

A select number of the photographs will be displayed in the Texas State Capitol Agriculture Museum starting in early 2016. Selected photographs will feature a place card with the photographer’s name, city, and age. Photos will remain on display for one year in the Agriculture Museum.

Entry Period:  September 24, 2015 to December 10, 2015

Entry Location:

Rules are posted on our web site:

4-H Week Proclamation

Megan Eckhardt, Shelby Steinbach and Ashley Fuqua with County Extension Agent Dana Williams  receiving the 4-H Week Proclamation at Commissioners Court September 24, 2015.

Mandatory New Shooter Meetings for Claybusters

If your child is interested in joining Claybusters, don’t miss the following two MANDATORY dates:

New Shooter Orientation

When:  October 13 @ 7:00 pm

Where:  Clubhouse @ 1898 Rittimann Rd., Spring Branch TX 78070

This mandatory meeting reveals very important in-depth information about what it takes to be a Claybuster (cost, equipment, time requirements, participation requirements, etc.).  As a new shooter, this meeting is the most informative and will help you determine if being a Claybuster is right for you and your family.

New Shooter Safety Meeting**

When:  October 17 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Where:  Clubhouse @ 1898 Rittimann Rd, Spring Branch, TX 78070

This is a mandatory meeting.  All new shooters must attend this meeting to participate in Claybusters.  This meeting is where shooters are taught how to safely handle their firearm and the details of shooting the different shotgun disciplines in 4-H.

** Another safety meeting will be scheduled at a future date for those that cannot make this meeting; however, attendance at one of these meetings is mandatory to be a Claybuster.

4-H Horse Club - September Meeting

The Comal County 4-H Horse Club met on September 7, 2015 for our first meeting of the year.  We had 57 people in attendance including 34 youth and 23 adults.  Prior to our meeting we had annual awards ceremony and had a potluck dinner. We discussed our upcoming community service opportunities including WORD Clean Up at Canyon Lake, One Day 4-H, and the Satellite Center at Retama.  Our club will have some members riding their horses in the Comal County Fair Parade and will have a float for others to ride on.  Dance tickets were distributed to members for the Comal County 4-H Dance in October.  The upcoming schedules for horse judging, quiz bowl and hippology practice were discussed.  We also plan on having a club ride at the Extension Office Arena and the group trail ride at Canyon Lake this fall.  Our next meeting is planned for October 5, 2015.  

Respectfully submitted by Clayton Elbel, Reporter.

Gruene Kountry - September Meeting

Gruene Kountry met on Sunday, September 13, at Mission Valley Community Center.

There were 71 people in attendance:
33 members, 6 guests, and 32 adults.

The members held their meeting in the schoolhouse while the parents met outside.  The officers led the program, "What Is 4-H?"  We learned about parliamentary procedure, project opportunities, and how our club will make a difference.  We also talked about the 4-H dance and each family donated items for our hunting and fishing basket(s).  We did icebreakers and then played games when the meeting adjourned.

Our next meeting will be October 11 at Landa Park.  We will be doing our One Day 4-H project.  Landa Park has helped our club with past projects, so we want to give back to them.

Submitted by Kasen Kreusler

Gruene Kountry Reporter 

Bulverde 4-H Club - September meeting

The Bulverde 4-H Club held its monthly meeting on September 14, 2015.  There were 7 members and 4 adults present. 
We started the meeting with election of officers. 
            President:  Reagan Hoffmann
            1st Vice President:  Amanda Bryand
            2nd Vice President:  Lucas Bryand
            3rd Vice President:  Avery Shrum
            Secretary/Reporter:  Curtis Stricker
            Historian:  Cody Stricker
            Parliamentarian:  Avery Shrum
            Health & Safety Officer:  Clay Hoffmann
            Council Delegates:  Avery Shrum, Clay Hoffmann, Cody Stricker
            Alternate Delegates:  Amanda Bryand, Lucas Bryand

The 4-H Dance will be October 3, 2015 at Anhalt Dance Hall.  We will donate a Board Game Basket.  Contact our new club manager, Mrs. Stacey Hoffmann, to donate to the basket and for tickets to buy and help sell. 
For our community service project we will help with the Guadalupe River State Park’s Halloween at the Park on Sunday, October 25th.  Bring candy to our next meeting to donate to the event. 
Our next meeting will be held October 12 at 7:00 p.m. in the Rahe Bulverde Elementary School Cafeteria. 

Reporter:  Curtis Stricker  

Claybusters September Meeting

The Claybusters 4-H Club met on 9/13/15 for our monthly meeting.  There were 65 people in attendance including 25 members, 25 adults and 15 guests.  We discussed the beginning of the year rules, practice dates, finances, and cost of round cards.  There will be some changes this year including having a competitive team and doing community service for reduced rounds cards.  We discussed our upcoming community service projects including One Day 4-H, the 4-H booth at the Comal County Fair, and the Senior Serve-a-thon.  The Comal County 4-H Dance, New Shooter Orientation and New Shooter Safety Meeting was also covered.  

Submitted by Cody Elbel, First Vice President for Bradley Lindsey, Reporter. 


Robotics Project
We are pleased to announce that Robotics is now an official project for Texas 4-H members AND an approved project for Clover Kids.  If you have kids interested in the project, they can now add that selection when enrolling on 4-H Connect.   

Texas 4-H Robotics Advisory Committee
Applications for new youth and adult committee members are now open and will close on October 15.  Eligibility and other details can be found in the attached document.  Below are the links for youth and adult applications.  Youth (not adults) are required to have a non-parent/guardian adult complete the Adult Recommendation Form.

Major Stock Shows
San Antonio and San Angelo stock shows are each planning to host their first robotics competitions in 2016. 
·         San Angelo
o   February 11, 2016
o   TCEA Game Format
·         San Antonio
o   Please keep an eye on their website for dates, rules and other details.  Estimated announcement timeframe is early October.

 2016 Roundup
Plans are underway to have an invitational robotics contest at Texas 4-H Roundup in 2016.  Rules and additional details will be released this fall.  Stay tuned.

FREE Online Robotics Course for Beginners

2015 Junior Leadership Retreat

Join us for the 2015 Junior Leadership Retreat November 13-15 at the Texas 4-H Conference Center. It will be a great weekend full of fun, dancing and making great friends. Registration is now open!

Homegrown's 1st Meeting of 2015-2016

Homegrown 4-H Club met on September 10th with 22 people in attendance (12 members, 6 parents/adults and 4 guests). The program, What is a 4-H Project?, was presented by Ashley Fuqua and Jordanne Stetter. We had installation of officers and we discussed one day 4-H ideas. We also discussed our club assignment for putting together the Food Show.

We will have a Mad Hatter party for donation of hats and photography cards for kids.

We discussed our 4-H dance auction item and our job as we are assigned to help the dance dessert table.

We had a few new guests. Our next meeting is October 8th at 3 pm at the County Extension Office - we will discuss one day 4-H projects.

Submitted by: Jacey Hall 

4-H Scholarship Workshop

Collegiate 4-H LogoAre You A High School Junior or Senior?
Are You Planning on Attending College?

If so, join the Texas A&M University Collegiate 4-H Club for this 4-H Scholarship Workshop.

Saturday, September 26, 2015
9:30 am to 2 pm
Rudder Tower, Rooms 10 & 11
Memorial Student Center Complex
Texas A&M University, College Station 
The Texas A&M Collegiate 4-H Club will be hosting a scholarship training for Texas 4-H members and parents who are wanting to learn about completing a 2016 Texas 4-H Opportunity Scholarship Application, or how to prepare and plan for applying for college and/or financial aid. 

The workshop will include:
  • Overview of the scholarship processing including the scoring and selection.
  • Criteria and eligibility
  • Detailed review of each section of application
  • Hints and tips for submitting a quality application
  • General information about college financial aid

Registration is $20.00 per person and includes all workshop materials, breaks and lunch.
Registration is limited to 150! 

Registration deadline is
Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Registration is required for planing purposes and may be completed on 4-H CONNECT. Only one person per household needs to complete the event for all family members attending.

Location for the Training
Room 10 & 11, Rudder Tower, Memorial Student Center Complex
Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas
Thank you for supporting the TAMU Collegiate 4-H Club  
This is an "in person" training and will not be video taped or live streamed. 

Livestock Workshops 101

Broiler Pick Up Days

San Antonio and County Broilers:   PICK UP DAY: January 13, 2016

Houston and Austin Broilers:  PICK UP DAY: January 27, 2016

4-H Age Clarifications for 2015-2016

Minimum/Maximum 4-H Age:
Youth may participate in 4-H year from September 1st of grade three through August 31st following completion of grade twelve, with these age restrictions:
·         Minimum age - 8 (in addition to being in the 3rd grade)
·         Maximum age - 18 (as of August 31, 2015)

Age Divisions:
·         Junior: Grades 3, 4, and 5
·         Intermediate: Grades 6, 7, and 8

·         Senior: Grades 9, 10,11, and 12

Horse Club 2015-2016 Officers

President: Ashley Fuqua
1st Vice-President: Makenzie Knipe
2nd Vice-President: Grace Buschfort
Secretary: Cody Elbel
Treasurer: Emily Boylan
Reporter: Clay Elbel
Parliamentarian: Jacey Hall
Historian: Cheyanne Hatley
Council Delegates: Emily Boylan, Grace Buschfort, Jacey Hall, Makenzie Knipe
Alternate Delegates: Peter Skrivanek,Makenna Hall

Contests - Everything you ever wanted to know, but were afraid to ask!

4-H Contests – Everything you ever wanted to know but were afraid to ask!
4-H has many contests in which members can participate. We’re going to highlight contests here, but all of them – Individual and Team events) are on the state 4-H web site:

Share-the-Fun (Individual or Team of 1-9 Members)
Compete in one of the following categories: Choreographed Routines, Dramedy, Poetry/Prose, Vocal, Celebrate 4-H, Musical/Instrumental, Solo/Band. This competition encourages 4-H members to discover and develop their talents.

Consumer Decision Making (Team of 3-4 Members)
This contest includes 8 judging classes and 2 sets of oral reasons. Seven classes are selected from the study guide – the 8th class is a “mystery” class. Participants are given 7 minutes to place each class and 2 minutes to present each set of oral reasons.

Fashion Show (Individual)
Fashion Show provides opportunities for members to exhibit skills in application of knowledge of fibers and fabrics to wardrobe selection. You can make an outfit and enter the construction division or do comparison shopping and enter the buying division.

Fashion Storyboard (Individual)
Storyboard is an industry-inspired method of displaying original designs. Storyboards create vivid visual images that are interesting and appealing to viewers. The storyboard tells the story of the theme, which changes each year.

Duds to Dazzle (Team of 3-5 Members)
This is a contest that allows members the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge and skills learned in the 4-H Clothing & Textiles Project. Contest focuses on making a viable product by recycling a textile that no longer serves its original purpose.

Food Show (Individual)
Food Show provides an opportunity for 4-H members to showcase their culinary, presentation and interview skills. Members compete in 1 of 4 food categories: protein, fruits & vegetables, grains and dairy. There is a theme each year.

Food Challenge (Team of 3-5 Members)
This is a contest that allows 4-H members to demonstrate their culinary knowledge and skills. From a set of ingredients provided, teams must develop a recipe and prepare the dish, then make a presentation to judges explaining prep, serving size, nutritional value and cost of the dish.

Nutrition Quiz Bowl (Team of 3-4 Members)
Contest helps participants increase their knowledge of basic nutrition, consumer info, food and kitchen safety, food prep skills and storage, and nutrition and health.

Ag Product ID Contest (Team of 3-4 Members)
This gives youth the opportunity to further their knowledge and skills when evaluating agriculture products grown in Texas in a contest setting.

Beef Quiz Bowl (Team of 3 of 4 Members)
This is an exciting, fast-paced opportunity for youth to display their knowledge of the beef industry and the science surrounding beef cattle.

Entomology ID  (Team of 3-4 Members)
Identify selected insects and complete a written examination on insects. Questions are selected primarily from study materials.

Horse Show (Individual)
Members use their own horses to compete in many different areas. There is a District and a State Horse Show each year.

Hippology (Team of 3-4 Members)
Primary objective is to provide the opportunity for youth to demonstrate the breadth of their knowledge and understanding of equine (horse) science and management, and the practical application of this knowledge and skill.  

Horse Judging (Team of 3-4 Members)
Judge 2-4 halter classes and 4-6 performance classes. Three or four sets of oral reasons are required – 1-2 halter and 2-3 performance. Halter classes are chosen from the following breeds: American Paint Horse, American Quarter Horse, Appaloosa, and Palomino. Performance classes are chosen from Trail, Western Pleasure, Western Horsemanship, Western Riding, Reining, Calf Roping, Showmanship at Halter, Hunter Under Saddle, Hunt Seat Equitation, Hunter Hack, and Stock Horse Pleasure.

Horse Quiz Bowl (team of 3-4 Members)
This contest will follow the rules and procedures listed in the Texas 4-H Quiz Bowl Guide. It’s a question and answer jeopardy-style contest, complete with buzzers. Topics are horse nutrition, genetics, reproduction, anatomy and conformation, horse history, management, breeds, showing rules, diseases, tack and equipment, and more. There are lots of study materials available.

Livestock Shows (Individual)
Members take their own livestock projects (lambs, goats, hogs, steers, heifers, rabbits, broilers, turkeys) to local, county and/or major livestock shows. Must follow validation rules as well as show rules.

Livestock Judging (Team of 3-4 Members)
Judge 8 classes (3 beef, 2 sheep, 2 swine, 1 goat), give oral reasons on 4 classes. No printed materials may be used as an aid during the contest. 

Meat Judging & ID (Team of 3-4 Members)
Meat judging and ID is the evaluation and selection of meat cuts from the beef, swine and sheep species.

Mohair Judging (Team of 3-4 Members)
Two classes of 4 fleeces each will be placed and reasons checked. Twenty mohair samples will be evaluated for fineness.

Wool Judging (Team of 3-4 Members)
Judge 2 classes of wool and complete an evaluation form on each. Evaluate 20 fleeces for grade, staple length and yield.

Range & Pasture Grass ID (Team of 3-4 Members)
Contest is held indoors. Contestant is provided a 50 grass contest score card with written grass name answers and characteristics marked. Contestants ID 50 live or mounted grass specimens from the master list.

Range Evaluation (Team of 3-4 Members)
This is an outdoor contest held in a suitable rangeland situation. Contest consists of 3 parts: Plant ID, Range Evaluation and Rangeland Health.  More info here

Soil Judging (Team of 3-4 Members)
Judge 4 soil profiles with 20 minutes allowed for each. Determine soil characteristics and make interpretations based on observation.

Wildlife Challenge (Individual or Team of 3-4 Members)
Covers materials found within 5 Natural Resources projects: Wildlife Habitat Education Program (WHEP), the Hunting & Wildlife Discipline in Shooting Sports, Entomology, Forestry, and Sportfishing.

District Photography Contest
Stand-alone contest. You enter and upload your photos on 4-H Connect. State Photography Contest categories are used. They will be published when received.

State Photography Contest
Qualifying contest – you must enter at the county level and have your photograph selected to move on to State Contest. Enter and upload photos on 4-H Connect after selection. Best of Show photos are enlarged and displayed at State 4-H Roundup.

If you’re interested in one of these contests, please contact the Extension office for more information. All of these are available to 4-H’ers, but we may not currently have an adult leader for every contest. Watch your emails and the newsletter for more information!