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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:

Claybusters' Club Report - September Meeting

Date of Meeting:  09/21/2014

Number of People Attending:
Total: 98                Members: 49       Parents/Adults: 49                  

Program Topic: Parliamentary Procedures

Program Given By: Reva Onderdonk, Parker Smith, Kaleigh Lawson

General Summary of Program: Basic parliamentary procedures and instructions on how and when members should/could make motions were presented.

Community Service Project: One Day 4-H Project will be to assist the Canyon Lake Animal Shelter Society (CLASS) with their adoption program at the end of October.

Other Projects/Business of Special Interest: Members approved new budget and reviewed bylaw amendments to be voted on next month.

Date, Time, & Place of Next Meeting: October 19, 2014 @ 6:30 p.m. @ Comal 4-H Claybusters Clubhouse

Program for Next Meeting: Lainie Ortman, Assistant Club Manager, has invited YTF Representative to club to speak about their program.

Claybusters' Club Report Submitted By: Will Onderdonk

Goat & Lamb Clinic

By: WB Show Clinics

 When: Sunday, November 16, 2014
Where: Comal County Extension Barn 

Time: 9am – 1pm 

Cost: $65 per student  (Family/Sibling Discount - $55 per student)  

Who: Anyone who has a lamb or goat and would like to improve on his or her showmanship skills

What: Traveling Show Clinic

Clinic will include…           
·         This isn’t your average showmanship session; we teach the kids to think for
themselves and outsmart the competition in the ring. 
·         Teaching you how to show the faults out of the animal and highlight its features.  
·         Intense showmanship session that will provide one-on-one lessons to each individual. 
·        You will take home so many new ideas and views on how to truly show your animal and the real meaning of SHOWMANSHIP.  We will put you through every situation that may occur in the arena to keep you one step ahead. 
·       Along with attending a WB Show Clinic, you will receive full communication with Sarah Loving and Kayley Wall throughout the show season in order to help you along the learning process to becoming THAT showman that everyone else WANTS to be. 
·         Other topics, such as feeding and health, can be covered upon request.


Presenters: Sarah Loving and Kayley Wall

Register: Contact Mandy Beaird @  or
512-497-8717. Please register ASAP so the clinic will make, we need 10 students minimum!

***Must bring your own animal***

LAST DAY to order your Swine Validation Tags!!!

to order your Swine Validation Tags!

$12.00 per tag - cash or check only. Come by the Extension Office to order and pay. 
DEADLINE to order is TODAY, September 19, 2014. Please note: Your animal MUST go through the validation process in order to be exhibited.
*Watch for upcoming emails with locations, dates and times. You will need to bring your pig to one of these locations to get validated.

Please remember… Validating your animal DOES NOT enter it in ANY STOCKSHOW.
*Watch for upcoming emails on livestock show registrations.

Sherwood 4-H Club - IMPORTANT Club meeting dates!

Please make a note of date/location changes for the next 2 upcoming Sherwood 4-H Club meetings
  • OCTOBER 13th club meeting has been changed to: Wednesday, October 8, 2014, 6:30pm at the Spring Branch Public Library located at 131 Bulverde Crossing, Bulverde, TX 78163.
  • NOVEMBER 10th club meeting will be held at 7:00pm at the Bulverde Spring Branch Fire EMS located at 353 Rodeo Dr, Spring Branch, TX 78070

Any questions? Please contact:
Barbara Irving at

Summer Horsemanship School Program – JUNE 2015

43rd Annual Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Summer Horsemanship School Program JUNE 2015  

A Great, Affordable, Hands-On Opportunity for Building a Strong Foundation and Advancing Your Horsemanship Skills

The 2015 dates have been determined, and registration is now open for next summer!  Register today to host a horsemanship school in your county!  Youth, parents, and volunteer leaders are all welcome to join in the fun of riding your own horse, enjoying good fellowship with like-minded people, and learning from the Aggie instructors. 

Register by phone:  979-845-2604

·         2-day school date choices (please provide 1st, 2nd, and 3rd choices) - June 1-2, June 3-4, June 5-6, June 8-9, June 10-11, June 12-13, June 15-16, June 17-18, June19-20, June 22-23, June 24-25, June 26-27, June 29-30, July 1-2 

·         3-day school date choices (please provide 1st, 2nd, and 3rd choices) - June 1-3, June 4-6, June 8-10, June 11-13, June 15-17, June 18-20, June 22-24, June 25-27, June 29-July 1

A $300 non-refundable deposit is required upon registering.  Balances of $1000 (2-day) or $1250 (3-day) will be due by May 15th.  It is highly suggested that counties recover the expense by dividing the fee among participants (30 riders = $44 (2-day) and $52 (3-day) per rider).

Participants receive instruction on basic, intermediate, and advanced horsemanship skills and maneuvers and have the opportunity to practice them with guided instruction.  Topics include the following maneuvers: rein aids, lateral movement (hip-in, side-pass, and two-track), collection, stopping, backing, rollbacks, turnarounds (spins), speed control, simple lead changes, and flying lead changes, along with other specialized events, short, interactive lectures, and games.

Overall, counties have been very pleased with the schools.  Comments made about the schools

include the following:

• "I learned so much about solving unexpected problems!"

• “The information was very well presented.”

• “The program is excellent for beginner to advanced riders.”

• “This clinic helped me with what I needed and even showed me some new things I want to now work on and perfect.”

• “The trainers were very knowledgeable and courteous. I learned much.”

Over the past 42 years, the program has reached 48,009 youth, parents, and volunteer leaders.  A total of 1,383 schools have been conducted, and there have been 244 different college students who have served as instructors in the program.

If you have any questions at all, please call: 

Teri Antilley, M.S.
Extension Horse Program Specialist
979-845-5264 office

2015 Texas 4-H Photography Contests

Hill Country Central 4-H Club News

Hill Country Central 4-H Club News
Hill Country Central 4-H Club met on September 16th at Canyon High School at 7:00 pm. The program was given by club manager, Barbara Vineyard and new club officers were installed. 
Items discussed: It's time to JOIN 4-H if you haven't already! One-Day 4-H projects for October 11th, 4-H Dance, Swine validation tags,  deadline for broiler orders, Quality Counts, 4-H Fun Day on November 15th, and Rabbit validation information.
*Reminder was given to PLEASE check the blog at for all 4-H information.

Rabbit 4-H Club News

Comal County Rabbit 4-H Club September meeting
Meeting Opened at 7:00 pm

Mrs. Dunckel talked about:
1. Promote 4-H poster contest - entries due Friday, Sept. 19th.
2. 4-H Dance at Anhalt Dance Hall, see Mrs. Dunckel to purchase or sell tickets.
3. Time to register for 4-H at $20.00 per child
4. Must have rabbit TRIO breed stock (2 does & 1 buck) by November 1, 2014.
5. Trio VALIDATION is November 15th at the Comal County Fairgrounds.
6. Next Comal County Rabbit 4-H Club meeting October 21st.

Officers for 2014-2015
President - Hunter Sidel
Vice President - Catlyn Homewood
Secretary - Taylor Swanson
Reporter - Reagan Hoffman
Parliamentarian - Skyler Dunivan
Historian - McKenzie Dunivan
Delegates: Hunter Seidel, Caitlyn Homewood , Rebecca Aylesworth, Skyler Dunivan

Meeting closed at 8:15 pm

4-H Heifer Validation

4-H Heifer Validation
If you have a child or children that will be showing a heifer this year UNDER 4-H, please email Rosie Miner the number of heifers as soon as possible or call 830-620-3440.

Junior Leadership Retreat 2014

Registration is open from Sept. 8 - Nov. 3


4-H Google Calendar

Saddle Slappers' Club Report - September Meeting

Date of Meeting: September 1, 2014

Number of People Attending:
Total: 65    Members: 40    Parents/Adults: 25

Program Topic: Ice Cream Social and Information Booths

Program Given By: Saddle Slappers Club Officers and Adult Leaders

General Summary of Program: Members and guests enjoyed ice cream while browsing different booths that had representatives from different activities in the horse project. New members and visitors were able to get more information on specific areas of the horse project and on upcoming events.

Community Service Project: 2 Hands 2 Cans led by Ashley Fuqua and Grace Buschfort.

Other Projects/Business of Special Interest: 4-H Dance auction item and club responsibilities were discussed. It was announced that club t-shirts were for sale. The county wide community service project 2 Hands 2 Cans was mentioned by Grace Buschfort. Clay Elbel presented the option for an English riding clinic in the fall.

Date, Time, & Place of Next Meeting: October 6, 2014 at 7:00 pm, Extension Meeting Room

Saddle Slappers' Club Report Submitted By: Ashley Fuqua

Sherwood's Club Report - September Meeting

Date of Meeting: September 9, 2014

Number of People Attending:
Total: 57    Members: 37    Parents/Adults: 19    Guests: 1

Program Topic: Member Introduction & 4-H Summer Activities

Program Given By: Will Krause

General Summary of Program: Everyone shared and introduced themselves. A lot of new members were present.

Community Service Project: Fire Station donation kitchen items basket.

Other Projects/Business of Special Interest: Distributed dance tickets, reviewed enrollment, discussed hosting the Food Challenge, passed motion to make a gift card basket for the 4-H Dance.

Date & Time of Next Meeting: October 13, 2014 @ 7:00 pm

Program for Next Meeting: Checks, Balances, & Banking and Buckskin Brigades Presentation.

Sherwood's Club Report Submitted By: Megan Eckhardt

4-H Hunter Safety Camp

Hays County Bobcat Classic

Casey Roe for more information:
469-955-4919 or email at


Swine Validation Tags are NOW Available!

$12.00 per tag - cash or check  only. Come by the Extension Office to order and pay.
DEADLINE to order is Friday, September 19, 2014. Please note: Your animal MUST go through the validation process in order to be exhibited.    No tag - No Show!

Watch for upcoming emails with locations, dates and times. You will need to bring your pig to one of these locations to get validated.

*A PARENT MUST BE PRESENT at Validation! Please remember… Validating your animal DOES NOT enter it in ANY STOCKSHOW. Watch for upcoming emails on livestock show registrations.

Hippology Team Kudos

The Comal County 4-H Senior Hippology Team, members of and representing the Saddle Slappers 4-H Club, placed fourth at the Texas 4-H Hippology State Contest on September 6th in Kaufmann, Texas. The Hippology contest is a test of  knowledge of all areas of the horse project. Contestants judge classes of horses, have a written test, identify tack and equipment, and identify different colors and breeds of horses. Also included in the Hippology contest is a team problem and a team presentation. The team members left to right in photo are Cheyanne Hatley, Clay Elbel, Rachel Fuqua and Ashley Fuqua. Congratulations on a job well done!

Rocketry Essay Contest

The Texas 4-H Youth Development Program is excited to announce another exciting event during National 4-H Week.  This one includes an opportunity for 4-H youth and adults to visit the NASA Johnson Space Center (JSC) in Houston, Texas for a fun-filled day of educational experiences in the aerospace and rocketry project.  The Texas 4-H Program has partnered with NASA’s Summer of Innovation and the Texas A&M University Department of Geology to select up to 30 4-H members and adults to take an educational tour of Johnson Space Center on Wednesday, October 8, 2014.   

This event will coincide with the 4-H National Day of Science and the 2014 science project of “Rockets to the Rescue.”  Selected participants will be led on a guided tour beginning at Space Center Houston, then toured through a variety of areas of the NASA field center.  Throughout the day the participants may have the opportunity to meet with scientists and engineers working on NASA’s major projects and/or current and former astronaut crew members.  The end of the experience will include the youth and adults coming together into teams to build their own “Rockets to the Rescue” rocket and launch from the grounds of NASA Johnson Space Center.

The contest is open to all 4-H members in grades 6th to 12th, adult volunteers, and County Extension Agents in Texas.  To apply, applicants will complete three simple questions online at:  Each question is limited to 300 charters and the questions are:
  1. The Orion Spacecraft is a new era in space travel for the United States.   It is a part of NASA’s new space launch system will allow people to travel beyond any limits we have been before to such places as Mars.  In your opinion, why are projects such as the Orion Project important to our country and world?
  2. As a 4-H member/adult in Texas and having an interest in the areas of science, technology, and/or rocketry, how do you think 4-H can play a part in the Orion Project?
  3. If you were an astronaut and selected to fly on a Orion, what type of experiment would you like to conduct in space and why would you choose that particular experiment?
Rules for the contest are:
  1. Entries are now being accepted at:
  2. All entries must be submitted online.
  3. Up to 30 youth and adults will be selected from across Texas in order to represent all geographic areas of Texas and 4-H membership.
  4. Youth and adult selected are responsible for their own travel and expenses to and from the NASA Johnson Space Center.
  5. Only those youth and adults selected can attend the NASA Johnson Space Center experiences.  Any parents, siblings, and/or spouses can visit Space Center Houston, Galveston Island, or other local venues during the time of the event.
  6. You may be required to provide a photo id for the JSC tour.
  7. Contest will close on Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at midnight.
  8. Winners will be notified via email on Friday, September 26th.
This is a great opportunity for our 4-H members to become highly engaged in the area of rocketry and aerospace, as well as an opportunity to recognize and train 4-H volunteers and agents in an exciting new project for either community clubs or SPIN 4-H Clubs.  We hope that you will join us in promoting and encouraging your 4-H members to consider this opportunity.

Robotics Online Course, Advisory Committee, Grants

Robotics Online Course for CEAs, Leaders and Members Offered this Fall
Texas Tech has graciously offered to conduct a FREE online robotics course for our Texas 4-H adults and members.  Individuals will learn the basics of building and programming the Lego Mindstorm EV3 robot.  Details and instructions for signing up are included in the attached flyer.  


Robotics Advisory Committee
Please see the attached document regarding a new state-level advisory committee being formed.  Applications are open now through October 10.  Applications are open to any County Extension Agent, teen 4-H member, or adult volunteer.  Each youth applicant must also have a reference complete the online recommendation form.  Links to the online youth and adult applications and the recommendation form are below.   Committee meeting dates will be determined once members have been selected.


Grants for Texas FIRST Lego League Teams

FIRST® in Texas Foundation Now Accepting Applications for Robotics Team Grants
The FIRST® in Texas Foundation is thrilled to announce that they are now accepting applications for team grants made possible by the Texas Workforce Commission, Dell, Freescale Foundation, 3M, and US FIRST® to support K-12 FIRST® Robotics teams throughout the state of Texas. All grants will be distributed through the FIRST in Texas Foundation.

To qualify for funds, applicants must complete the application provided on the FIRST® in Texas Foundation grant application page.

FTC and FLL - Sunday, October 5th
FRC and Jr. FLL -Sunday, October 26th

For more information, visit the Frequently Asked Questions page.
About FIRST® in Texas Foundation:
FIRST® in Texas Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit foundation that supports FIRST® Robotics teams and events across Texas with a focus on increasing accessibility for low-income and underrepresented students. FIRST® participants are significantly more likely to attend college, major in science or engineering, and be outstanding future employees and citizens. By investing in Texas students’ participation in FIRST®, we address the growing demands of the STEM workforce. 

LEGO Education Training
There is a LEGO Education Training coming up in Lubbock on the September 21/22 weekend. Cost is $300. For more information please inquire with Cathy Morton (