Horse and Pony


Horse Project members will learn horse behavior and terms, study the breeds and identify body parts, and saddle, groom, and
bridle your horse. Project members will also learn horse safety and horse selection.

Through the Horseless Horse Project, members do not need to have a horse. They will learn horse behavior, body parts, and other components of the project without a horse.

Project Leader

Ursula Yaeggi (920) 988-9610


Future meeting dates will be announced as restrictions for gathering are lifted.

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JCHP Scholarship Applications – Due July 15, 2020 to Extension Office.

NEW! JCHP Eligibility Card

Committee Meetings- Committee Meetings are held every month on the 2nd Thursday of the month at 7 pm at the Jefferson County Extension Office

Countywide Meetings- Countywide Meetings are held the 3rd Tuesday of the month at the Fair Park at 7 pm (except the meetings in February, March, May, and June which start at 6:30 pm)

JCHP Committee

2019-20 Horse and Pony Committee
Adult Chairman – Ursula Yaeggi (920-988-9610) / Youth Chairman – Sarah Williams
Adult Vice Chair – Shannon Streich (608-219-2097) / Youth Vice Chair – Jadyn Splittgerber
Adult Secretary – Julie Hunstiger (262-391-4905) / Youth Secretary – Sydney Streich
Adult Treasurer -Lori Hogan (262-490-0025) / Youth Treasurer – Lydia Ciciva
Adult Reporter – Kari Barnes (414-510-9638) / Youth Reporter – Nina Barnes
Adult At Large – Pam Drewek (920-397-0087), Wendy Cooper (859-743-9380) / Youth At Large –  Katie Thelen

Historian – Penny LePak (262-949-2856)

Horse and Pony Ambassador – Virginia Klecker


JCHP Calendar

October Committee Meeting- October 10
Countywide Meeting- October 15
November Horse & Pony Banquet- November 9th (Fair Park)
Committee Meeting- November 15
No Countywide Meeting
December Committee Meeting- December 12
No Countywide Meeting
January Committee Meeting- January 9
Countywide Meeting- January 21
Tack Sale- January 19
February Committee Meeting- February 13
Countywide Meeting- February 18
March Committee Meeting- March 12
Countywide Meeting- March 17 – at the Extension Office
April Committee Meeting- April 9
Countywide Meeting- April 14

Monday Night Lessons Begin- April 20

(Check Educational Opportunities Tab for Monday Night Lesson Schedule)

May Committee Meeting- May 14
Countywide Meeting- May 19
May Show- May 25
June Committee Meeting- June 11
Countywide Meeting- June 16
July Jefferson County Fair- July 8-12, 2020 – CANCELLED

JCHP Handbook & By-Laws

Educational Opportunities

  • Drill Team
  • Point Card
  • Monday Night Lessons
    • Monday Night Lessons will start in spring of 2021!
    • More information coming soon!
  • Horse Education
    • Horse Education is cancelled for the remainder of the 2019-2020 4-H year.
    • Horse Education is a great opportunity for younger members to learn about horses and to potentially compete in the Horse Bowl!

Horse Education

Horseless Horse Program

  • Horseless Horse is designed to help allow kids who don’t have an animal of their own a chance to participate in the horse project with minimal financial obligation. They “share” an animal already going to the fair with another project member – no separate stall is required. Because these members tend to be very beginners and have limited responsibility and knowledge about handling the animal, they are restricted to showing only Horseless Horse Showmanship and Horseless Horse walk/trot riding classes and no trail or speed premium classes. Their “Buddy” is the experienced owner of the animal and is expected to be working with the Horseless Horse member throughout the year to teach them the basics on care, handling, showmanship, riding, safety, horse behavior and assist them with improving their ability to handle the animal safely and with confidence. Matching up the Buddy with the Horseless Horse member is sometimes a challenge, but often it tends to be someone within your own club or at a boarding stable that is nearby. The 4-H network tries to help match people.
  • Horse project members are to be primarily responsible for the care of their animal project (no other 4-H members train or manage their animal). Within the horse project, family members can share an animal or you can “manage” an animal you lease or borrow from someone else (that sounds like you). When you are either a traditional or a “managerial” member, you are responsible financially and physically for the care, maintenance and development of the project animal. You are not restricted to any particular classes – your class entry is based on your abilities.  You would reserve a stall for your animal at the fair. The purpose of the managerial option is to allow kids who can’t own their own animal the opportunity to experience what it would be like to own one – handling, regular exercise & training, daily care or being financially responsible for boarding, etc. The 4-H network doesn’t generally get involved with trying to find managerial animals for kids, however being involved in the project tends to bring those opportunities out in the open. 
  • Horseless Horse members- please follow this link to fill out survey to be matched with a buddy! 




Mission statement

The Jefferson County Horse & Pony Ambassador program strives to provide an

opportunity to practice advanced leadership skills related to mentoring other project youth

and to represent and promote the 4-H Horse program for public relations purposes at

county and state events.

Current Ambassador – Virginia Klecker (2019-2020)

Past Ambassadors

Micah Yaeggi (2018-2019)

Kayla Donaldson (2017‐2018)

Melissa Melcher (2016‐2017)

Destiny Donaldson (2015-2016)

Natalie Ciciva (2014-2015)

Holly Graffin (2013-2014)

Amanda LePak (2012-2013)

Amanda French (2011-2012)

Caitlin Finger (2010-2011)

Morgan Endl (2009-2010)

Jason Kissner (2008‐2009)

Becky Ruehle (2007‐2008)


Awards & Additional Resources

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