Mini Whinnies 4-H Club, Calhoun County, MI

Meetings & Upcoming Events...

Mini Whinnies 4-H Club Meetings
  Workouts are scheduled for Wednesday, June 13th and Wednesday, June 27th at

6pm at Harper Creek Stable, 11432 8-1/2 Mile Road, Ceresco, MI 49033

​Bring your project animal and practice showmanship, trail, and jumping!

2018 Calhoun County Fair

Saturday, August 11 (Notebook Judging) through Saturday, August 18.

​Mini Whinnies showing is planned for Sunday, August 19 and Monday, August 20.

​Click here for the 2018 Livestock Fair Book and here for the Non-Livestock Fair Book.

All entries are required to use the Fair's online portal, found on their website.

Entries are due no later than July 9, 2018 (no exceptions). 


Mini Whinnies Pancake Breakfast - Sunday, February 18, 2018
Home Grange #129, Ceresco, MI
What a wonderful turnout! Mini Whinnies members served over 300 all-you-can-eat breakfasts

of pancakes, scrambled eggs, homemade sausage, applesauce, and beverage. 
Thank you to our sponsors and those who donated and/or contributed in so many ways. A big thank you to our hard working club members, parents, and friends... the kitchen team, for your all day work, from set up and prepping to cooking to cleaning
  and the dining room team, for making sure everything flowed well. Your work for the benefit of the club is greatly appreciated!
We also sincerely thank the members of the community who came out to support our club!

Congratulations to our Mini Whinnies members on the Fair Court... Far right, Paige Fountain and second to the right, Adam Wilson. 

2017 Calhoun County Fair
Calhoun Co. Fairgrounds, Marshall, MI
What a wonderful - hot, rainy, and humid! - week at the Fair!
Nearly 50 Mini Whinnies members showed in Halter, Showmanship, In Hand Trail, Jumping, Costume,
Pleasure Driving, Reinsmanship, and Versatility.

The work our exhibitors put in over the past year really paid off - lots of medals, ribbons, and trophies were handed out!
We are so very proud of all of these young people! They are the best!

Thank you to our wonderful Mini Whinnies parents, grandparents,

friends, and family for these great pictures!

4-H Club Members Are Dear to Our Hearts!

The 2018 Calhoun County Mini Whinnies 4-H Club currently has nearly 60 members,

from Clover Buds (5 to 8 years old) to 4-H senior members (9 to 19 years old).
Check out the MSU Extension website and

the National 4-H website for scholarship opportunities, important dates to remember, and 4-H news.

​Click here for the 2018 Fair Newsletter 

​from our MSU Extension office.

It contains helpful information for those

attending the Calhoun County Fair

with a Mini Whinnies project animal. 

Want to know more about the Mini Whinnies 4-H Club?
Contact Lori Wilson at or 269-303-1552 or

Johanna Wilson at or 269-967-5340 for more information. 

Looking for a Miniature Horse club for adults?
Check out the ASPC/AMHR Club of Western Michigan, (AAWM) located in western Michigan.
See also the Blue Water Miniature Horse Club (BWMHC), located in eastern Michigan.
Note: You don't have to have a registered Shetland Pony or Miniature Horse or
even own one to be a member of any of these great clubs!

Want to learn how to drive a Miniature Horse?
We highly recommend Bob Beckel of White Oak Miniature Horses
located in Stockbridge, MI (south of Lansing, north of Jackson)
Bob's program is geared toward the adult learner, with well-trained driving minis
and an indoor arena and outdoor driving area.

Shetland & Miniature Horse Registry Links
ASPC: American Shetland Pony Association / AMHR: American Miniature Horse Registry
AMHA: American Miniature Horse Association

Maximizing Mini Health
Miniature horses might be small, but their health needs are just as sizable as
their full-size counterparts. Check out this great article from "The Horse" online magazine.
Click here for the article (used with permission)

Want more information about Miniature Horses?
Check out Lil Beginnings Miniature Horse & Pony International

What can you do with a Miniature Horse?
Besides all the fun we have driving, showing and just playing with our minis, 
with specialized training, these small equines make wonderful therapy animals.
Check out the Facebook pages for Charlie Miniature Therapy Horse,  Rosie Toess,
Amos the Wonder Horse, and Gentle Carousel Miniature Therapy Horses.
These tiny, specially trained therapy horses work inside hospitals, 
as part of assisted living and hospice programs and
in programs for Alzheimer patients, adults and children with disabilities
and at risk and abused children.