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Mini Whinnies 4-H Club, Calhoun County, MI


Important Information & Links

Mini Whinnies Pancake Breakfast - Sunday, February 17, 2019
Home Grange #129, Ceresco, MI
For a mere $6, guests were served all-you-can-eat pancakes, scrambled eggs,
homemade sausage, applesauce, and beverage. Our members did a wonderful job serving, our adult Dining Room and

Food Service leaders kept things humming, and our kitchen staff outdid themselves!

Many our our members' parents and grandparents also helped and all are greatly appreciated!

A big thank you to all who came out to enjoy the breakfast - your donations are used to fund our activities. 

4-H Club Members Are Dear to Our Hearts!

The 2019 Calhoun County Mini Whinnies 4-H Club and Mini Whinnies Youth Club

currently has 60+ members,

from Clover Buds (5 years old)

to senior members (6 to 21 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 very important Fair edition of the Calhoun County 4-H newsletter and here for the July-August newsletter with information about the Michigan 4-H State Awards Program, local scholarship opportunities, and upcoming

4-H sponsored events.

Mini Whinnies 4-H Club Work Outs
The next Mini Whinnies work out is Wednesday, July 31, at 6pm, ​​

​at the Calhoun County Fairgrounds covered arena.

Bring your project animal and practice showmanship and trail!

Barn cleanup and group picture is scheduled for Wednesday, August 7, at 6pm, at our Mini Whinnies barn at the Calhoun County Fairgrounds. Bring your Mini Whinnies t-shirt for the picture and cleaning supplies.

Enrollment for the 2019 4-H Year

The deadline for returning members to enroll was December 1, 2018.

If you missed the deadline to re-enroll, contact the MSU Extension office.

New members have until May 1, 2019 to enroll using the 4-H Online system - it's easy!.

Note that your enrollment is not complete until you have paid the $20 4-H participation fee.
Checks can be made payable to "MSU" and mailed to MSU Extension 315 W. Green St., Marshall, MI 49068.
Contact the MSU Extension office at 269-781-0784 with any questions.

2019 Calhoun County Fair

The 2019 Calhoun County Fair is scheduled for Sunday, August 11 to Saturday, August 17, 2019. 

Notebook judging will be Saturday, August 10th at our Mini Whinnies barn from 9am - 12pm.

Horses should arrive Saturday, August 10th no sooner than 1pm; they should be in their stall and settled by 8pm.

Our entire Mini Whinnies show is planned for Sunday, August 11th, in the covered arena beginning at 9am.

Click here for the 2019 Calhoun County Fair Livestock Fair Book and to access the online entries site.

​The Miniature Horse Project is Department 17 and is located on page 31.

Online entries MUST be completed by July 9, 2019. 

2019 State Miniature 4-H Horse Show

The State Miniature 4-H Horse Show is scheduled for Saturday, August 17, 2019,

at the South Barn, at the MSU Pavilion in East Lansing.

New this year! Mini Whinnies members who are 11 to 19 years old (4-H age) are eligible -

and encouraged! - to attend the State show. The deadline for entry is Tuesday, July 9, at the MSU Extension office.

​Even though this event is during our Fair, for members who wish to attend,

their horses will be released from the Fairgrounds early  in order to travel and participate in the State show. 

Click here for the Michigan 4-H State Show page with links to the delegate information packet and entry form.

Want to know more about the Mini Whinnies 4-H Club?
Contact one of our Mini Whinnies leaders for more information...

Lori Wilson at loriw8000@tds.net or 269-303-1552

Johanna Wilson at johamwil77@att.net or 269-967-5340

Katie Brodock at katiebrodock@gmail.com or 269-420-9320 

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.

While not strictly a mini club, the Great Lakes Buckskin Association (GLBA) offers two weekend shows a year 

at the MSU South Pavilion in East Lansing, MI, with many classes for minis of all colors!
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!

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

IBHA: International Buckskin Horse Association

ABRA: American Buckskin 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.

here for the article (used with permission)

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

join the Miniature Horse Discussion Barn on Facebook.

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
Little Horses Big Smiles, for Mini Therapy Horses,

for Mane in Heaven Miniature Therapy Horses, for Mini Hooves of Love Therapy Horses

​and forSeven Oaks Farm Miniature Therapy Horses, just to name a few.

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.