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 will be used to fund our 2019 activities. 

Mini Whinnies 4-H Club, Calhoun County, MI

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2018 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 and Reinsmanship.

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!

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Past Events

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 50+ 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 March-April 2019 Calhoun County 4-H newsletter with information about the Michigan 4-H State Awards Program, local scholarship opportunities, and upcoming 4-H sponsored events.


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.
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 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 for Seven 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.

​​Meetings & Upcoming Events

Mini Whinnies 4-H Club Meetings
  Next Mini Whinnies meeting is Tuesday, April 16, 2019, at 7pm.

​Location: Home Grange #129, corner of B Drive South & 9-1/2 Mile Road, Ceresco.


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 tentatively planned for Sunday, August 11th,

in the covered arena beginning at 9am. We will confirm this soon.

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 years old (4-H age) are eligible - and encouraged! - to attend the State show.

​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.

More information and the participation packet will be available soon.