The Nebraska 4-H Horse Advisory Committee serves as a group of representatives who provide guidance, solicit support, and assist in carrying out program activities in the interest of the 4-H youth development and horse program. This committee is made up of 4-H volunteer leaders and Extension personnel who are interested in promoting positive youth development and the 4-H horse program. Their input, fundraising and interaction help 4-H to provide the needed educational programs for the Nebraska 4-H Horse Program. Advisory members should act in the overall best interest of all young people and are expected to regularly attend meetings and subcommittee meetings, volunteer at State 4-H Horse events and activities and support the final recommendation and decision of the 4-H Horse Advisory Committee. The Nebraska 4-H Horse Advisory Committee operates to provide advice and support to the Youth Extension Horse Specialist, Dr. Lena Luck and Extension Assistant, Grace McCarthy.
Develop relationships and engage community partnerships to benefit the 4-H horse program.
Secure resources to benefit the 4-H horse program.
Establish and support policy.
Advocate for youth and Nebraska Extension.
Recruit volunteers to support the program.
Committees support effective and efficient use of time and resources and provide opportunities for expanded youth development.
Sponsorship & Fundraising committee
Awards & Apparel committee
Rule Book committee
Youth Activity committee
Volunteer Relations committee
Committee Chair Duties
All 4-H leaders, parents, and trainers regardless of race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, and marital and family status are eligible for membership on this committee.
- Follow the 4-H volunteer code of conduct
- Attend and participate in 75% of committee meetings in a calendar year (Zoom or in-person)
- Be fair, open, and respectful to others
- Strive to appreciate differences in approach and point of view, whether from each other and/or the community
- Accept decisions of the majority and defend the committee's decisions to the community
- Become acquainted with the State 4-H programs and the ways they best serve youth
- Have an understanding of youth needs and issues
- Open to reaching youth through a variety of programming structures
- Serve on sub-committees
- Be an advocate for the 4-H Horse program
- Complete commitments in a timely fashion
- Volunteer at a minimum of one State 4-H Horse event each year (Stampede, District Horse Show, State Horse Show, 4-H Rodeo)
Length of Membership
4-H leaders, parents, and trainers can serve up to a 3-year term on the committee before being rotated off with other prospective members to bring fresh ideas and enthusiasm for a strong youth program. A member may succeed him/herself before the maximum term but not exceed it. Extension personnel are not limited to the 3-year term due to the limited number of equine personnel in the organization (the term is unlimited until personnel would like to resign).
The Nebraska 4-H Horse Advisory Committee meets an estimated 4 times a year (1 in person, all day meeting). It is expected that members are also a part of sub-committees that may meet at a higher frequency apart from the main committee (for example- a sub-committee may meet once a month). Other expectations of members are to volunteer at a minimum of one State Horse Contest (Stampede, State Horse Show, and 4-H Rodeo).