Important project information:
Minnesota 4-H Western Heritage is not a project, but an activity to help youth explore and preserve Western Heritage. As you move through the program, you will explore our Western Heritage and develop an appreciation for it; learn to balance competition and education; learn safety skills; develop tools of sportsmanship and realistic goal setting; and have fun. You need not be enrolled in the Horse project to participate but you must be enrolled in 4-H by the enrollment deadline. 4-H horse ID forms and negative Coggins papers are required on all horses participating.
Participants must attend a safety clinic (put on by a MN 4-H certified instructor). The regional Western Heritage events are held throughout Minnesota, giving you the opportunity for additional competition and experience. You may participate in one regional event of your choice each year. Top-placing participants in grade 6 and older will qualify for the state Western Heritage event. Western Heritage is an activity, not a show class. Qualification in Western Heritage does not enable youth to compete in show classes.
Grade eligibility for regional and state events:
- Junior: Completed grade 4 or 5 (regional only)
- Intermediate: Completed grades 6-8
- Senior: Completed grade 9 to one year beyond grade 12
Horse identification papers must be submitted with regional entries
- Animal science ID requirements and processes
- Western Heritage workbook (PDF)
- Western Heritage contacts (PDF)
2015 Safety Clinics
- Saturday, May 2 — Location TBD, Hawley
- Sunday, May 17 — Al Jones Arena, Pipestone, 10 a.m.
Valerie Wagner 507-828-2666
- Saturday, May 30 and Sunday, May 31 — JS Rodeo Arena, Lakeville, 10 a.m., $60 per day
Daryl Sheetz 320-259-9539 or Troy Walters 612-756-4707
- Saturday, June 20 and Sunday, June 21 — BMW Stables, 29465 Rendova St NE, Isanti, 10 a.m.
Daryl Sheetz 320-259-9539 or Lois Boettcher 763-444-0420
This will be a two day clinic for $50 or one day of either Saturday or Sunday for $30. Saturday will be more dummy work and some live cattle, Sunday a little dummy work and more live cattle. Be sure to read through your rule book, this is the time and place to ask for any clarification on rules you may not understand. Please RSVP.
- Sunday, June 14 — RJ's Stables, 4074 5th Ave NE, Sauk Rapids, 10 a.m.
Daryl Sheetz 320-259-9539
Be sure to read through your rule book, this is the time and place to ask for any clarification on rules you may not understand. Please RSVP.
- Friday, June 27 and Saturday, June 28 — RJ's Stables, 4074 5th Ave NE, Sauk Rapids, 10 a.m.
Daryl Sheetz 320-259-9539
This will be a two day clinic for $50 or one day of either Friday or Saturday for $30. Friday will be more dummy work and some live cattle, Saturday a little dummy work and more live cattle. Be sure to read through your rule book, this is the time and place to ask for any clarification on rules you may not understand. Please RSVP.
2015 Regional events
- Sunday, June 28 — Southwest Region, Al Jones Arena, Pipestone, 10 a.m.
- Saturday, July 25 — Northwest Region, Hawley Rodeo Grounds, Hawley
- Sunday, August 1 — Southeast Region, JS Rodeo Arena, Lakeville
- Monday, August 3 — Northeast Region, RJ's Stables, 4074 5th Ave NE, Sauk Rapids, 10 a.m.
Regional entries are due by July 2015. No late entries will be accepted. Entry form.
Events this year will be: Break away, team roping, goat tying, round pen roping and pen to pen sorting.
2015 State competition
- August 22 — Wright County Fairgrounds, Howard Lake, 11 a.m.
(State committee meeting follows competition on Saturday)
- August 23 — Sunday Fun Day - Wright County Fairgrounds, Howard Lake
Judges / instructor certification
- Sunday, May 24, 2015 — RJ's Stables, 4074 5th Ave NE, Sauk Rapids, 10:30 a.m.
Please contact Becky or Daryl at least a week prior if you are planning to attend