PROJECT CLOSED: 4-H Horse Program Development

Worksite Location
Cornell Cooperative Extension Chemung County
Project Dates
Summer 2020- flexible start and end dates
Faculty Sponsor
Lindsay Goodale, Department of Animal Science
Field Mentors/Supervisors
Sasha Diederich, CCE Chemung County
Project Summary and Intended Outcomes

Chemung County 4-H historically had a strong horse program with regional connections, but in recent years the horse program has waned, in part due to staff changes. Recently there has been an increased interest in the renewal of the regional horse program, and the region now has an opportunity to develop a strong equine educational program based on subject matter expertise at the county level. We are looking to provide education to both youth and club leaders, especially on current and emerging topics such as infectious disease epidemics in NYS, helmet safety, and concussion management. We are interested in developing training opportunities for equine volunteers to strengthen our volunteer base and enhance community participation. The two goals of the intern’s work in the county will be: 1) to implement a regional equine volunteer training day; and 2) to reinstate the inter-county youth educational and experiential equine experience, formerly called the “Inter-County Show.”

Roles and Responsibilities

The CCE-CALS intern on this project will collaborate with 4-H staff and volunteers to plan and implement a regional equine volunteer training. He or she will research current topics of interest and network with industry professionals to organize a full day of “train the trainer” opportunities for volunteers and regional staff. The intern will present to volunteers and youth on current topics in equine management. They will also collaborate with the Chemung County 4-H Horse Advisory Committee and staff to develop a schedule of activities and coordinate logistics for an inter-county 4-H educational and experiential horse weekend as well as a traditional county 4-H horse show. The intern will have the opportunity to develop and expand on their equine knowledge and interests and to share them with volunteers and youth in and around Chemung County. Additional responsibilities may include writing small grants to fund these internship-associated events, managing volunteers, and planning and presenting in equine-oriented educational workshops.

Qualifications and Previous Coursework

The student should demonstrate a basic understanding of the NYS equine industry and be comfortable speaking with community members, working with horses, and working independently.

Student should be comfortable with speaking and presenting.

Recommended coursework: Cornell BIOAP 1100 (Domestic Animal Biology); Cornell ANSC 2650 (Equine Biology and Management)

Benefits and Skills

By the end of the internship, this student will have gained experience and proficiency in:

  • Program planning and implementation
  • Event coordination Equine industry networking
  • Volunteer management
  • Small grant writing and fundraising
  • Workshop planning and presentation
  • Horse show management