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Help Fund 4-H Horse State Educational Teams!

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Project ended on November 15, at 08:00 AM EST
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Help Establish a 4-H Educational Contest Endowment Fund in Memory of Melissa Madagan

Longtime 4-H Horse Program Volunteer, Melissa Madagan, loved serving her club as an educator and a coach. She raised up her 4-Hers, many who never owned a horse, to enjoy the many benefits of learning about horses through the educational contests all while teaching skill sets in critical thinking, speaking skills, and leadership. Several of her club members competed in horse bowl, hippology, horse judging and the communications contests, and many often moved on to Regional and National competitions. Melissa's passion for excellence filtered into others beyond her immediate club which inspired many to be the best they can be through the 4-H program. Her hard work and tenacity in educating youth was always filled with excitement, enthusiasm, and successful fundraising to be able to meet competition goals.

This endowment, once fully funded, will be created in Melissa's name to honor her passion for the 4-H program by awarding scholarships to applicants on the Regional and National teams. Funds will be used to disburse scholarships annually to those 4-H applicants that demonstrate the same passion for excellence and the need for travel funds to these Regional and National contests.

Give today in memory of Melissa Madagan and ensure the longevity of the educational contests while providing all youth equal access to find their passion and create positive change in their lives and community.  

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Local Challenge

4-Hers begin their journey to Nationals through the local 4-H clubs. This is where Melissa made the greatest impact as a volunteer, teaching 4-Hers about the horse through horse bowl and hippology!


District Challenge

As 4-Hers learn more about the horse, they have opportunities at the District level to compete and earn awards, by demonstrating what they know about the horse. Melissa ensured that her 4-Her's experienced this level of competition, to open opportunity for a bigger world beyond their community.


State Challenge

After qualifying at the District level, all 4-Her's have the opportunity to compete at EquiSmartz in the spring. This is the state level educational contest where top winners move on to Regionals and Nationals. Melissa enjoyed seeing her youth compete and win at the State level! Little did they know what amazing opportunities abound beyond State!


Regional Challenge

4-Hers travel to Perry, GA at the end of July every year to be a part of the Virginia Delegation, representing the best of the best competing with 13 Southern states which come together at the Southern Regional 4-H Championships. Melissa coached her highly competitive teams in both Horse Bowl, Hippology, and in the Communications Contest. Traveling to Georgia gives many youth a chance of a lifetime to meet other like-minded, horse-loving 4-Hers, creating opportunities and friendships that they would never have otherwise.


National Challenge

Senior 4-Hers grow in their knowledge of the horse from their early roots at the local level, paving their way to Nationals by working hard at being the best that they can be! Melissa coached her National teams with weekly study sessions! Today, 4-Hers study weekly with their state team coaches and travel to Louisville, KY to compete against 25 states every year in early November with great hopes and an excellent chance at bringing home home a National Championship!

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