Every year since 1966, 4-H Horse Project members can apply for a Dan Patch/Youth Leadership award. In order to apply, participants must have been enrolled at least two years in the Minnesota 4-H Horse or Horseless Horse Project and have participated in at least one horse-related leadership role.
In April, all applicants submit a two-page resume and an eight-page portfolio. They are judged on a broad base of Learning, Leadership and Service within the 4-H Horse Project, other 4-H project areas, and within their community.
There are two divisions for the Award: 10th – 13th-graders compete to become the Dan Patch winner. After scoring the résumé/portfolios, the top 20 advance to a Phase 2 Judging Day, which was held virtually this year. They were interviewed on their Learning, Leadership and Service. They individually prepared and presented on an equine-related topic, and they were placed in random groups to collaborate on a group problem. The 10 individuals with the top scores after all five judged events are considered “finalists.” This year Allyana Eblen of the Koronis Eager Beavers, earned the top honor as the Dan Patch Winner.
The younger division, Youth Leadership, is for 6th – 9th-graders; they are only judged on their résumés and portfolios. This year Zoe Eblen of the Koronis Eager Beavers is in the Top 10 Youth Leadership Division.
Each of the Dan Patch and Youth Leadership finalists receive an embroidered shirt and a plaque. They also have a reserved stall in the Center Aisle for next year’s Minnesota 4-H Horse Show. In addition, Allyana receives a $500 scholarship.
Allyana and Zoe represent the best of the Minnesota 4-H Horse Project. Congratulations!
For more information about the Minnesota 4-H Horse Project visit https://extension.umn.edu/4-h-
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