The mission of Texas 4-H Equine Ambassador program is to provide 4-H members the opportunity to develop and practice advanced leadership skills related to mentoring other youth, and to become advocates for the equine industry in Texas.
The program is open to all Texas 4-H members ages 14-17 with at least one full year of 4-H eligibility remaining. Selection will be based on application and recommendation letters. Recommendation by an adviser is required with application. Ownership of a horse is NOT a requirement or a part of the selection criteria. For more details about dates, locations, etc., click on the “Ambassador Packet” link below.
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The Texas 4-H Equine Ambassador Program is designed as an in-depth learning experience for selected youth to represent the equine industry in Texas. Training includes a short course experience in the most heavily populated horse industry area of Texas. During this four-day training, more than 30 hours of rigorous instruction by university faculty, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Specialists, and County Extension Agents cover topics such as leadership, career development, horse care and training philosophies and Horse Industry advocacy. Youth also learn the value of giving back to the community. Below are objectives of the Texas 4-H Equine Ambassador program:
- Prepare youth to serve in leadership capacities in horse projects and programs across Texas.
- Prepare youth for the experience of the university setting, through intensive science based instruction and experiences.
- Prepare and provide opportunities for youth to serve in advocacy roles for the Equine Industry, 4-H, and the horse programs.
- Develop a heightened awareness of career opportunities in the equine industry and advocacy.
Texas 4-H members selected to serve as a Texas 4-H Equine Ambassador are required to commit at least thirty (30) hours of service annually helping educate other 4-H’ers about their horse project as well as interpreting the positive aspects of horses in our society. The program is designed for motivated youth desiring to enhance their knowledge and skills of the equine industry and agriculture, develop leadership as well as to share their knowledge with others. Equine Ambassadors will be expected to use the knowledge and skills learned from the training to help others in their local 4-H clubs and beyond. An accountability system will be in place for equine ambassadors to record their service hours and acts.
Ambassador Packet – PDF
In Their Own Words
It’s great for people who are interested in the horse industry. In the horse project there is so much more than just showing. You really don’t even have to own a horse to be a part of the horse project. There are so many opportunities that 4-H provides and the Equine Ambassador program really highlights those that are in the horse project. I think that it is especially good for people who are interested in making a career out of it, because it shows every aspect of the industry. From the nitty-gritty, to the glorious. Plus, you get to meet people that you wouldn’t have regularly had the opportunity to meet.
There is also the leadership training, which is always important for every aspect of life. You don’t just get to learn more about horses, but you also get amazing leadership training that you don’t get anywhere else. From public speaking to leading in the background, they stress both and try to prepare you to be able to answer the tough questions. Once you get back home, the Ambassador program encourages you to share what you have learned. They equip you with the information, so all you have to do is talk about it.
2012 Equine Ambassador
It’s a great “next step” for people who have been involved with horses for awhile and want to learn more and be more at an even deeper level. The training provides priceless advice and training from some of the industry’s best, from all ends of the industry’s spectrum. Whatever you want to do with horses–the training has something for you.
But there is another side to the program after learning–service. The program teaches and encourages you how to give back–using all your accumulated knowledge, leadership, and public speaking skills learned at the training–and contribute to the growth of the horse industry. That entails helping and teaching younger 4Hers, providing them with opportunities to use their skills, and teaching people about horses outside 4H, through volunteering, presentations, and testimonies. Service is powerful–it can change the horse industry, the world, for the better. You could be that person with a horse who changes someone’s life because you reached out to them. It’s a powerful, amazing opportunity–I encourage you to take advantage of it.
2012 Equine Ambassador