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NCHC Education Committee Minutes for July 11, 2011

The Education Committee was called to order at 7:00 p.m. on July 11, 2011 at the NCHC offices. Committee members present were Will Walls, Chair, Eileen Coite, Bill Crouse, Diane Ferello, and Callie Fogle. Committee members unable to attend were Casey Armstrong, Pat Benton, Myra Daniels, Debi Metcalfe, and Mike Yoder. Sue Gray participated in her capacity as NCHC Executive Director.
Prior to the meeting, members had been provided a set of questions to consider. The questions are attached and were written to help guide discussions.
Bill Crouse proposed a practical vision of the role of the Education Committee: to promote and provide education programs, pushing information of all kinds out to the horse community through our existing networks.
Diane Ferello envisioned the process as akin to a tree with NCHC functioning as the trunk providing strength and nourishment. The community of education providers constitute the branches.
Sue Gray pointed out that the committee is to evaluate its Strategic Plan this year, which makes these discussions particularly timely.
The committee discussed the proposed vision and the tree model at length. Much of the discussion focused on identifying "branches" and considering the roles providers can and do play. Extension Horse Husbandry, REINS, 4-H, College of Veterinary Medicine, CART, and SART have been primary providers in the past. The committee considered the potential for animal control, colleges (e.g., St Andrews and Martin Community College) and rescue organizations to play an extended part.
The committee has members with experience in all these types of organizations with the exception of animal control and the colleges. Eileen Coite suggested that additional involvement of county extension agents would prove valuable. It is the consensus of the members present that we should actively recruit additional members from Extension, from at least one college, and from animal control.
The discussions to that point had focused on a passive role for NCHC, to wit, promulgating information on existing programs. Recognizing the need for an active component in our process, Bill Crouse suggested developing an annual training calendar similar to the one 4-H produces. The calendar would identify gaps in training and education. The NCHC Education Committee can then become proactive by encouraging providers to fill those gaps. Gaps could be either in programs that should be offered and are not, or in the geographic availability of programs. The committee set a goal of writing the 2012 calendar during the October 2011 meeting.
The committee recognizes the difficulty of bringing together people from around the state for meetings at one location. At the same time, statewide involvement is essential to success. One solution may be to hold a hybrid meeting in which those members who can commute to the Raleigh NCHC office will do so. Other members can participate via a personal computer based video teleconferencing link. The committee proposes to pursue the option if feasible.

Action Items:

1. Recruit additional members from:
a. A College (Callie Fogle)
b. Extension (Eileen Coite)
c. Animal Control (Will Walls)
2. Investigate video teleconferencing (Sue Gray)
3. Provide a sample 4-H annual training calendar (Bill Crouse)
4. Prior to the next meeting:
a. Read the education strategic plan on the NCHC website (all)
b. Read the 2010 Education Committee Needs Survey (all)
The meeting was adjourned at 8:30 p.m. with tentative plans to meet again on August 29 or 30, depending upon the members' availability.


Submitted by:
Will Walls, Chairperson

Attachments (1)
NCHC Education Committee Questions to Ponder

1. What is or should be the committee's role?
a. Providing education and training?
b. Promoting education and training?
c. Assisting with finding funding for education and training?
d. A combination?
2. What can or should we provide or promote?
a. Education for owners and potential owners
b. Training for
i. Owners and potential owners
ii. Horses
3. Who are we seeking to serve?
a. Potential horse owners
b. Backyard owners
c. 4-H and pony clubs
d. Professional horse owners, such as
i. Trainers and clinicians
ii. Barn and stable managers
iii. Show circuit
e. Animal control, law enforcement, and regulatory agencies
4. What do people want from our programs?
a. Horse husbandry
b. Equitation
c. Training horses
d. Showing horses
e. Facilities (e.g., barns and pastures)
f. Legal and regulatory issues (e.g., waste management)
5. Who can we team with?
a. Extension Horse Husbandry and REINS
b. NCSU CVM
c. Colleges (e.g., Martin, St Andrews)
d. Private sector


Past Education Committee Minutes

The NCHC Education Committe met last week to discuss the results of the Education Survey. Committee members present reviewed the results and found that many of the programs mentioned were on traditional topics such as health, foot care, nutrition, etc. The committee will be preparing a report on the overall survey for our members to review. However many questions arose concerning the needs of new horse owners.
A decision to prepare "Fact Sheets" on commonly asked questions was made. The NCHC office staff will be preparing a list of common questions to be answered by the fact sheets and posted on our website.

The next meeting
April 22, 2010 at 7 pm at the NCHC Office.

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