BV Sponsored Horse De-Spook-a-thon - 2014!

Mavericks Host 4-H Western Show!

This year the Mavericks will be hosting the 4-H Western Show at Horse Lover's Park on November 23rd, with our Leader Andrea Cottrell as Superintendent.  All Maverick families are asked to help out and volunteer in on capacity or another.  Registration, Scorekeeping, Set Up, Tack Swap, Gate Tending, Ribbon Awarding, Ring Steward, Food Concession, Tables and Pop Ups or any other ideas you have.  Registration starts at 8AM and Show starts at 9AM.

*** Avoid that long registration line - Registration Form in Calendar!!  ***

To sign up to help go to Sign Up Genius:

Horse Lover's Park is located at 19224 N. Tatum Blvd. Phoenix, AZ

See you there with your Shine On!


Passport Bonanza!

Plan ahead now!

The month of November is filled with many opportunities to obtain hours for educational, community service, and show participation!  SASI Drill Team, Healthy Horse, Tack & Feed Scavenger Hunt, Small Stock Workshop, County Record Book, SCC Gymkhana, and the next Western Show to name a few!

Poultry Club Advances to Small Stock!

“Hay” Mavericks! We've expanded our club to include members (parents included) who would like to take on a small stock project.  This group will meet separately from the BV Mavericks horse group and will focus on poultry, rabbit, cavy (guinea pig), and  pygmy goats. Topics covered include general care, history, anatomy, selection, housing and equipment, records, nutrition, health, reproduction, grooming and showing, 

Next meeting:  Wed., November 12th @ 6:30 pm - Home of Heather Patterson

If you are interested in joining or have expertise, please contact Heather Patterson @

Maverick Executive Horse Club Leadership
Welcome New and Old Members to 2014-15 4-H Year

Welcome to Maverick Country!

Chloe McQueen - President

Julian Werkhoven - Vice President

Anna Tesch - Secretary

Anais Toulouse - Treasurer

Oliva Nesky - HAC Rep

The Exec Team challenges each and every member to take on a leadership role!  Organize an event, help raise funds for scholarships, get involved with community service, mentor another member, be creative for a great year!

Meet your Maverick Leaders of 2014-15

Andrea Cottrell - Horse - Key Club Leader
Heather Patterson - Small Stock Club Leader

Meet your New Buena Vista Mavericks Leaders:  Andrea Cottrell is taking the reins of the Mavericks horse club this year and acting as key contact leader for the club.  She loves spending time with kids on and off horseback and is an excellent organizer.  She is saddling up for the challenge of 2014-15.  Heather Patterson is taking on the leadership of the Maverick Small Stock Club increasing ways kids can get involved with 4-H.  She provides assistance to Andrea in the Horse arena as well.  Tammy Mitchelson will continue to help with horse club activities and training.  Linda Lee is our support leader for crafts, scrapbooking and assisting in the small stock club.  With capable leaders like these, you know Maverick are going to an outstanding year of fun and accomplishments!

Tammy Mitchelson - Horse Leader

Linda Lee - Crafts - Scrapbooking

Maverick Biz-Kid$ (Entrepreneur Project)

Mavericks open Entrepreneurship as a second project (of first too).  If you already are pet/property/baby sitting, selling eggs, mowing lawns, washing windows, making baked goods, etc. to make money, why not turn it into a real business?  Mrs. Holditch is offering to help members develop a business plan, business cards, marketing strategy, accounting, while ensuring safety and best practices techniques for your micro-business.  Create business cards and a great reputation as a biz-kid.  This project is a resume builder for future job opportunities and/or scholarship and college applications.  To register: contact Katy Holditch and register for the project on registration.  Meetings will be about once a month or as needed.  Meetings are usually the last Friday of the month.  Consult the calendar to confirm when and where. 

Congrats Maverick 2014 4-H State Horse Show Qualifers
Sr. Western - Heather G. Nicci F. Hannah S, Emily B. *
Sr. English - Heather G. Nicci F Hanna S.
Sr .Gymkhana - Sarah H., Emily B. *
Jr. Gymkhana - Katy F. Hannahbelle M.*
Ranch Sorting - Hannah S.
*= (Alternate) See roster for full class qualification detail.

Take Part in the Creative Fun for Horse Show ~ 2014 !

Looking for some opportunities to share your talents?  Then this year’s state 4-H horse show is waiting to hear from you.  For the first time, we have some new contests that are open to all 4-H members regardless of what projects you might be involved with.  For instance, there is—

  • T-shirt design contest
  • Program cover art contest for the 4-H horse show program guide
  • Photo contest
  • Poster contest

Top entries will be displayed at the Arizona State 4-Horse Show on November 14 - 16, 2014.

We hope to see your entries.   Due date for all entries is September 19th.

BVM Horse Club - New Adult Leadership

As you know, Mrs. Petersen and Mrs. Holditch have been leading the club for nine years.  Now that their daughters, Gabrielle and Sarah are graduating seniors, they have handed the reins to Andrea Cottrell for new leadership.  Andrea understudied last year and has a young daughter, Madeline in the club.  Having Mrs. Cottrell as primary leader and a BVR resident, allows the club to continue riding at the BVR arena.  To lead a club of 30+ riding members is a big endeavor.  So far she has enlisted the help of Heather Patterson, newly certified leader, Nancy Nesky, HAC Parent, Christine Farley, Community Service, Sedaj Tesch, Website - all with daughters riding in the club.  Mrs. Cottrell will making a few changes to the organization of the club and asking for parents to step in and volunteer to make events happen.  Without parent volunteers (both moms and dads) 4-H won't happen.  So be ready to step in and step up when asked.  You don't need to know anything about riding a horse to do many of the tasks and activities.  If you have special skills that could benefit the club, such as, accounting, journalism, speech & communication, group organization, government, arts & crafts ,teaching, trailering, party planning, etc.- Then shout out. Over-here!

"Many hands make light work"

And more fun for all.

Here's to a new and awesome 4-H year!

Now Giddy Up!


Congratulations 2014 Scholarship Recipients

4-H Foundation Scholarship

County Finals Scholarship

Maverick Senior Book Scholarship

Molly Brzezinski

Brittany Gerald

Gabrielle Petersen

Hannah Schaefer

Haley Zipay

Maricopa County Fair Grant

Sarah Holditch

Emily Brzezinski

Madeline Cottrell

Zoe Dailey

Nicci Fickett

Heather Gerald

Sarah Holditch

Chloe McQueen

Olivia Nesky

Hannah Schaefer

Jamie Zahn

Zoe Dailey

Sarah Holditch

Gabrielle Petersen

Hannah Schaefer

Jamie Zahn

Summer Activity Scholarships

Madeline Cottrell

Sarah Holditch

Julia Werkhoven

BVR Neighborhood Gymkhana 
...Proving to Make the Better Best!!

Big Ribbon Day for Mavericks at Western Show!

Way to go Mavericks!  We had nine BV members presenting at the Western Show held on February 8th.   Congrats to Julia, Olivia, Madeline, Jolie, Emily R., Emily B, Nicci, Hannah S., and Heather!

EIEE Hippology & Demonstration
-A Great Experience!!
Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014

BV members, leaders, and parents shared a day filled with fun and learning! It was a great turnout as participants from several Maricopa 4-H clubs attended the EIEE events. "Demonstration" was hosted by the BV Mavericks and "Hippology" by Spirit of Queen Creek. This was a first-time experience in hosting for the Buena Vista Mavericks!  Thanks to all the parents, members, and leaders for working together to make this happen!

Congratulations to all participants for their hard work in preparing and exhibiting  for the events. Senior category BV participants, Heather G. and Emily B. placed 3rd in their demonstration.  Heather also placed first in Hippology.   Madeline C. brought home a red ribbon for Hippology and took 4th in demonstration in the Junior age group.   Way to go girls!  

Looking forward to more BV Maverick members participating in the Speech and Horse Bowl on March 1!

Mavericks Show Big at Western Spurs English Show!

Saturday's English Show, hosted by the Western Spurs 4-H club, was well attended by BV members.   It was a gorgeous day for competing and experiencing a great show.  

Congratulations to all who participated!  A high-five to Anna for High Point in Beginner; Madeline, High Point in Intermediate; Julia, Reserve High Point in Intermediate; Heather, High Point in Senior Advanced, and Jamie, Reserve High Point in Senior Advanced.

Way to Go Mavericks!

Back From 4-H Congress!

Hannah and Sarah have returned from participating in the 4-H Congress in Atlanta, Georgia with plenty of exciting stories to share about their experiences!  The girls joined other Maricopa County 4-H delegates and were  accompanied by our County Agent, Bryan Chadd. Over the past three years, five BV members have earned their way to 4-H Congress, proving to newer members that this goal is achievable!

Delegates participated in many workshops including yoga, breading shaping and mobility.  Hannah S. was especially interested in what was learned in the mobility challenge class.  Participants worked with special equipment and learned of all the different obstacles those with physical disabilities must face each day.  The special equipment allows those challenged the ability to water ski and  ride a bike!  

Other exciting events included visits to a  museum, comedy acts, and an International dinner event.  "The dinner hall decorations were beautiful and we had the opportunity to sample foods from around the world", said Hannah.  Sarah also felt it was an amazing event and shared her experience with other members at the 4-H riding meeting on 12/6.

Congrats, girls!  We are so proud of you!!