We are excited about this up coming year and all that we have planed. Our horse program is a year round program that incorporated on the horse and off the horse education. 4-H is all bout raising kids, not horses. The horse project allows us to teach youth a great deal about responsibility, animal care, team work, training and teaching skills, nutrition, communication and so much more!
In our 4-H Horse Program we encourage participation in a wide range of events. Along with our shows(which are covered below) we hold Public Speaking Demonstrations, Portfolios (record books), Horse Bowl (quiz game), family trail-rides, service projects, and fun games.
General Activity Schedule (vary from year to year)
First Horse Show
Horse Quiz Bowl
County Horse Shows
Regional Horse Show
State Horse Show
Portfolio–4-H Record book
Halloween Costume Party
Working Ranch Horse Program
I have been asked what skills do you have to have to be involved in this program. The answer is basic horse riding skills. All the events they will learn in this program can and will be taught in practices and Gatherings. Each of the “Gatherings” involve friendly competition and a relaxed training/learning event. This program is structured with units the youth pass off by demonstrating competence in skill and knowledge. The main categories include:
- Riding Skills:
- Basic Handling/Restraint:
- Horse and Livestock Identification:
- Ranch Working Equipment:
- Youth/Horse working skills:
- Leadership & Communication Skills:
This is a great program where youth and adults can come together, hang out, and teaching each other, while working to improve your own skills.
At each show, participants will take a written test and compete in three events.
Pleasure Shows (judged events)
- Blue, Red, White, Orange (DQ)
Note: The judge is not required to give a % of
any of one or another ribbon type.
(Barrels, Poles, Flag Race)
Riders are ranked by time. They are then broken
up into three main groups following the natural
break (loosely 25%, 50%, 25%).
1 for an Orange Ribbon
5 for a White Ribbon
10 for a Red Ribbon
15 for a Blue Ribbon
+5 points for attending exhibitor meeting .
The top 5 places are given extra (bonus) points
1st + 5 (thus a blue 1st = 20pts)
2nd + 4
3rd + 3
4th + 2
5th + 1
Horse Program Awards
Year-end Participation Award:
(Must participate in the following)
· Three shows -
One pleasure, one speed, and the third: your choice of the two
· Three tests
· County Contests (Demonstrations)
· Service project (County wide or
· Fundraiser (County Horse Program
– Usually Lions clean-up)
High Point Individual Award
Combined points of the following
(Top placing individuals) (Pts. Possible)
· 2 speed and 2 pleasure shows 45+ each
· 4 tests (from the four top shoes) 15+ each
· County Contest (Demonstrations) 100
· Portfolio 100
· Most have participated in at least one service
Note: If you do not participate in the fundraiser you will not receive the prize, but a certificate indicating you placing.
· Top Test
· Top Pleasure
· Top Speed
Club Nominated Awards:
· Most Improved Member: Those members who have shown considerable growth in developing new skills.
· Sportsmanship: Those youth who cheer and support their fellow 4-Hers. Those who go out of their way to make others feel good and build their self confidence. Interested in the welfare of others more than what they are ranked.
· Excellence in Mentoring – those youth who take time to “pass-on” skills they have learned. Focus on teaching others rather that focus on themselves and their current points.
Tests will be from: Horse & Horse
Note: Juniors – questions taken from Horse and Horsemanship (HH) (90%) and the rule book (10%).
Intermediates – questions taken from HH (approx. 60%), Horse Science (HS) (30%), and the rule book (10%).
Seniors – questions taken from HH (approx. 30%), Horse Science (HS) (60%), and the rule book (10%).