4-H horse

Horse 4-H is a great experience for youth!  Youth learn riding skills, responsibility, team work, and leadership, and have lots of fun!  It will increase confidence, responsibility, exercise and activity.  Here is some info on our 4-H horse program this year. 

Age: Youth can participate in horse 4-H after they have completed 3rd grade and are 8 years old until the summer after they graduate from high school.  There are three age divisions: junior (3-5 grade), intermediate (6-8 grade), and senior (9-12 grade).  Age divisions are based on the grade youth just completed.

Horse: Youth must have access to a horse to participate in 4-H horse practices and shows.  The rule says “one horse for one rider; one rider for one horse.”  Riding horses for 4-H is considered a summer project.  The idea is for youth to progress together with their project horse.  There are other horse 4-H projects that do not involve riding, and which can be displayed at the county fair. 

Practices: The 4-H horse club meets for practice on Tuesday evenings at 6:00 pm throughout the summer.  Youth study for tests and learn show skills for each event.

Horse Shows: We have three county horse shows, one each in June, July, and August.  We also have region and state shows for youth who qualify.

2011 county horse shows will be Tuesday, June 14; Thursday, July 7; and Tuesday, August 9 at the rodeo grounds.  Show registration starts at 5:00 pm.  The Region Horse show will be in Morgan or Rich county and counties participate as teams.  The state individual horse show will be September 15-17 in Salina, Utah. 

At horse shows, youth take a test based on materials from 4-H books*, and do three show classes (showmanship at halter, Western horsemanship, and Bareback Equitation) and three speed events (cloverleaf barrels, pole bending, and scurry race). 

       *Books can be obtained at the USU Extension Office in Wasatch County (55 S. 500 E. in Heber City).  Horse and Horsemanship and Horse Science cost around $5.00 each.

Leaders: In 4-H we are always looking for help from parents and volunteer leaders.  If you have experience with horses, we would love to have you share your skills with youth participating!  If not, we would love help organizing, setting up for events, and running gates.  We have a horse council that meets monthly from February to October. 

Parents' Meeting: In the spring, we will have a parents meeting to discuss what to expect in 4-H and to go over the rules.  The 2011 Parents Meeting will be Tuesday March 22 at 6:30 pm at the County Services Building (55 S. 500 E. in Heber City). 

To Enroll: To sign up for horse 4-H, you will need to fill out an enrollment sheet, code of conduct form, and a parent code of conduct form.  These are available on our website or at the 4-H office (55 S. 500 E. in Heber City).  Bring completed paperwork and money to the 4-H Office.  Horse 4-H costs $45 per youth before the parents meeting and $50 per youth after (not to exceed $100 per immediate family).  This covers all show entry fees. 

For Questions Contact: Allan Sulser, USU Exension Agent for Agriculture and 4-H, allan.sulser@usu.edu, (435) 657-3236