4-H Horse Program


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    4-H Horse Program

    Program Overview- 4-H Horse Program-Davis County

    The Utah 4-H Horse Program is designed for those youth with interest in horses and horse events. This program is designed to provide experiences to help them develop leadership, citizenship, self esteem, social skills and to become contributing members of society, as well as becoming better horse men and women. The 4-H Horse Program is designed to be EDUCATIONAL, ACTIVITY-ORIENTED, AND FUN for those who become involved.

    The 4-H Horse Program is for youth in grades 3-12, but not younger than 8 years old. The Horse Program is one of only a few 4-H Programs that does not include mini-4-H enrollment (younger than third grade) in order to provide for the safety and best interests of the participants. Enthusiastic 4-H Volunteers with expertise and interests in horses and working with youth help deliver and manage the program and its objectives.

    The 4-H Horse Program includes programs for both those youth who own/have access to horses want to learn about the science of equine care and management. Activities can include everything from educational and fun club meetings to trail rides, and from horse shows to service projects. Club members hold club offices, give public speeches and demonstrations, do service projects and spend time with their favorite friends, both human and equine.

    The Utah 4-H Horse program is governed by the Utah 4-H Horse Council at the State level which coordinates non-horse programs and contests in: Public Speaking, Demonstrations, Hippology, Horse Bowl and Horse Judging and horse riding events and horse shows for English, Western, Two Handed, Working Ranch Horse programs and more.

    Resources for the 4-H Horse Program-Davis County

    4-H Horse Demonstrations and Public Speaking Information

    4-H Horse Portfolio (record books) Information

    For Davis County, completion of a 4-H Portfolio is mandatory in order to receive year-end awards. Portfolios will be turned into the Extension office in October. To download portfolio pages and learn more about completing a 4-H portfolio please click here.

    Important Items to Remember:

    • 4-H Enrollment fees are $10 per youth.  Be sure to register using our new online 4-H enrollment program found at ut.4honline.com
    • Helmets are required for all 4-H horse riding events.
    • Horse show events and rules can be found at this website. It is the responsibility of each person to know the rules.

    4-H Horse Program Officers for 2019

    Horse Council President: Carrie Winter

    Horse Council Vice-President: Suzie Hansen

    Horse Council Secretary/Treasurer: Laurie Knighton

    USU Extension representative over 4-H Horse Program: Karson Anderson (phone: 435-919-1329) or e-mail: karson.anderson@usu.edu

    Events Held at Each Western Horse Show

    • Test
    • Fitting and Showmanship 
    • Western Horsemanship 
    • Ranch Riding
    • Barrels (Speed Event)
    • Poles (Speed Event) 
    • Key Hole (Speed Event)

    2019 Horse Events

    February 4th -- 6:30 pm 'Basic Health of the Horse and Digestive System'

    February 23rd -- 9:00 am 'Horse Judging Clinic (Must Register on 4-H Online)

    March 14th, 15th, & 16th - Leadermete (Davis County)

    • 15th - 9:00 am 'Body Condition Scoring of the Horse'
    • 15th - 10:15 am 'Feeding the 4-H Horse'
    • 16th - 10:15 am 'Ranch Riding'

    April 15th -- 6:30 pm 'Horsemanship & Showmanship Clinic'@ Sunset Equestrian

    May 10th & 11th 'Baby Animal Days'

    May 15th & 16th -- 4:00 - 8:00 pm 'Demonstrations'

    June 3rd -- 6:00pm 'Horse Show'

    June 25th -- 6:00pm 'Horse Show'

    July 1st -- 6:00pm 'Horse Show'

    July 8th -- 6:00pm 'Horse Show'

    July 30th -- 'Region Horse Show' Box Elder County (Must Qualify)

    August 10th -- 8:00 am 'Horse Show'

    September 25th - 28th - 'State Horse Show' (Must Qualify)

    October 1st -- 'Portfolio Due'