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 related 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 and/or 8-18 years old, as of September 1st. The Horse Program is one of only a few 4-H Programs thatdoes not include Cloverbud enrollment (younger than 8 year old) 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 youth who own/have access to horses and who want to learn about the science of equine care and management. Activities include, but are not limited to, educational and fun club meetings, trail rides, horse shows and 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.

How to Give

Davis County 4-H Horse Program

Credit, Debit, PayPal, Venmo or Bank Transfer

Utah State University
Davis County 4-H Horse Program
1590 Old Main Hill
Logan, UT 84322-1590

Make checks payable to "Utah State University."

Stock or Wire Transfer:
Contact Michelle Merrill at 435-797-8556 or michelle.merrill@usu.edu for instructions.

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, as well as horse-riding events and horse shows for the English, Western, Two-Handed, Working Ranch Horse, Youth Mustang Challenge programs, and more.

Resources for the 4-H Horse Program-Davis County

4-H Horse Portfolio (cover letter and resume) 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.

Rank Advancement

Due to 4-H’s focus on youth development through the unique implementation and use of projects, 4-H continues to thrive as the largest out-of-school educational program in the United States. These ranks are designed as a tool for volunteers and youth to set goals and progress in their chosen project areas.

4-H Horse-less Horse Contest 

  • All County Contests will follow the State 4-H Classics Contest rules as listed below:
    • Hippology - enter as team or individual RULES
    • Horse Judging RULES
    • Horse Demonstrations RULES
    • Horse Public Speaking RULES
    • Western Horse Program RULES
    • Juniors and Intermediates will use the new Utah 4-H Horse Program Study Guide Volume I as their resource. Intermediates will also have select questions from the Illustrated Dictionary. Senior aged youth should study from National Curriculum (mainly Horse Smarts).
    • Team Contests
    • Team OR Individual Contests
    • Individual Contests

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 4h.zsuite.org
  • Western and English style riding boots and helmets are required for all 4-H horse riding events.
    • {Helmets must be approved by the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) and Safety Equipment Institute (SEI) and worn with harness fastened properly under the chin.}

4-H Horse Program Officers for 2021-2022

Horse Council President: Shelby Beckstead

Horse Council President Elect Co-Chair: Tami Hartvigsen

Horse Council President Elect Co-Chair: Hailey Russell

Horse Show Secretary: Laurie Knighton

Horse Council Treasurer: Heather Black

County English Program Coordinator: Kim Johnson

Horse Rank Advancement Coordinator: Tiffany Ellsworth

County Horse-less Horse Club Leader: TBD

USU Extension representative over 4-H Horse Program: Jenna Aldrich (phone: 435-919-1329) or email: jenna.aldrich@usu.edu

Events Held at Each Western Horse Show

  • Test
  • Fitting and Showmanship 
  • Western Horsemanship 
  • Bareback Equitation
  • Barrels (Speed Event)
  • Poles (Speed Event) 
  • Scurry (Speed Event)

2022 Horse Events 

January 24, 6:30pm – Western Opening Meeting, USU Kaysville
January 26, 5:30pm – English Horse Club Opening Meeting, Arrowhead Stables, Layton
February 28, 6:30pm – County EDUnight
March 21, 6:30pm – County EDUnight
April 18, 6:30pm – County EDUnight
April 21-22 – Public Speaking / Demonstrations County Contest
May 16, 6:00 pm - Novice Western Horse Show, Syracuse City Arena
May 19-21 – Horse Rides and Demonstrations at the Davis Heritage Festival
May 31, 4:00 pm - County Western Horse Show #1, Morgan City Fairgrounds
June 11, 8:00 am - County Western Horse Show #2, Plain City Arena
June 27-29 Utah State 4-H Horse Classics Contest and Workshops, Spanish Fork, must qualify
July 15, 4:00 pm - County Western Horse Show #3, Morgan County Fairgrounds
July 27 – Regional Team Western Horse Show, Cache County, must qualify
August 6, 8:00 am - County Western Horse Show #4, Plain City Arena
August 12, 4:00 pm - County Western Horse Show #5, Morgan County Fairgrounds
September 22-24, Utah State Individual Horse Show, Salina, must qualify


Questions Regarding 4-H Horse Programs? Contact: 

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Jenna Aldrich 

4-H Youth Agriculture Coordinator

435-919-1329 | jenna.aldrich@usu.edu  

Areas of Expertise: Horse and Livestock Programs, Davis Heritage Festival