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.

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 Demonstrations and Public Speaking Information

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.

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 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 2020-2021

Horse Council President: Amy Larsen

Horse Council President Elect Co-Chair: Shelby Beckstead

Horse Council President Elect Co-Chair: Tami Hartvigsen

Horse Council Secretary/Treasurer: Laurie Knighton

County English Program Coordinator: Kim Johnson

County Horse-less Horse Club Leader: Brynlee Mills

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)

2021 Horse Events 

February 8th – County Education Night

March 8th – County Education Night

April 12th – County Education Night at Crosland Farm (702 Shirley Rae Drive, Farmington)

April 21st -22nd - Horse Demonstration Contests, Utah House (920 S. 50 W., Kaysville)

April 30th to May 1st - Cross E Ranch 4-H Fundraiser Pony Rides

April 28th and 29th – Horse Demonstration and Horse Public Speaking Contest

May 10th – County Education Night at Beckstead Farm

May 22nd – Novice Horse Show (6 PM). Sunset Equestrian Center, Kaysville. (novice, 1st, and 2nd year members)

June 19th - County Horse Show (8 AM). Hooper Arena

June 26th - County Horse Show (5 PM. Hooper Arena

July 10th - County Horse Show (5 PM). Hooper Arena

July 17th - County Horse Show (8 AM). Hooper Arena

July 27th – Region Horse Show, Summit County (must qualify)

August 14th - County Fair Horse Show (8 AM). Hooper Arena

September 22nd – 25th – State 4-H Horse Shows, Sevier County (must qualify)

October 1st – Horse Year End Portfolio Contest Submission Deadline