Horse PoleHorse Program

The Utah 4-H Horse Program is designed for those youth with interest in horses and horse events. It 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 Cloverbud 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 and those who do not, but still want to learn about the science of equine care and management. Activities can include everything from educational and fun club meetings to trail rides, horse shows, and service projects. Club members hold club offices, give public speeches and demonstrations, and spend time with their favorite friends, both human and equine.

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

2022 Workshops/Camps/County Contests


Demo Contest (General & Horse) 
January 19th
6 PM 
USU Taylorsville Center


Public Speaking (General & Horse)
January 25th 
6 PM 
USU Taylorsville


Horse Bowl & Judging County Contest

6:00 PM
April 15th 
Salt Lake County USU Extension office S1-950


2022 4-H Horse Show Dates and Information

Horse Shows:  

May 20th -21st  - Horse Show #1 (No Bling Show)

Bastian Agriculture Center 2100 W 11400 S.  South Jordan, Utah 

June 24th-25th - Horse Show #2

Bastian Agriculture Center 2100 W 11400 S.  South Jordan, Utah 

July 8th - 9th - Horse Show #3

Bastian Agriculture Center 2100 W 11400 S.  South Jordan, Utah 

August 4th - 6th - Horse Show #4 (High Point Show)

Bastian Agriculture Center 2100 W 11400 S.  South Jordan, Utah 

Registration Dates and Pricing

Registration Opening Dates: 

Advanced Pricing - Pick Your Show/ All 4 Horse Shows
Opens: March 29th
Closing: May 5th at 11:59PM

Horse Show #1: Pay As You Go
Opens: April 1st
Closes: May 10th at 11:59PM

Horse Show #1: Last Chance
Opens: May 11th
Closes May 15th at 11:59PM

Registration Dates and Pricing

No Late Registrations

Keep in mind it can take up to 1 business day for your Zsuite account to activate before you are open to register for events. 

2 Handed Events:

Starts at 6:00 PM sharp the day of event

  • Test (will be administered online prior to show day)
  • Showmanship at Halter
  • Western Rail Work
  • Trail
  • Western Horsemanship

In Hand Events:

Starts at 6:00 PM sharp the day of event

  • Test (will be administered online prior to show day)
  • Showmanship at Halter
  • Longe Line
  • In Hand Trail

Regular & Novice Events:

Starts at 8:30 AM sharp the day of event

  • Test (will be administered online prior to show day)
  • Showmanship at Halter
  • Western Rail Work
  • Bareback Rail Work
  • Pole Bending
  • Barrels
  • Scurry
**Note: For the 2022 4-H year Salt Lake County will be allowed 9 Junior, 9 Intermediate, and 9 Senior qualifying spots for the State Western Individual Horse Show. **

Test

*All novice classes will follow what the Juniors do in terms of chapters from Volume 1 that are asked at each show.
Tests will be administered online and the deadline to complete will be before the show day. So please watch your email for open/close dates and links to test.

The questions for the test will be from the Utah 4-H Horse Program Study Material. All tests could also have questions from anywhere in the Utah State 4-H Western Horse Rulebook, and the Utah 4-H Bio-Security Policy. In Volume II there are QR Codes that will lead to additional resources, these may be used to create bonus questions.

The chart below outlines what pages test questions will be from, for that particular show based on age group.

Horse Test

Patterns for 2022 Shows are listed below: 

As per our rules, all Novice classes will use the same patterns as the Junior class.

*Please note: Patterns for the High Point Show will be released as it gets closer to that date.

*Pattern links will includes both Regular, Novice, and 2-Handed patterns

Show #1

2-Handed/In-Hand Pattern

Regular/Novice Pattern


Show #2

2-Handed/In-Hand Pattern

Regular/Novice Pattern

Show #3: 

2-Handed/In-Hand Pattern

Regular/Novice Pattern

Show #4: High Point Show

2- Handed/In-Hand Pattern

Regular/Novice Pattern

Horse Show Results

2021 Results:

Program Resources