Utah 4-H Horse Program Training

This brand new, project focused training, is put on by the Utah 4-H Western Horse Council and the Utah 4-H State Support Team, along with the support and expertise of local horse experts and county 4-H faculty and staff.

When: March 28–30, 2024

Where: Spanish Fork Fairgrounds,

Who is Invited: All Adults and Intermediate to Senior Aged Youth with involvement and interest in Utah 4-H Horse Programs!

What Will We Learn: Join us for an in-depth training on everything you need to know about the Utah 4-H Horse Program! From fundraising, to the horseless horse events, to updates to the rulebook, and everything in-between! You don’t want to miss out on this opportunity to network and learn together.





*Demo Riders are needed for the event.

You can find the event in your Zsuite account under "2024 DEMO RIDERS Horse Program Training in Spanish Fork" or by following this link: https://4h.zsuite.org/external-event-registration/27386

As part of registration, you can purchase additional materials and pre-order Horse Program Materials for the 2024 show season. If you have questions about these options, please reach out to brady.adams@usu.edu or jessie.hadfield@usu.edu.

Tentative Schedule

Thursday, March 28
9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. – Utah 4-H Faculty and Staff Training1:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Registration table open
2:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. – General Session and Workshop Rotations. Topics include meeting your horse council, events & rules for the 2024 show season, portfolios, program resources for club leaders and youth, and rank advancements. (Adult Judges track will start at 4:00 p.m.)
7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. – Western Horse Council Meeting and Dinner (all invited) Friday, March 29
9:00 a.m. – 7: 30 p.m. – Workshop Rotations. Topics include Showmanship, Horsemanship, Trail, Western Rail and The Fundamentals-creating success with a good foundation all with industry professionals in an arena setting, round table discussions, horse classic contests (horseless horse).

Saturday, March 30
8:30 a.m. – Workshop Rotations begin. Topics include horse show playbook, sportsmanship and camaraderie, round table discussions.9:30 a.m. – Mock Show and Horse Skill-a-Thon4:00 p.m. (tentative) – Awards, Closing Remarks





Horse Program Adults

  • Who: All adults with an interest in the Utah 4-H Horse Program, volunteers of clubs and county horse programs, and anyone interested in judging 4-H horse shows
  • Special Invite for Horse Program Alumnus: We want you to stay involved in this amazing program! Registration for 2 recently graduated 4-H participants from each county will be covered. To qualify you must have been an active participant in the Utah 4-H Horse Program for the majority of your high school career, and must have graduated within the last three years (no earlier than 2020). To apply, simply register and upload your 4-H Horse Portfolio (resume and cover letter).
  • Topics: Resources available to volunteers, fundraising, rank advancements, horseless horse programs, and the events for the 2023 and 2024 show season
  • Registration Fee: $40 and includes materials and two meals

Youth Track

  • Who: All Intermediate and Senior Aged Youth (grades 6 – 12)
  • Topics: Everything from horseless to horseback including upcoming events and opportunities
  • Registration Fee: $20 and includes materials and two meals


  • Who: Utah 4-H Faculty and Staff with interest in the Utah 4-H Horse Program.
  • Topics: Horse Classic Events, Getting and Paying Judges, Prizes, Fundraising, Available Resources, and Working With Horse Councils
  • Registration Fee: $40 and includes materials and two meals


Email jessie.hadfield@usu.edu for more information!