State Horse Show
Utah 4-H State Horse Show
September 20–23, 2023
Proudly held at the Wasatch County Events Complex in Heber, UT.
Registration is CLOSED
*Early-bird registration closes August 31, 2023 at 11:59 p.m.
Final Registration closes September 6, 2023 at 11:59 p.m.
No late registrations will be accepted.
BEFORE YOU REGISTER
Stall and RV Reservations
- Reservations for Stalls and RV Spots will be in a combined registration through Zsuites and will open September 7, 2023
(Links will be available on that date)
- There are indoor and outdoor stalls available as well as RV spots with water or water/sewage hookups
- Details can be found in the Premium Book
4-H Volunteers and 4-H Youth Register Here
Guests and Adult Exhibitors Register Here
Need to make changes to your registration after September 1, 2023? Email: email@example.com
*Notice: Any changes that need to be made after registration closes on September 6, 2023 will be charged a small fee.
The Best Western Plus Heber Valley Hotel has offered a discounted rate on available rooms for the State Horse Show.
Contact Keaton Ross to book at firstname.lastname@example.org or (435) 222-8707.
*Rooms are limited so book quickly!
The Utah 4-H State Horse Show for Western Individual is a pre-qualifying event. Each county is given a number of individuals they can send to the State Show each year. For information, please refer to your County Horse Council or Coordinator to find out how many youth per age division your county may send.
Two-Handed, English, and Working Ranch Horse projects do not pre-qualify and participants are welcome to register and attend if they are registered in their county as a project.
As many of you know, when we bring animals from all over the state into a central location, the risk of spreading disease becomes a major concern. Utah State University tries to be proactive and stay ahead of disaster and our State Extension Equine Specialist, Dr. Karl Hoopes DVM, has involved us in the creation and implementation of a biosecurity policy for all state equine events through the University. Click here for the 4-H Policy. Please look it over carefully, as this will affect those of you attending the State Show! These will be enforced, so please be prepared. I have pointed out a few key things below.
- We will be requiring vaccinations. You will confirm that your horse has been vaccinated during the registration process online.
- We will require that you have a health certificate by a veterinarian within 7 days of arrival. This health check should include your horse's temperature. This health certificate does NOT have to be an official CVI. You are welcome to use this form: Veterinarian Form (multiple horses can be on this form, but a copy should be in the trailer for each horse traveling)
- Horses coming from counties with known contagious diseases will be required to have a formal CVI issued no more than 72 hours prior to arrival on the show grounds.
- When you are stopped at the biosecurity check point, BEFORE UNLOADING, you will need to show the veterinarian check and three days of temperature checks done at home. To clarify - you will need one temperature on your form taken by your vet, and three additional temperatures for the three days leading up to the show and the morning before hauling.
- A visual inspection will be completed by a veterinarian before you will be allowed to unload.
- Horses that appear sick may be requested to be temped and checked by the show veterinarian again. Any signs of open lesions or illness will be cause for immediate dismissal from the show grounds and will affect the entire trailer load of horses.
- It is highly recommended that you prepare to disinfect your stall when staying overnight before and after (as a courtesy).
- Our State Horse Ambassadors are holding a fundraiser and will clean and disinfect your stall prior to arrival for $10. Request through registration on Eventbrite.
If you’d like to view the webinar hosted by USU Equine Specialist Dr. Karl Hoopes, you can see it here: 4-H Biosecurity Webinar
- The State Horse Council Rules Meeting will be held in October, 2022.
- Rule Proposals: Changes or additions must be submitted here or by email to Aurora Quinn or Jessie Hadfield no later than September 1st in order to be considered
- Each county council will be given rule change proposals and horse council nominations ahead of time for them to schedule county meeting to discuss and vote online.
What to Expect & What to Bring
If you’ve never been to a large horse show, it can be daunting! First and foremost, we want our youth to be safe and have fun. Read the rule book and make sure you understand each of the various events. Exhibitors are required to take the written test and participate in Showmanship in order to complete the rest of the show. Unlike many of the county shows, the State Horse Show will be all day. Please plan accordingly for the shows you are planning on participating in.
Wednesday: Working Ranch Horse & English Eventing Show
Thursday: Western Two-Handed Show
Friday & Saturday: Western Individual Show (pre-qualifying)
Below is a list of things you should consider bringing for the health and comfort of your equine companion.
This is a great opportunity for youth involved in the program (and will look great on job and scholarship applications!), volunteers looking for some additional experience, and anyone up for the challenge and thrill of working in a fast paced and intense, but fun work environment.
This internship is UNPAID but lodging and meals will be provided (*limitations may apply – i.e. must be able to stay for 2 full days for lodging and meals)
Many institutions will count this internship towards university or college credit. Check with your advisor to see if this applies for you!
Interns will be expected to work a minimum of 10 hours (dependent on availability and intern position – could be four 10-hour days)
System Registration Link (must be logged IN to ZSuite to go to the registration page): https://4h.zsuite.org/event-registrations/14847
External Registration Link (must be logged OUT of ZSuite to go to the registration page): https://4h.zsuite.org/external-event-registration/14847
Wednesday: 7:00 a.m. - 8:50 a.m., 11 a.m. - 1:50 p.m.; 4:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m., or by appointment
Tuesday: 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. or by appointment
Thursday: 6:30 a.m. – 7:50 a.m., 4:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m., or by appointment
Friday: 5:30 a.m. – 7:50 a.m.
Saturday: Re-entry 8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
If you need to make arrangements for a different check-in time, you MUST let Jessie Hadfield (email@example.com) know before check-in time is over. We understand that flat tires, bad hair days, road construction, and life in general can delay us and we will do whatever we can to get you checked in smoothly and quickly whenever you arrive. Just let us know when your travel plans change.
Horse Check-In: You will be stopped at the first check point and asked to produce the following information:
- Veterinarian Inspection - a Health Certificate/Form for each horse in the trailer will be reviewed and checked off. The temperature for each horse (taken at time of veterinarian inspection) must be written by the horse’s name. A copy is fine! A formal CVI is not needed except for horses coming from counties with known cases of contagious diseases. Here is an example of a form you can use: Health Certificate/Form
- Daily temp checks – you will be asked to verify that each horse in the trailer was temped and was within the appropriate range (less than 101.5) for 3 days leading up to the event, including that morning. These temperatures should be written down and easily accessible for each horse in the trailer.
If you cannot complete both steps, you will be asked to wait in a holding area until a veterinarian can come and provide a health inspection and temperature at the exhibitor’s expense. This is obviously not going to be very fun, so please come prepared.
After your horses are checked in, you will be able to continue the registration process, pick up your packets with patterns and show information, and get your stall assignment. There will be no switching stalls. The show management has done their best to give everyone stalls and to accommodate requests. If your horse has special needs, it is your responsibility to come prepared with stall mats, tarps, fans, dividers, etc.
Map for Check-In Route
WORKING RANCH HORSE GATHERING
- Premium Book
- Wed. 9/16 - Western Individual Test will open.
- Wed. 9/23 at 9:00 am - General Meeting (socially distanced, arena is TBD) and Working Ranch Horse Test (used as a tiebreaker if needed, required to show)
- Wed. 9/23 at 9:30 am - Reined Cow Horse Patterns start, followed by Sorting/Roping.
- Wed. 9/23 at approx. 2:00 pm - Roping and Working Ranch Horse Clinic for those interest in learning more ($20 w/horse, $10 w/out). Email Jessie Hadfield to register.
Questions? Contact Jessie Hadfield | firstname.lastname@example.org
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