The Washington County Horse Program is a year round program that incorporates on-the-horse and off-the-horse education. 4-H is all bout raising kids, not horses. The horse project allows us to teach youth about responsibility, animal care, team work, training and teaching skills, nutrition, communication and so much more!
In our 4-H Horse Program we encourage participation in a wide range of events. Along with our shows (which are covered below) we hold Public Speaking Demonstrations, Portfolios Workshops (record books), Horse Bowl (quiz game), family trail-rides, service projects, and fun leadership games.
General Activity Schedule (vary from year to year)
First Horse Show
County Contests (Demos)
County Horse Shows
Regional Horse Show
State Horse Show
Portfolio–4-H Record book
Halloween Costume Party
At each show, participants will take a written test and compete in three events.
Pleasure Shows (judged events)
(Showmanship, Western Horsemanship, Western Equitation)
Each rider is given one of the following ribbons
under the discretion of the judge:
any of one or another ribbon type.
(Barrels, Poles, Gymkhana Gig)
up into three main groups following the natural
break (loosely 25%, 50%, 25%).
Note: The judge is not required to give a % of- Blue, Red, White, Orange (DQ)
Horse Program Awards
- Three shows - One pleasure, one speed, and the third: your choice of the two
- Three tests
- County Contests (Demonstrations)
- Service project (County wide or Club)
- Fundraiser (County Horse Program - Usually Lions clean-up)
- 2 speed and 2 pleasure shows 45+ each
- 4 tests (from the four top shoes) 15+ each
- County Contest (Demonstrations) 100
- Portfolio 100
- Top Test
- Top Pleasure
- Top Speed
Club Nominated Awards:
- Most Improved Member – those members who have shown considerable growth in developing new skills.
- Sportsmanship – those youth who cheer and support their fellow 4-Hers. Those who go out of their way to make others feel good and build their self confidence. They are interested in the welfare of others more than what they are ranked.
- Excellence in Mentoring – those youth who take time to “pass-on” skills they have learned. Focus on teaching others rather that focus on themselves and their current points.
Test questions will be taken from the Horse Horsemanship (HH), Horse Science (HS) & Horsemanship Contest Rule Book.
Intermediates – questions taken from HH (approx. 60%), Horse Science (HS) (30%), and the rule book (10%).
Seniors – questions taken from HH (approx. 30%), Horse Science (HS) (60%), and the rule book (10%).