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4-H Horse Educational Competitions

Do you love horses but don’t have any? Do you wish you could learn more about them? Then the 4-H Horse Educational Competitions sound like the right place for you!

There are several different avenues where you can express your love of horses and show off your knowledge.

Horse Bowl – Use your knowledge of horses and related subject matter to compete on a four-member team against other teams. Display your knowledge in a competitive and friendly atmosphere. Competition is open to everyone, with teams divided according to age into Junior, Mixed (Junior and Senior), and Senior Divisions. State winners travel to national competition.

Hippology – Blend your knowledge and skill acquired in horse judging, bowls, public speaking, presentations (demonstrations), and showing into one activity called Hippology. Compete for the Junior or Senior Horseman-of-the-Year Awards. Competition is open to individuals and four-member teams. The top contest individuals participate in national competition.

If you are interested in Hippology or Horse Bowl please read this Fact Sheet about each of the competition areas!

Horse Judging – Learn good conformation, breed character, and performance ideals in different breeds of horses. Learn to evaluate horses based on knowledge and facts and give oral reasons to defend your decisions. Four-member teams and individual judges place several classes of conformation (halter) and performance classes. State winners receive travel scholarships to participate in regional and national competitions..

Horse Public Speaking – Share your knowledge with others by participating in local, district and state horse public speaking contests. The state winner is eligible to represent North Carolina in regional and national competitions.

Horse Presentation  Teach others how to do something related to horses by giving an illustrated talk or presentation. Compete as an individual or on a two-member team. The state winner is eligible to represent North Carolina in regional and national competition.