Special Horse Opportunities

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From the Horse's Mouth Newsletter

2015-2016 4-H Horse Project Calendar of Events 

Project year Sponsors for 2014-2015:

Gold Level Sponsor - SC Horsemen's Council

State 4-H Horse Program Fundraiser -State Trail Ride

4-H Program Release Waiver and Helmet Policy

4-H Horse Ambassador Program (Applications are due August 3rd.)

4-H Horse Project members ages 16-18 are eligible to serve as a liaison for the SC 4-H Horse Program. Ambassadors meet with other youth horse clubs, horse councils and associations, and political figures in the state of South Carolina to promote the program, strengthen its membership, and generate support.

State 4-H Creative Contests projects clemson

Creative Contests allow youth to express their love of horses in a variety of creative formats. Contest options may include posters, drawings, painting, photography, crafts, woodworking, sewing, poetry, and essays.

Creative Contests Rules and Regulations
Click here to register for the 2016 Creative Contests

State 4-H Hippology - Click here for Hippology Exams & Hippology Study Material

Hippology is the study of horses. This contest tests the participants knowledge of horses and horse related items from any aspect of the horse industry. Contest elements include a written exam, horse judging, identification of items and/or their uses, and solving a problem and presenting the solution.

Click Here to Register for 2016 Hippology Contest
2016 Rules & Regulations

State 4-H Horse Bowl - Click here for Horse Bowl Study Material

                                            Click here for Junior Horsebowl

Horse Bowl is a quiz bowl contest where participants are asked questions about horses and horse related topics. Quick thinking is a must as you must activate your electronic buzzer before your opponent in order to answer the question and score points.

Click here to register for 2016 Horse Bowl Contest
2016 Rules & Regulations

State 4-H Horse Judging

Horse judging turns the tables as youth try to match the experts in deciding how a particular group of horse should be ranked if they were competing in a show. Participants place various types of classes (in hand and under saddle) then give an oral presentation explaining how they ranked the class and why.

2016 4-H Horse Judging Contest Rules and Regulations
Click here to register for the 2016 CU Horse Judging Clinic
Click here to register for the South Carolina 4-H Horse Judging Contest 

Hunter Hack & Hunter Under Saddle ~ prepared by Virginia Bruch


State 4-H Horse Leader Symposium

The Leader Symposium provides a hands on professional development opportunity for horse program volunteers. Training topics change annually so there is always something new to be learned. Program updates are reviewed and networking opportunities are available.

SC 4-H Horse Youth Leadership Conference

This conference is designed for senior level 4-Her's who are either current club officers or aspire to become an officer. Curriculum includes leadership development, team building skills, and career and professional development.

State 4-H Horsemanship Camp

The purpose of 4-H Horsemanship Camp is to provide youth an opportunity to learn and better techniques of horsemanship while enjoying the fellowship of other 4-H'ers from across the state. The camp is designed to increase horse knowledge and horsemanship skills - from the basics for beginning riders to showing techniques for the advanced rider. 

4-H Horsemanship Camp Information & Forms
July 5-9, 2016, T. Ed Garrison Arena Clemson, SC

State 4-H Horse Show

4-H riders from across the state put their riding and showmanship skills to the test during this multi-day show. A wide variety of classes and divisions are offered so that riders of all levels and disciplines have the opportunity to compete. 

Sponsorship Levels 
Schedule of Events for SC State 4-H Show
Entry Form
Online Entry Form Directions
Lease Form
2016 Rule Book
Intent to Show Form 
Directions for filling out the Intent to Show Form

State Fair Horse Show 

The SC State Fair creates a visual exhibit that demonstrates the positive youth involvement of youth and the diversity of activities within clubs. Please see the SC State Fair website for more information.

Southern Regional 4-H Horse Championships

Highest placing participants at state level horse events may have the opportunity to represent South Carolina at the Regional Championships. Events include riding/showing, horse bowl, hippology, horse judging, and communications.

2015 SC 4-H Horse Regional and National Contest 
2014 Southern Regionals SC Delegate Results, Raleigh, NC

Eastern National 4-H Horse Round-Up

Highest placing senior age participants at state level horse events may have the opportunity to represent South Carolina at the Eastern National Championships. Events include horse bowl, hippology, horse judging, and communications.

Information & Schedule for Eastern Regionals 4-H Horse Championships, Louisville, KY

State Communications Contest

Rules and Regulations
Click here to register for the  2016 Presentations Contests

4-H Horse Program Advisory Committee

The advisory committee meets quarterly to discuss upcoming events, programmatic changes, and concerns related to the 4-H Horse Project. The committee consists of two leaders from each of the following regions: Pee Dee, Savannah Valley,  Midlands, and Upstate; and three members at large and is led by the South Carolina 4-H Horse Program Specialist. You must be nominated by your agent and elected by leaders in your region at the South Carolina 4-H Horse Leaders Symposium in January of each year. Each term is two years.

SC Record Book Competition

This unique opportunity for 4-H members active in the Horse Project will culminate youth participation in their project horse’s health and management, horse knowledge, horse handling, and horse industry experience.  To be eligible to compete in this prestigious event, youth must complete a record book and submit this book to the State Specialist’s office for judging.  Youth will then participate in a hands-on showing and horse knowledge phase at the SC State 4-H Horse Show.

More Information
Application to Register
Score Sheet
Judging Standards
Level 1
Level 2
(The Record Books are currently in PDF form to print and fill out. In the future, they will be in a form version to be filled out electronically.)