University of California 4-H Youth Development Program
University of California 4-H Youth Development Program
University of California 4-H Youth Development Program
University of California
University of California 4-H Youth Development Program

4-H Horse Education Contests

California 4-H Horse Education Contest 

Horse Judging, Hippology, Horse Bowl, and Public Speaking

5/27/20 This event will be held virtually. Date and other information will be announced soon.


The California 4-H Equine Planning Committee will be hosting the 2020 California 4-H Horse Education Contest at Location TBD. The California 4-H Horse Education Contests gives 4-H members an opportunity to compete at the state level in horse  educational contests. 

About the 4-H Horse Education Contests

The California 4-H Horse Education Contest offers 4-H members the chance to showcase the culmination of their efforts put forth in their equine projects throughout the year. Members are able to showcase their equine knowledge in four contests: Hippology, Horse Judging, Horse Bowl and Public Speaking. These contests are the CA qualifier for the Western National Roundup National Competition.

The top senior individuals in the public speaking contests, and the top four individuals in Horse Judging, Hippology and Horse Bowl will have the opportunity to represent California at the Western National Roundup in Denver, Colorado on January, 2020. View the results from the Jan. 2017 Western National Roundup

Event Information


Hippology is an activity that can make learning fun for 4-H members, by letting them exhibit their knowledge and understanding of equine science and husbandry in a friendly but competitive setting

The Hippology Contest has four (4) different phases:
1. Examination Phase
2. Station Phase
3. Judging Phase
4. Team Problem

Horse Judging

The Horse Judging contest teaches youth how to evaluate horse‚Äôs conformation, breed character, and performance ideals based on knowledge and fact, make a decision, and defend it. 

Horse Bowl

The Horse Bowl contest provides an opportunity for youth enrolled in 4-H horse projects to demonstrate their knowledge of equine-related subject matter in a competitive setting where attitudes of friendliness and fairness prevail. These contests will provide an educational experience for both participants and spectators.

Public Speaking

The public speaking contest is designed to help youth to practice their presentation skills using equine as the subject matter while expanding their equine knowledge and increasing their research and study techniques.



Want to be a part of the 2019-2020 Equine Planning Committee?

Please click here to apply!

2019-2020 Equine Educational National Teams

2019 Education Contests Results

Please click here for the 2019 results

Registration Information

Events Rules and Information


All participants must fill out a medical authorization form and waiver of liability and mail them to the State 4-H office by TBD or scan and email them to

Attn: Jessica Bautista
2801 Second St. 
Davis, CA 95618

Adult Forms

Adult Medical Authorization - English

Adult Waiver of Liability - English

Adult Medical Authorization - Spanish

Adult Waiver of Liability - Spanish

Youth Forms

Youth Medical Authorization - English

Youth Waiver of Liability - English

Youth Medical Authorization - Spanish

Youth Waiver of Liability - Spanish

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Shauna Bond
4-H Equine Community Educations Specialist 2 or 530-260-3277

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