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

Equine Education

In this project, youth take part in a wide variety of 4-H equine projects including breeding, draft, drill, driving, English & western, gymkhana, judging, miniature, trail riding, and ponies. Horses and humans interact in many ways, not only in a wide variety of sports and non-competitive recreational pursuits, but in activities like agriculture, entertainment, assisted learning and therapy. In this project, 4-H members:

  • Appreciate riding as a recreation; and promote love and humane treatment of animals.
  • Learn horsemanship skills and understand equestrian breeding, training and raising.
  • Acquire safety skills to prevent injury to persons and animals.

4-H Contact: Shauna Bond, sabond@ucdavis.edu (530)260-3277.


Horse Classic 1
4-H Horse Classic

This event is the qualifier to attend the Western National Roundup held each year in Denver, Colorado. Educational contest includes individual and team demonstrations, public speaking, horse bowl, hippology, and horse judging. The Horse Show includes English, Western, Gymkhana, and Jumping. 

Equine Science Jeopardy Game
A question and answer quiz game of horse facts. You can easily copy the file and then delete/add questions/answers on this PowerPoint program.

4-H Horsemanship Proficiency Program, A Member’s Guide
This guide helps leaders and members learn what they need to know about the 4-H horse project. Through the project, you will learn horse behavior, mounting and dismounting, proper and safe techniques when handling a horse, and general riding techniques.

Horse Bowl Junior Division Study Questions
This list of questions is made available to encourage and assist younger members to participate in the horse bowl contest at the local, regional and state levels.

Hippology Sources and National Rules 
Horse Judging Sources and National Rules 
Horse Bowl Sources 
Public Speaking National Rules 
Demonstration National Rules 

For up to date information on all contests visit here

All state and national horse bowl/hippology questions are drawn from these sources.

Clover Safety Fact Sheets
Safety is an important consideration in all 4-H projects, including equine.

University of California at Davis Center for Equine Health
CEH is dedicated to advancing the health, well-being, performance and veterinary care of horses through research and education.

eXtension Horse Site
This site is a national online program for horse enthusiasts.

Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA)
Their mission is to promote excellence in safety and education for the benefit of the entire horse industry by certifying instructors, accrediting equine facilities, and publishing educational resources. You can purchase the CHA Horsemanship Composite Manuals and other resources on this site.

Horse Learning Laboratory Kit (Ohio State University)

horse line-up
This learning laboratory kit is designed to provide hands-on learning. It enhances the teaching and learning exchange by supplying stimulating and fun activities. All kit parts are designed to be clear, concise, and durable. Posters, charts, prints, and situation/task statements are laminated.

University of Wisconsin Cooperative Extension

Michigan State University

Equine Medication Monitoring Program

Equine West Nile Virus in California

Emergency Preparedness

Equine Planning Team

Welcome 2018-2019 Equine Planning Team!

Shauna Bond, 4-H Equine Program Representative

Ami Alongi, Stanislaus County
Annette Anderson, Lassen County
Dyllan Bond, Lassen County
Emily Cullins, Riverside County
Pat Duffy, Marin County
Christine Fry, Madera County
Kerri Mckee, San Bernardino County
Donna Mickel, Placer County
Ivalinn Palmer, Fresno County
Kristina Palmer, Fresno County
Russell Peralta, San Bernardino County
Carmen Rodriguez, San Diego County
Lynn Warren, Riverside County
Anna Zito, Fresno County

Equine Planning Team Details

For more information regarding the team, please visit here.

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