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

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, (530)260-3277.

Statewide 4-H Equine Events


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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. 

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. **You do not need to own a horse to participate, just a passion for learning!**

4-H Equine Field Day

4-H horse leaders, members, parents and all horse enthusiasts are invited to attend this annual educational event.  Session topics: Dressage, Ranch horse, anatomy of equine, Equine National Teams demonstration, and much more!

Equine Resources

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)

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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

Have a passion for working with youth and horses? Join the 2019-2020 Equine Planning Team!

The Equine Planning Team is responsible for planning, conducting, and over-seeing Equine Field Day, Horse Classic, Educational Events and National Equine Teams.

Please click here for the planning team applications.

Applications are Due by September 11 @ 4pm.

Thank you 2019 Equine Planning Committee!

On behalf of the State 4-H Office, we would like to thank the 2018-2019 Equine Planning Committee for all of their hard work and dedication to bring this amazing event to our 4-H members.  This event would not be possible without the amazing 4-H volunteers and youth members that help organize the event!

2019 Horse Classic Planning Team

Amy Alongi, Dyllan Bond, Shauna Bond, Emily Charlton, Dylann Cullinane, Emily Cullins, Pat Duffy, Christine Fry, Kerri McKee, Donna Mikel, Russell Peralta ll, Carmen Rodriguez, Pamela Smith, Lynn Warren, and Anna Zito.

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