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Regional Hippology Contest

Participants must qualify at their respective regional Hippology Contest.  For a map of the regions, click here.

Participation in regional contests is open to any youth within Illinois 4-H.  Any 4-H member that wants to participate must be registered for the contest through their county extension office.  

The primary objective of the Hippology Contest is to provide, in a friendly but competitive setting, an opportunity for youth enrolled in 4-H demonstrate the breadth of their knowledge and understanding of equine science, and in particular the practical application of this knowledge and skill.

Youth advance to the state competition by placing in the top of their regional contest.

The Contest

  • A.    Examination - 100 points.
    • This phase may include a written exam and slides exam.  (example topics for slide exams include:  breed, color, activity, appointments, internal and external anatomy including reproductive anatomy, etc.) The written exam is mandatory at all regional contests.  Slide exam at regionals is option.  State contest will include both written & slide exams.
  • B.    Stations - 100 points.
    • Contestants may be asked to identify tack and equipment, feed samples and other horse-related items. Contestants may be requested to demonstrate knowledge of the external anatomy of equine, skeletal anatomy, internal anatomy, disease, and the life cycles of internal parasites.  Knowledge of breeds, breed history, color, color patterns and equine activities may be tested.  Contestants will have two minutes to complete each station.(mandatory phase at both regionals & state).  Regional stations may be shown as powerpoint or in traditional hard copy format.

Youth with an interest and knowledge in horses won’t want to miss a chance to enter the regional Horse Bowl and Horse Hippology Contests. Registration deadline is close, so contact your county office if you’re interested. Junior teams include 4-H members age 8 to 13. Senior teams are 14 and older as of Jan. 1, 2022. Qualifying individuals will advance to the state contest.

Regional Qualifying Contests

Only youth who qualify in a regional contest may compete in the state horse bowl and hippology contests.  Contact your region for information on regional contest dates (click here for a map of the regions):

Required Document

2022 Hippology Rules & Entry Information

Additional Horse Contest Information: Judging    Horse Speaking     Horse Bowl


Open to 4-H Members 8 to 18 years of age as of January 1, 2022. Junior Division: (8 to 11), Intermediate Division: (12 to 14), Senior Division: (15 to 18)

Contact for More Information:

Extension Equine Specialist
Debra Hagstrom
Extension 4-H Animal Science Specialist
Dan Jennings
Photo of Hippology winners

Event Information


Registration Deadline:

March 02, 2022