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The primary objective of Horse Bowl contests is to provide 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. It is also hoped that these contests will provide an educational experience for both participants and spectators.

Youth with an interest and knowledge in horses won’t want to miss a chance to enter the regional Horse Bowl Contest. Registration deadline is close, so contact the 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, 2019. Qualifying teams and individuals will advance to the State contests to be held April 22 in Champaign.

The Horse Bowl is similar to academic scholastic bowls except all the questions relate to horses! Participants do not need to have horses or be enrolled in the horse project to participate.


The State Horse Bowl Contest will take place on Sunday April 14 in the Education Building, 1310 S. Sixth Street, Champaign. It is located just south & slightly west of DKH where Hippology & Speech are on Saturday.


Registration will start at 8 a.m. in the basement of the Education Bldg. Coaches mtg will immediately follow completed registration.  

Regional Qualifying Contests

Only youth who qualify in a regional contest may compete in the state contest. Choose your closest contest from the list below:

  • SOUTHERN REGIONAL HORSE BOWL & HIPPOLOGY: March 30 at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. Contact Elizabeth Miller, lizmill@illinois.edu, (618) 548-1446.
  • NORTHEAST REGIONAL HORSE BOWL & HIPPOLOGY: March 9 at Christion High School, Yorkville. Contact Patty Luster, pluster@illinois.edu, +630-955-1123.
  • NORTHWEST REGIONAL HORSE BOWL & HIPPOLOGY: April 6 at Knoxville High School, Knoxville. Contact Nicole Nelson, nenelso2@illinois.edu, 309-342-5108; Shelby Carlson, srcarls2@illinois.edu, 309-342-5108
  • CENTRAL REGIONAL HORSE BOWL & HIPPOLOGY: April 6 at Lincoln Land College, Springfield. Contact Carissa Davis, akpore@illinois.edu, 217-732-8289 and Emily Schoenfelder, eschoe@illinois.edu, 309-347-6614.


Open to youth who were 8 to 18 years of age on September 1, 2018. Winners advance from regional competition to the state contest. Junior division: (8 to 13), Senior division: (14 to 18)

Required Document

Contact for More Information:

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

Event Information

Apr 14, 2019
Education Building
1310 S. Sixth Street

Registration Deadline:

March 30, 2019