The primary objective of the Hippology Contest is to provide in a friendly but competitive setting, an opportunity for youth enrolled in a 4-H horse project to 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.
- 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.
- C. Judging - 100 points.
- Four classes will be placed. Classes may be comprised of pictures, video recordings, models or live classes.(optional phase at regionals, mandatory phase at the state contest).
- D. Problem Solving – 25 points
- Intermediate and Senior divisions presented to each contestant at the end of the stations phase. A situational question will be posed to each contestant on a one-on-one basis. The contestant will have 3 -5 minutes total (depending on the problem) to think about and verbally respond to the question. Evaluation will be based on the understanding of the problem, completeness of the logic used in making the oral response and general speaking skills. The official may ask questions to clarify the response. The score for intermediates are not included in placing tabulation, however if they fail to do the oral problem phase 25 points will be subtracted from their total score during tabulation resulting in a significant negative effect on their placing. (optional phase at regionals, mandatory phase at the state contest).