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In the State 4-H Horse Judging Contest youth will judge six classes of horses, at least two being halter classes. Youth 14 years of age and older may also choose to participate in oral reasons following the classes. For those not participating in the oral reasons class, one questions class will be required. AQHA Ranch Riding has been added to the list of possible performance classes to be judged. Top-placing youth will be invited to participate in an invitational judging contest after which the national team will be determined. 

Required Documents

Horse Judging Rules & Entry

Additonal Horse Contest InformationHippology     Horse Speaking     Horse Bowl


The contest is open to all 4-H members; one does not need to own a horse or be enrolled in a horse project to participate.

Contact for More Information:

U of I Extension Equine Specialist
Debra Hagstrom
Extension 4-H Animal Science Specialist
Dan Jennings

Event Information

Feb 19, 2022
Black Hawk College East Campus
26230 Black Hawk Rd