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4-H Horse Speaking contests help youth gain self-confidence, courage and persuasiveness; share ideas with others; and develop the ability to speak in public to inform others about horse-related subjects and the 4-H Horse project. Divisions:

  • Original individual formal speech
  • Original individual presentation: either demonstration (step by step process) or illustrated talk on an idea or topic; both use visual aids.
  • Original team presentation: either demonstration (step by step process) or illustrated talk on an idea or topic; both using visual aids.
  • Extempore speaking: topic is selected at the event and participants have 25 minutes to prepare a 4 to 6 minute speech.
  • Interpretive Reading is the art of reading aloud from a printed page. The reading must be published works that are horse-related. They may be prose, poetry, short stories, play cuttings, narratives, book or review, or theatrical. You should NOT memorize; they are intended to be read from a page.

All presentation subjects must pertain to the horse industry, or be horse related, and be original and factual. Presentations cannot involve the use of live animals; however, model animals may be used. 

This year's Horse Speaking Contest will take place on the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus.

Please contact your local county office to register.

Required Documents

Formal Speech Rules & Entry Forms

Individual/Team Presentation Rules & Entry Forms

Extemporaneous Speech Rules & Entry Forms

Interpretive Reading Rules & Entry Forms

Additional Horse Contest Information: Judging    Hippology    Horse Bowl


Open to all 4-H members age 8 to 18. Senior Division: Contestants must be at least 14 years of age but not yet have achieved their 19th birthday on January 1, 2022. Junior Division: Contestants have passed their 8th but not their 14th birthday as of January 1 of the current year.

Contact for More Information:

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

Event Information

Apr 23, 2022
Saturday, April 23, 2022

Registration Deadline:

March 30, 2022