February 17, 2024  |  Black Hawk College East (Galva)  |  Judging begins at 10:30 AM  |  ZSuites registration deadline February 14, 2024

Aside from the obvious benefits of learning about horses, horse judging also provides the opportunity for 4-Hers to learn life skills such as objective reasoning, decision making, public speaking, and learning how to work on a team. 

The primary objective of these contests is to provide an opportunity for youth to demonstrate their knowledge of equine-related subject matter in a competitive setting where attitudes of friendliness and fairness prevail.

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. Top-placing senior division youth will be invited to participate in an invitational judging contest after which the national team will be determined. 

Required Documents

2024 Horse Judging Rules.  

Additional Horse Contest Information: 


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.  Entries for this event must be made in advance through ZSuites.

Equine Extension Specialist
Debra Hagstrom