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.
  • Extemporeous 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. 

These contests take place on a single Saturday in  April each year on the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus.

Please contact your local county office to register.

Required Documents

Additional Horse Contest Information: 

Eligibility

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 of the current year . Junior Division: Contestants have passed their 8th but not their 14th birthday as of January 1 of the current year.

Contact for More Information

Equine Extension Specialist
Debra Hagstrom