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4-H Horse projects and activities provide an interactive, hands-on way for youth to explore raising and showing horses while developing life skills. These projects are designed to provide you an opportunity to handle, care for, and ride horses, as well as learn about the equine industry. 4-H members may own or lease a horse for this project. Many activities do not require the member to own a horse. There are many ways you can get involved:

  • Join a club near you and enroll in a 4-H horse project.
  • Test your equine management knowledge and compete in 4-H Hippology Contests.
  • Join a team and compete in the 4-H Horse Bowl Contest.
  • Speak up and compete in the 4-H Horse Speaking Contest.
  • Practice riding and compete in a 4-H Horse Show.

Horse Lease/Ownership Form

Youth exhibiting horses at the Illinois State Fair Junior Horse Show must complete a Horse Lease/Ownership Form and submit it to the state fair by June 1. Many counties also require this ownership paper and often have an earlier deadline. If you are in the horse project and exhibiting a horse, please check with your local Extension office. DOWNLOAD FORM.

2017 Horse Contests

Horse Hippology: DOWLOAD 2017 RULES

Horse Bowl: DOWNLOAD 2017 RULES

Horse Individual / Team Presentations: DOWNLOAD 2017 RULES

Horse Formal Speech Contest: DOWLOAD 2017 RULES

Horse Extempore Speech Contest: DOWNLOAD 2017 RULES

Click on the boxes below to learn more about each of these horse contests. We hope to see you there!