2020 NC 4-H Horse Program Eligibility Card Instructions

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The NC 4-H Horse Program Rules and Regulations Manual has been updated and reflects all the new rules and updates for the 2020 season. If you plan to show or enter any educational contests, please be sure to review all the rules for your particular division or contest. Rule changes and additions are highlighted yellow for your convenience.

The eligibility card procedure will be the same as in 2019. Please consult your county Extension agent to be sure that you are meeting all the requirements in order to receive your card. Read below for a summary of the steps that need to be followed.


Due to the coronavirus, all 2020 qualifying horse shows will be canceled. At this time, we are optimistic the NC 4-H State Horse Show will still happen as originally planned. However, this year the show will be open to any 4-Her who wishes to participate who has an eligibility card approved by their agent. If you have not requested an eligibility card yet, you can do so here:

2020 Eligibility Card Request Form 

Deadline for Eligibility Card Request will be May 1, 2020

2020 NC 4-H State Horse Show Entry Forms and Exhibitor information forms will be available on the State Show page no later than April 1. The postmark deadline for State Show entries will be May 30.

2020 N.C. 4-H Horse Program Eligibility Card Procedure

Eligibility Card Completion Instructions for 4-H Agents, Volunteer Leaders, Parents, and 4-H’ers:

  1. All 4-H’ers wishing to show in 4-H horse shows for the current year should complete an eligibility card request form for each horse they intend on showing. Be sure to contact your agent to be sure you are meeting your county’s requirements for obtaining an eligibility card.
  2. The Eligibility Card information (name, address, horse’s information, etc.) should be completed by the 4-H’er and their parent using the online request form found at the link provided here: 2020 NC 4-H Horse Program Eligibility Card Request Form

Note about Pony Heights/Measuring: If a pony was shown in a 2019 qualifying show, the height that was recorded in 2019 will be used for the 2020 State Show entry. If a pony was not shown, a copy of an NCHJA or USEF card can be sent in with the entry. If neither of those cards is available, the pony will need to measured on-site at the NC 4-H State Horse Show. A schedule of pony measurement times will be provided in the exhibitor’s bulletin that will be emailed after entries are received.

  1. After the online form has been completed, a pre-filled eligibility card document will be electronically generated and shared with the county Extension agent. Extension agents will print the completed cards and arrange distribution to the leaders of the youth that have met the county requirements.
  2. The parent/guardian, volunteer leader, and Extension agent must all sign the card (in ink) for it to be valid.

By signing this card, the parent, volunteer leader, and agent are each verifying that the youth is a current 4-H’er in good standing and that they are fulfilling the requirements/rules of the events that they are participating in; if found to be ineligible, for a division, the three persons signing this card shall be considered responsible for failing to recognize ineligibility.

  1. Extension agents should make a copy of the completed cards, to be retained in the local 4-H office. After copies have been made, the original card should be returned to the 4-H’er.
  2. The 2020 State Show postmark entry deadline will be May 30, 2020.

North Carolina 4-H Horse Program Eligibility Card Rules

1. This card may be used as a 4-H Measurement, Short Stirrup, Long Stirrup, and Little Britches card. Retain as a record of your animal’s official height and Short Stirrup, Long Stirrup or Little Britches Eligibility and as your 4-H eligibility for the current year and for future reference.

2. Ponies must be officially measured each year unless a permanent USEF Height Card or NCHJA Pony Measurement Card can be provided.

3. The parent, volunteer leader, and Extension agent signatures must be on the card for it to be valid. If the 4-Her is a member at large, the extension agent will sign as the volunteer leader also.

4. This card should be in possession of 4-H members when exhibiting their animals at any show to verify 4-H Horse Project eligibility.

5. Every 4-H’er must have a separate, current, complete eligibility card on every project horse he/she expects to participate within the current 4- H year.

This card should be signed in ink. Please do not use a pencil.

2020 NC 4-H Horse Program Eligibility Card SOP