NC 4-H Horse Program Events & Educational Opportunities

— Written By
en Español / em Português

El inglés es el idioma de control de esta página. En la medida en que haya algún conflicto entre la traducción al inglés y la traducción, el inglés prevalece.

Al hacer clic en el enlace de traducción se activa un servicio de traducción gratuito para convertir la página al español. Al igual que con cualquier traducción por Internet, la conversión no es sensible al contexto y puede que no traduzca el texto en su significado original. NC State Extension no garantiza la exactitud del texto traducido. Por favor, tenga en cuenta que algunas aplicaciones y/o servicios pueden no funcionar como se espera cuando se traducen.


Inglês é o idioma de controle desta página. Na medida que haja algum conflito entre o texto original em Inglês e a tradução, o Inglês prevalece.

Ao clicar no link de tradução, um serviço gratuito de tradução será ativado para converter a página para o Português. Como em qualquer tradução pela internet, a conversão não é sensivel ao contexto e pode não ocorrer a tradução para o significado orginal. O serviço de Extensão da Carolina do Norte (NC State Extension) não garante a exatidão do texto traduzido. Por favor, observe que algumas funções ou serviços podem não funcionar como esperado após a tradução.


English is the controlling language of this page. To the extent there is any conflict between the English text and the translation, English controls.

Clicking on the translation link activates a free translation service to convert the page to Spanish. As with any Internet translation, the conversion is not context-sensitive and may not translate the text to its original meaning. NC State Extension does not guarantee the accuracy of the translated text. Please note that some applications and/or services may not function as expected when translated.

Collapse ▲

NC State 4-H Horse Program

Do you love horses but don’t own one? Would you like to learn more about horses and be in a club with other people who like horses, too? 4-H has the answer for you! Do you enjoy working with youth? Would you like to help young people develop life skills as a volunteer leader? 4-H has the answer for you, too! The North Carolina 4-H Horse Program offers several ways for youth, ages 5 – 19, to participate. If you are interested in joining a club, contact your local County 4-H agent to locate a group that is the right fit for you! Use this infographic to walk you through finding your agent!



Horsbowl is a quiz contest made of questions about horses. Two, four-person teams compete head to head answering questions read by a moderator. Participants use a buzzer system to “buzz” in to answer the questions. Questions are asked on a wide variety of topics, including grooming, feeding, anatomy, and breeds.

Junior Horsebowl Team from Jones County at the 2022 NC State 4-H Horsebowl Contest

Hippology means “study of the horse.” In this contest, participants can compete as an individual or be a part of a team. The contest consists of four main components: exam/slide IDS, stations, judging, and team problem.

Participants are tested on their knowledge and identification of items such as horse tack, colors, breeds, feeds, and anatomy. There is a rookie division for first-time competitors.

Senior Hippology Team from Chatham county completing a team problem during the 2023 NC State 4-H Hippology contest.

Horse Judging
Horse Judging Contests are made up of 6-10 halter and performance classes. All classes have four horses each. Contestants receive scores based on how closely they placed each class when compared to how a set of official contest judges placed the class. Contestants also prepare and present oral reasons to a judge where they explain how and why they placed some of the classes. There is a rookie division for first-time competitors.

Contestants evaluating halter horses during the 2022 NC State 4-H Horse Judging Contest at Martin Community College.

Horse Communications
Horse Communications contests include both Public Speaking and Presentations. Presentations can either be performed by an individual or a two-member team. Presentations involve the use of props and visual aids to explain or describe a topic pertaining to horses. Public Speaking is a talk on any topic related to the horse industry.

Cayden Lowe competes in the Individual Presentation at the 2022 Eastern National Individual Presentation contest.

Horse Artistic Expression & Creative Writing
Horse Artistic Expression contests include Painting, Drawing, Photography, Poster, Craft, Sewing, and Digitally Created Art. Creative Writing categories include Poetry, Short Stories, and Essays. Creative writing entries must be related to horses or the horse industry, and a new topic must have been developed since the previous year’s contest. Any horse-related topic is acceptable.

2023 Craft Contest- 1st place winner

Visit this link to direct you to pages with entry and resource information for all the events listed above. In addition, there are links to Educational Sponsorship Opportunities for these contests, and State, Regional, and National Contest Results