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NC 4-H Horse Program Contests

Horse Bowl – Use your knowledge of horses and related subject matter to compete on a four-member team against other teams. Display your knowledge in a competitive and friendly atmosphere. Competition is open to everyone, with teams divided according to age into Junior, Mixed (Junior and Senior), and Senior Divisions. State winners travel to national competition.

Horse Project – List your goals, experiences, activities and accomplishments in a Horse Project Record book. Turn your record book in each year to review the previous year’s work. Complete the three record book levels in one to several years. Learn about horses and related subjects at a level appropriate for your age and experience.

Hippology – Blend your knowledge and skill acquired in horse judging, bowls, public speaking, presentations (demonstrations), and showing into one activity called Hippology. Compete for the Junior or Senior Horseman-of-the-Year Awards. Competition is open to individuals and four-member teams. The top contest individuals participate in national competition.

Horse Public Speaking – Share your knowledge with others by participating in local, district and state horse public speaking contests. The state winner is eligible to represent North Carolina in regional and national competitions.

Horse Presentation  Teach others how to do something related to horses by giving an illustrated talk or presentation. Compete as an individual or on a two-member team. The state winner is eligible to represent North Carolina in regional and national competition.

Horse Judging – Learn good conformation, breed character, and performance ideals in different breeds of horses. Learn to evaluate horses based on knowledge and facts and give oral reasons to defend your decisions. Four-member teams and individual judges place several classes of conformation (halter) and performance classes. State winners receive travel scholarships to participate in regional and national competitions.

Artistic Expression Contests

Craft Horse Contest – Exhibit your sewing or craft skills by creating horse items for your horse or yourself. This opportunity allows the youth to explore and develop economical alternatives for themselves and their horse.

Horse Drawing Contest – Broaden your horizons and use your creative talents to increase awareness of the horse project through drawing exhibitions.

Horse Painting Contest – Encourages members to apply their artistic talent within the horse project area by increasing their knowledge and skill in equine painting while learning the value of developing visual exhibits for a specific topic.

Horse Poster Contest – Provides a medium for youth to visually demonstrate their interest in horses. Enables youth to improve their skills in linking words and visuals to create an appealing display.

Horse Photography Contest – Encourages youth to gain self-confidence, while developing life-time photographic skills. While learning the value of organizing and developing visual exhibits, youth will increase their knowledge of photography as it relates to horses.

Horse Sewing Contest – Exhibit your sewing skills by creating horse items for your horse or yourself. This opportunity allows the youth to explore and develop economical alternatives for themselves and their horse.

Horse Creative Writing Contests – Learn to become a more effective writer while exploring the wonderful world of horses.