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March 27, 2021, NC State 4-H Virtual Hippology Contest

Virtual Contest will be open for completion 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Coaches’ Meeting: March 25, 2021, at 7:30 on Zoom

Forms and Schedule

2021 NC State Hippology Contest Online Entry Form  (must be completed by 3/16/21) See the link to the Virtual Hippology Academy below. Those that sign up for the academy will have their entry fee waived. The Academy is an excellent tool to help contestants study and prepare for the virtual contest.

Please thoroughly read the Hippology Contest section in the NC 4-H Horse Program Official Rulebook (page 172-176) for additional information on contest rules, regulations, and procedures. NEW RULES FOR 2021 are HIGHLIGHTED YELLOW!

Educational Event Donors Needed! If you would like to sponsor the hippology contest, please complete this form: NC State Educational Contest Sponsorships

This educational series of modules are self-paced and designed to help coaches and contestants prepare for future Hippology contests. The following topics will be featured:

  • Study strategies
  • Navigating resources
  • Practice exams, slide IDs, and stations (for Rookie, Junior, and Senior)

4-Hers that are enrolled in the course that want to compete in the 2021 NC State 4-H Hippology contest will have their entry fee waived. Additional details will be included on the contest registration form.

NC 4-H Horse Program Virtual Hippology Academy Registration Link

If you have not previously registered for an NCSU Reporter course, you will need to click “Create New Account” to start the registration process (see image below).

The course will be open Online: Feb 1, 2021 – Dec 1, 2021, and there is a $15 registration fee.


The purpose of the Hippology Contest is to provide participants with the opportunity to blend knowledge and skills acquired in horse judging, bowl, demonstrations, public speaking, and showing into one activity. Additionally, the Hippology Contest will encourage participants to continue expanding their horse knowledge and participation, recognize participants for their total involvement in the horse industry and their comprehensive knowledge of the horse industry, and teach good sportsmanship through a friendly and competitive environment.


Any 4-H member is eligible to participate in the 4-H Hippology Contest. Participants do not need to own a horse.

Each county is eligible to enter any number of Junior or Senior teams of four members in the state contest. The total individual scores for the three high team members will constitute the team score and be used in determining team awards. Individual entries will be accepted. All participants in the contest will be eligible for individual awards or recognition.

Senior and Junior members are also able to compete in a special Rookie division for first time Hippology competitors.

Cloverbud members (ages 5-7) will be able to compete in a special Cloverbud division. This will be a non-competitive event and all participants will receive recognition of participation. There is no cost to enter, but youth must be pre-registered on the contest entry form.

Senior teams will be composed of participants who have reached age 14 and have not reached age 19 as of January 1. Junior teams are composed of members who have not yet reached age 14 as of January 1.

Members of the champion team in the Junior or Senior (who were not selected to participate on the state team) divisions will be eligible to compete on future teams in that division as long as they meet the age and educational eligibility requirements. Members of the state team selected from the Senior Division and participating at the National 4-H Roundup or Quarter Horse Congress will be ineligible to participate as individuals or members on any future county hippology teams.

Each highest ranking overall Junior and Senior individual will be designated Horseman-of-the-Year. The winning Senior individual will be ineligible to compete in future North Carolina 4-H Hippology contests.

Suggested References

There are Hippology materials (Exams and Slide IDs) from past state contests available on the website. Exam questions are written from the approved references for each division. Additional resources that may be used in preparation for the contest are also found on the Educational Materials page on the website.

Scoring Updates for 2021

Exam /ID= 200 points

Exam (Multiple Choice/Matching/True-False Questions)

Senior= 50 Questions (2 points each)

Junior= 25 Questions (4 points each)

Rookie Junior= 25 Questions (4 points each)

Rookie Senior= 50 Questions (2 points each)

Slide IDs (Multiple Choice Questions)

Senior= 50 Slides  (2 points each)

Junior= 25 Slides (4 points each)

Junior Rookie= 20 Slides (25 total questions including 1 station slide with 5 questions=4 points each)

Senior Rookie= 40 Slides (50 total questions including 2 station slides with 10 questions each=2 points each)

Stations (Matching/Identification Questions)= 200 points

Seniors and Juniors= 10  Stations, 10 Questions per Station, 2 Minutes to Complete each Station, 2 points per question

Rookies will not have a separate category of points for stations, they will be part of the slide IDs.

Junior Rookie= 1 station format slide on slide IDs

Senior Rookie= 2 station format slides on slide IDS

Judging= 200 points

Juniors and Senior= 4 classes. The classes can be any combination of halter and performance. For example: 2 halter/2 performance or 1 halter/3 performance

Rookies= 2 classes

Rookies will have 1 Halter and 1 Performance Class (combined score of both classes will be multiplied times two)


Individual Awards 1st-10th place Junior and Senior Division:

  • Exam/Id (200 points)
  • Stations (200 points)
  • Judging (200 points)
  • Overall (1st place is Horseman of the Year) 1st & 2nd overall in both Junior & Senior Division get a belt buckle

Junior and Senior Rookie: Overall top ten high individuals

Team Awards

1st-10th place Junior & Senior Division: Overall

Please thoroughly read the Hippology Contest section in the NC 4-H Horse Program Official Rulebook (page 172-176) for additional information on contest rules, regulations, and procedures. NEW RULES FOR 2021 are HIGHLIGHTED YELLOW!