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March 11, 2023, NC State 4-H Hippology Contest

NCSU, Riddick Hall

Forms and Schedule

2023 NC State Hippology Contest Online Entry Form  (must be completed by 2/28/23) 

2023 Contest Schedule

Please thoroughly read the Hippology Contest section in the NC 4-H Horse Program Official Rulebook (pages 155-159) for additional information on contest rules, regulations, and procedures.

Educational Event Donors Needed! If you would like to sponsor the hippology contest, please complete this form: 2023 NC 4-H Horse Program Educational Sponsorship Form


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. Junior and Senior teams will complete an impromptu team problem to a judge. The score from the team problem will be added to the top three team members’ scores to determine the grand total score for the overall ranking. In addition, the top six scoring teams in team problem will also be recognized.

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 Details

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= 25 Slides  (4 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 (the combined score of both classes will be multiplied times two)

Team Problem=100 points (for junior and senior teams only)

All teams within their division will be presented with the same problem. Each team will be given ten minutes to prepare, organize, and present their team problem. The team will be required to present an oral solution or series of suggested procedures relative to the problem. Each member of each team should contribute to the oral presentation. The official may ask questions of any or all of the team members to clarify the presentation. See page 157 in the Rules and Regulations Manual for more information.


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

1st-6th place Junior & Senior Team Problem

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 2023 are HIGHLIGHTED YELLOW!

Hotel Accommodations

The Home2 Suites by Hilton Raleigh State Arena (located at 6825 Chapel Hill Road Raleigh NC 27607) is a BRAND NEW hotel (opening March 3). They have 2-Queen Studio Suites available for $139 per night. Below is the link to book.

Tel: 919-863-9330

Direct Booking Link- Book by March 6, 2023

A room block has been set up with Wingate by Wyndham State Arena Raleigh/Cary (6115 Corporate Ridge Road, Raleigh, North Carolina 27607).


2 Queen bed, Non-Smoking Rooms are $109 per night (NC 4-H Horse Program rate).

DIRECT BOOKING LINK Must book by 2/7/23