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March 9, 2024

NC State 4-H Horse Bowl Contest

Parking Map March 9, 2024 Horsebowl & Hippology


State Entry Form (due 2/18/24)

Cloverbud Horsebowl Entry Form (due 2/28/24)

State Contest Schedule

Horsebowl Contest Rules Video

The NCSU Western Equestrian Team will be selling concessions during the State Horsebowl and Hippology Contests. If your team or individuals are interested in ordering pizza for lunch, please complete the pre-order form below!

Lunch Pre-Order Form

District Horse Bowl Contest Dates- 2024

South Central District Date: January 27, Union County Extension Office Contact: Samantha Taylor, Union County 4-H Volunteer,  Email:

North Central District Date: February 10Guilford County Extension Office Contact: Morgan Manness, Rockingham County 4-H Extension Agent, Phone: 336-342-8230, Email:

Entries must be entered online no later than January 16th

Northeast District Date: February 10, Martin County Innovation Campus Contact: Tom Harrell, Currituck County 4-H, Phone:252-232-2262, Email:

Southeast DistrictDate: February 10, Mt. Olive University Farm, Contact: Eileen Coite, Sampson County Agriculture Agent, Email:

West District Date: February 10, Mills River Research Center Contact: Shannon Coleman,  Cherokee County 4-H Extension Agent, Phone: 828-837-2210 Email:

Please contact your county extension agent for more information. To participate in District Horsebowl contests, each county must have submitted 40 questions to EHH by January 2, 2024.

2024 Horsebowl Questions Memo– Question submission deadline January 2, 2024

2024 County Submitted Questions Excel Template

2024 County Horsebowl Questions Template (Google Sheets Version)

Preparing for Horsebowl Competitions (information on submitting and writing questions and studying for competitions)

Educational Event Donors Needed! If you would like to sponsor the horsebowl contest, please complete this form: 2024 NC State Educational Contest Sponsorship Opportunities


Each contestant must be an actual 4-H club member approved by his or her county Extension office and horse club leader. Participants are not required to own a horse to participate. Each team must have four eligible members. All team members must be present at the team seeding. All members of a Junior team may not have reached age 14 as of January 1 of the current year. All members of a Senior team must have reached age 14 but not age 19 before January 1 of the current year. It is strongly encouraged that mixed division teams consist of at least two Junior members and two Senior members. (A mixed team must contain at least two Junior members and one Senior member seated in competition at all times and may not have more than two Seniors seated at any time.)

Any entry form not completed in its entirety will be returned to the sender. If the entry form is resubmitted after the deadline date it will be assessed a late fee of $10 per team. If late entries are prohibited, no late entries will be accepted.

Contestants may participate in only one division and on one team in a given year. Members of 4-H are not eligible to participate in a regional or state contest if they have completed a secondary education course (college, community college, or technical school) related to Horse Bowl Contest subject matter. An All-Star Team composed of the high-scoring Senior individuals from the Senior and Mixed Division, in the NC State 4-H Horse Bowl Contest will be tested to determine the state team and will represent North Carolina in National and Regional competitions. In the event a high Senior Horse Bowl individual also is a high individual in the State Horse Judging Contest or Hippology Contest within the same year, that individual will have one week after completion of the State Horse Judging Contest to declare in which event(s) he or she wishes to represent North Carolina at national contests.

The State Extension specialist will designate the next high-ranking individuals in the other contest(s) to represent North Carolina at nationals. Members of the champion team in the Senior, Junior, or Mixed divisions who were not selected to participate on the state team, 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 and Mixed divisions and participating at the National 4-H Roundup or Quarter Horse Congress will be ineligible to participate as members of any future county horse bowl teams. The winning state team from the previous year will be eligible to assist as scorers and doorkeepers in the Junior or Mixed divisions of the current year at a regional or state contest.

Please thoroughly read the Horse Bowl Contest section in the NC 4-H Horse Program Rulebook (pages 116-128) for additional information on contest rules, regulations, order of play, etc.

All valid references for the Horse Bowl Contest are listed under Educational Materials. Please remember that references differ for Junior, Mixed, and Senior level teams! ONLY the sources listed on the NC 4-H Horse Program website will be considered valid for the contest.

Hotel Accommodations

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 Rooms are $109 per night (NC 4-H Horse Program rate).

DIRECT BOOKING LINK– Book by 2/23/24