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NC 4-H Steward Program Description

Objective: To train volunteer leaders to serve as a North Carolina 4-H Horse Program Steward.

The steward position is a required position at 4-H Horse Program shows and events. Only a certified N.C. 4-H Horse Program Steward is eligible to serve in that role. It may be a paid position or an unpaid volunteer position. The steward has the responsibility to interpret the rules, regulations, and guidelines to 4-H members, volunteer leaders, parents, and show/event management. However, a steward has no authority in connection with the management or officiating of an event or show.

Requirements: Applicants must:

  1. Be a knowledgeable horse person with a strong background in horse management, showing, and training.
  2. Be an approved adult 4-H Horse Program volunteer leader for at least 3 years.
  3. Be knowledgeable of the North Carolina 4-H Horse Program’s rules and regulations.
  4. Complete and submit an application requesting consideration.
  5. Provide a letter of reference from their county extension 4-H agent verifying their eligibility.
  6. Successfully complete a training program, including an open book exam.
  7. Be certified by the NC State 4-H Horse Program in Equine measurement.

Specific Duties: The steward’s duties are as follows:

  1. Interpret and clarify rules and advise on eligibility for a particular class or educational event. Show/event management is responsible for enforcing these rules.
  2. Report to management any misrepresentation or substitution of entry without waiting for a protest.
  3. Measure officially any horses that are questioned relative to size and class eligibility.
  4. Report to show/event management any rule offense or rule violations. Show/event management is responsible for enforcing rules.
  5. Serve as a mediator between the show exhibitors and the judge(s). Exhibitors may not speak to the judge concerning a class without permission from the steward. Judges are encouraged to help youth, but in no instance should judges be abused as a result of their placings. All exhibitors and parents should display good sportsmanship at all times.
  6. Serve as a representative of the State 4-H Horse Program.

2022 NC 4-H Horse Program Stewards & Pony Measurers List

Steward Report Form

2024  Training

We are looking for new 4-H Horse Program Stewards! Stewards serve in a role that helps interpret the rules and regulations of our program for 4-H members, volunteer leaders, parents, and show management. A Steward has no authority with officiating or managing a show or event. If you are interested in being added to our list of Stewards, please visit this website for more information:
Please also fill out this application BY APRIL 5TH so that we can set a training date before our qualifying shows begin.

New NC State 4-H Horse Program Stewards will complete an online certification exam that will be sent out electronically after the Zoom training.

What is a steward?
A steward is responsible for interpreting N.C. 4-H Horse Program Rules and Regulations at competitive events (horse shows, horse bowl, etc.) and providing recommendations to event management as needed regarding rule book interpretation (event management is responsible for the ultimate enforcement of rules; this is not the responsibility of the steward). Stewards are also trained in pony height measurement. Stewards usually attend 1-2 events throughout the year, with no minimum or maximum requirement.
Who can be a steward?
ANY adult 4-H Horse Program Volunteer (doesn’t have to be a club leader) who has been in the program for 3 years or longer
How does someone become a steward?
1 – Must attend the Steward Training Seminar (free; pre-registration is not required. They can simply show up to the event)
2 – Must pass the online Steward Rule Book Interpretation exam following training

Are you interested in becoming an approved N.C. 4-H Horse Program Steward? Direct all letters to:

N.C. 4-H Horse Steward Program
NC State University Box 7621
Raleigh, NC 27695-7621

Download the application form if you are unable to use the online form above.

Written By

Lori Stroud, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionLori StroudExtension Asst. - Horse Husbandry Call Lori Email Lori Animal Science
NC State Extension, NC State University
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