NC 4-H Steward Program
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:
- Be a knowledgeable horse person with a strong background in horse management, showing, and training.
- Be an approved adult 4-H Horse Program volunteer leader for at least 3 years.
- Be knowledgeable of the North Carolina 4-H Horse Program’s rules and regulations.
- Complete and submit an application requesting consideration.
- Provide a letter of reference from their county extension 4-H agent verifying their eligibility.
- Successfully complete a training program, including an open book exam.
- Be certified by the NC State 4-H Horse Program in Equine measurement.
Specific Duties: The steward’s duties are as follows:
- Interpret and clarify rules and advise on eligibility for a particular class or educational event. Show/event management is responsible for enforcing these rules.
- Report to management any misrepresentation or substitution of entry without waiting for a protest.
- Measure officially any horses that are questioned relative to size and class eligibility.
- Report to show/event management any rule offense or rule violations. Show/event management is responsible for enforcing rules.
- 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.
- Serve as a representative of the State 4-H Horse Program.
The NC State 4-H Horse Program is in need of new Stewards. If you would like to become a new steward, please complete the form found at this link: 2021 Steward Training Registration Form
Current and new NC State 4-H Horse Program Stewards will complete an online re-certification exam that will be sent out electronically after the Zoom 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