NC 4-H Steward Program

Adults Leader with PonyThe objective of the NC 4-H Horse Steward Program is to train volunteer leaders to serve in a steward position. The steward position is a required position at NC 4-H Horse Program shows and events. Only a certified NC 4-H Horse Program Steward is eligible to serve in that role. The steward’s position may be a paid position or an unpaid volunteer position. The steward’s responsibility is 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.

Applicants must:

  1. Be a knowledgeable horseperson with a strong background in horse management, showing and training.
  2. Be an approved adult NC 4-H Horse Program volunteer leader for at least 5 years.
  3. Be knowledgeable of the NC 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 the training program, including an open book exam.
  7. Be certified by the NC 4-H Horse Program in Equine Measurement.

Specific steward duties include:

  1. Interpret and clarify rules and advise on eligibility for a parrticular 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 formal protest.
  3. Officially measure any horses/ponies that are questioned relative to size and class eligibility.
  4. Report to show/event management any rule offense or violation. Show/event management is responsible for enforcing rules.
  5. Serve as mediator between show exhibitors and the judge(s). Exhibitors may not speak to a 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 for the NC State 4-H Horse Program.

Current Stewards:

Name County Email
Matt Downs Jones
Lissy Newton Wake
Bill Crouse Wake
Lisa Mackay McDowell
Laura Harper Cabarrus
Nan Guldenschuh Orange
Susan Wyatt Transylvania
Sue Sager McDowell

Additional contact information for our stewards can be found here.

Are you interested in becoming an approved NC 4-H Horse Program Steward? If so, print off the following application, complete and mail the application, and have your county 4-H agent send a letter of reference to our office. Direct all forms and letters to:

NC 4-H Horse Steward Program
NCSU Box 7621
Raleigh, NC 27695-7621

NC 4-H Horse Program Steward Application

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