NC State Extension

NC 4-H Steward Program

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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 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 horseperson 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 N.C. 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 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.

2017 NC 4-H Horse Program Stewards List

New Steward Training will be held on January 13, 2018 from 1:30-2:45 in 340 Riddick Hall at NCSU (2401 Stinson Drive, Raleigh, NC 27695).

Are you interested in becoming an approved NC 4-H Horse Program Steward? If so, complete this online form and have your county 4-H agent send a letter of reference to our office. Direct all letters to:

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

Click here to download the application form if you are unable to use the online form above.