NC 4-H Steward Program

Adults Leader with Pony

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.

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, 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

New Steward and Equine Measurer training will be taking place on January 17, 2016 at the Guilford County Extension office in Greensboro, NC.  To register to attend this training, please complete the online form here. Any NC 4-H Volunteer that wants to become a certified Horse Show Steward or Certified Measurer is welcome to attend this free training.  If you are attending the Tri-State Leaders’ Conference and want to attend this special session, please complete the online form, in addition to your conference registration so that we have you registered for both events.  You do not have to attend the entire conference to attend this training and may come just for this event.  Horse Show Stewards must be re-certified every three years. The Steward Training will take place from 1:30-2:30 and Measurer Training will be from 2:45-4:15.

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