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Youth Horse Judging, Hippology & Horse Bowl Training Clinic

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Youth Horse Judging, Hippology & Horse Bowl Training Clinic

DATE: January 13, 2024

ONLINE REGISTRATION LINK- THROUGH EVENTBRITE– Only Parent & Coach Registration is available. Youth sessions are full

2024 Youth Clinic Schedule DRAFT

Please note: Registration is limited by group (Cloverbud- 20, Rookie-80, Non-Rookie 100). Priority and preference will be given to NC 4-H and NC FFA members. If space remains after January 2, other participants will be accepted on a first-come-first-serve basis.

Map to Riddick for Youth Clinicyouth at an event


Youth and adults interested in learning how to excel as competitors and coaches in competitive 4-H, FFA, and inter-collegiate horse judging contests are invited to attend the training session. Topics will include organizing and delivering oral reasons, formulating a judging system, and effective use of terminology. The training session will use a variety of video horse judging classes as a model for training on class placing and oral reason training. The clinic participants are divided into four categories based on their experience level (cloverbud, rookie, non-rookie, and adults/coaches) and are then divided into break-out groups that allow for individual attention and hands-on, critical-thinking activities.

The topics for our horse judging groups include an overview of how horse judging contests work and also how to organize and prepare oral reasons (rookie); Judging Ranch Riding, Effectively and Correctly Using Scoring Systems, and Developing Flows to Improve your Oral Reasons (non-rookie). Cloverbuds will learn parts of the horse, colors, and markings and also learn how to judge halter classes.

two girls at an event

An afternoon session for all individuals interested in expanding their knowledge for the Horse Bowl and Hippology contests will occur following the lunch break. For the Rookie participants, we review the components of the contest and then hold a mock Hippology contest where participants will be able to take a sample Hippology exam, and complete a set of slide IDs in a constructive, learning-centered environment. Junior and Senior Hippology participants will learn how to prepare and present a team problem, and how to navigate stations.

Our Horse Bowl portion of the clinic involves randomized teams within experience levels playing each other in a “mock contest” format! Participants will learn about scoring, rules, and the type of questions to study for and expect in a real contest!

youth in a classroom setting

Our instructors for 2024 include Alaina Cross (NCSU Extension Associate – NC 4-H Horse Program), Lori Stroud (NCSU Extension Assistant – NC 4-H Horse Program), Sierra Simmerman (NCSU Student Worker – Extension Horse Husbandry), and many former NC State Horse Bowl, Horse Judging, and Hippology team members! (Specific instructors to be announced.)

Phone: 919-515-5784

Fax: 919-515-8518



An email confirmation and “tickets” will be sent to the email address you submit on the form. If you choose to write a check, payment must be received by January 10, 2024.

In the event you are unable to complete the online form, please contact Lori Stroud ( for a paper version of the registration form.


The fee is $12.00 per junior and senior 4-H and FFA members (there is no charge for Cloverbuds, Coaches, and Parents). If you select the option to pay by check, please send fees to Extension Horse Husbandry, Youth Team Clinic, Box 7621 NCSU, Raleigh, NC 27695-7621. Please include a copy of your email confirmation with your payment so it can be applied appropriately.

Please make checks payable to NCSU.


NCSU Riddick Hall


Wingate by Wyndham 6115 Corporate Ridge Rd, Raleigh, NC 27607 Phone : (919) 480-8693
Room Booking Link for Wingate ($109 per night)

Holiday Inn & Suites: Raleigh-Cary (I-40 @Walnut St) 5630 Dillard Drive, Cary, North Carolina 27518 Phone: (919) 851-1220

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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