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Youth Horse Judging, Hippology & Horse Bowl Training Clinic

Youth Horse Judging, Hippology & Horse Bowl Training Clinic

January 19, 2019


If you would like to be added to the waiting list, please complete this form

2019 Youth Team Training Clinic Schedule

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

youth 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 and overview of how horse judging contests work and also judging Performance Halter (rookie); Western Horsemanship and Hunter Hack (non rookie); and Coaching Tips, Tricks, Resources and Preparing Youth for Oral Reasons (adults/coaches). All experience levels will also develop oral reasons on their classes. Cloverbuds will learn parts of the horse, colors and markings and also learn how to judge halter classes.

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An afternoon session for all individuals interested in expanding their knowledge for the Horse Bowl and Hippology contests will occur following the lunch break. We hold a mock Hippology contest where participants of all experience levels are able to take a Hippology exam, IDs, and stations in a constructive, learning-centered environment. 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 2019 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

REGISTRATION: Please complete the online form found at this link:

2019 Youth Team Training Clinic Online Registration Form
An email confirmation and invoice will be sent to the email address you submit on the form (within 5 days). Your registration will be considered complete once the invoice and fee(s) are mailed and received by Extension Horse Husbandry. Payment must be received by January 10, 2019.

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 $10.00 per junior and senior 4-H and FFA members (there is no charge for Cloverbuds, Coaches and Parents). Please print your invoice(s) and send the appropriate fees to Extension Horse Husbandry, Youth Team Clinic, Box 7621 NCSU, Raleigh, NC 27695-7621.

Please make checks payable to NCSU.


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