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What is the NC 4-H Horse Program Achievement Award?

  • The NC 4-H Horse Program Achievement Award is an annual application/submission of accomplishments within 4-H, with a specific focus on horse program achievements that is cumulative beginning with the applicant’s first year in the horse program.
  • Award levels are on a points-based system that groups like activities completed based on the level of involvement and ranks them. (See the application form for specifics on activities/points/levels).
  • There are 4 levels of accomplishment that youth can apply to earn annually. Youth can potentially earn more than level (especially the first year they apply).
    • Bronze: 150 points, bronze patch
    • Silver: 300 points, silver patch
    • Gold: 450 points, gold patch
    • Emerald: 700 points, embroidered jacket

Horse program achievement awards

Who can apply for the NC 4-H Horse Program Achievement Award?

  • Any 4-H’er who participates in the 4-H horse program, age 8 and older.
  • No minimum requirement for years of participation.
  • 4-H’ers who have aged out can submit an application the year immediately following their age-out year. 

Why apply for the NC 4-H Horse Program Achievement Awards?

  • This program incentivizes 4-H horse program members to branch out and to experience new activities and leadership roles.
  • It recognizes 4-H horse program participants at all levels for involvement in leadership and growth activities.
  • The program honors 4-H horse program participants who have been truly extraordinary throughout their program participation.

How do you apply for an NC 4-H Horse Program Achievement Award?

  • The application form can be completed using Google Sheets, Excel, or Typable PDF (see links below).
  • The first time an application is filled out, the applicant can go back in time (retroactive) to the beginning of their 4-H career.
  • Applications are updated annually and are only submitted when eligible for an award/level.
  • Applications must be signed by the 4-H leader and 4-H agent

When do you apply for an NC 4-H Horse Program Achievement Award?

  • Applications are due March 1 (for activities that took place the year prior and earlier).
  • Awards will be presented at the State 4-H Horse Show in July. If a youth is not present, their award will be mailed to them.

Application Forms- DUE MARCH 1

Application Completion Walk-Through Video

2024 Achievement Award Application Google Sheet Application

2024 NC 4-H Horse Program Achievement Award Application Excel Version

2024 NC 4-H Horse Program Achievement Application Typable PDF (Be sure to save the PDF file to your device before typing/editing, otherwise, your changes might not be saved.)

Completed and signed application forms can be emailed to

Applications can also be mailed to NC State Extension Horse Husbandry, Box 7621 NC State University, Raleigh, NC 27695-7621

If you have questions, feel free to send a message to Lori Stroud or Alaina Cross: