Equine Extension

Horse Project Leaders Needs Assessment

Equine Science LogoThe Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Equine Program is conducting a statewide Equine Needs Assessment Survey to identify the educational needs of the horse project leaders. We are asking for your thoughts and input on a variety of topics, events and training's related to your role as equine project leaders. The survey results will be used to develop effective, science-based, equine education programs and resources aimed at improving the management and enjoyment of equine. The survey is voluntary, anonymous and should take about 15 minutes. You may skip questions you are not comfortable answering and withdraw from participating at any time. Your responses will not be linked directly to you by name, as all data will be combined and used in summary form only. Thank you for your helping us continue to improve the Iowa 4-H equine project.

Horse Project Leaders Needs Assessment Survey

Area Youth Earn Top Honors at Western National Roundup

2018 3rd place 4-H hippology teamArea youth competed in one of the two 4-H National Horse Judging Contests … Western National Roundup, in Denver, CO January 4-7, 2018.  Mackenzie Berkland, Ruthven; Skyler Morphew, Bancroft; Ariana Umscheid, Terril and Madison Strief from Dubuque County, represented Iowa 4-H. They placed 5th as a team in the performance (riding) classes, 1st as a team in Oral Reasons, and first as a team overall.  Teams came to compete in this contest from across the nation and Canada.

Team members also placed very well individually.  Berkland was High Individual Overall, and received 1st place in Halter and Reasons and 3rd in Performance.  Umscheid placed 3rd in Halter, 5th in Reasons and 8th place Overall.  Morphew was 2nd in Halter and 8th in Reasons.

This contest requires contestants to place in correct order 4 horses in each of 10 different classes including 4 halter classes, western riding, western horsemanship, western pleasure, hunter under saddle, hunt seat equitation, and reining.  Each class has its own set of criteria with different penalties and credits.  Youth then defend their choices on 4 classes by giving oral reasons.  Reasons are evaluated based on accuracy, relevancy, terminology, organization, and presentation.

Judging experiences contribute to the development of critical and logical thinking skills, self-confidence, communication and presentation skills.

Much appreciation goes to the following local businesses and individuals whose support made participating in this trip possible.

Ag Performance Iowa Trust and Savings Bank
Bancroft Implement James and Helen Ricke
Bank Plus Jaycox Implement
Bob Boland Ford Jeremy’s Welding
Buchanan, Bibbler, Gabor and Meis Ken’s Auto Repair
Central States Agency Kollash Repairs
Cornerstone Insurance Kossuth Friends of Kossuth Youth
D & S Pork Noble Medicine
Dietering Brothers North Iowa Lumber
Ed’s Service North Kossuth Auto Supply
Emmet County 4-H Foundation North Star Bank
Fairchild Manufacturing Palo Alto County 4-H Foundation
Farmers and Traders Savings Bank Riverview Trucking
George and Sandy Vaske Rodney and Jodi Smith
GKN S & R Auto
Hager Foods Shear Shack
ILEC Sibley Vet Clinic
Iowa State Bank Standard Nutrition
The State Bank Tigges Chiropractic
VonEhwegen Seed  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lisa Berkland |  4-H Youth Development
Iowa State University Extension and Outreach

4-H Youth Development Specialist
lisaberk@iastate.edu
www.extension.iastate.edu

Arena Etiquette

  • Proper spacing is 2 horse lengths or more distance from you and the horse in front of you.
  • If you must stop for tack adjustment or for the rider’s needs, come to the center of the ring to do so.
  • Do not mount or otherwise congregate in the entrance to the riding area.
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2020 Equine Extravaganza

We all know that having horses requires more than just jumping on and riding!  One way to help youth get motivated to learn more about the science behind horses is to encourage them to get involved in Equine Extravaganza.

Horse eventsSave the dates for the 2020 Equine Extravaganza – March 20-22!  This is held at Ellsworth Community College in Iowa Falls.  It isn’t too soon to start gathering a team! The following activities are part of this event:          

  • Horse Quiz Bowl – Friday evening
  • Hippology – Saturday
  • Horseless Horse exhibit judging – Saturday
  • Public Speaking contest – Saturday
  • Team and individual Demonstration contest – Saturday
  • Horse Judging Contest – Sunday
  • 4-H Horse Judges certification – Sunday
  • Model Horse - Sunday

Information from previous years is available now on this website: https://www.extension.iastate.edu/4h/equineextravaganza  Please check back for information that will be updated for 2020 shortly after the first of the year.

If you have never participated before, consider attending this year and observing or if you don’t mind jumping in, consider encouraging youth to participate! 

Additional resources for quiz bowl and Hippology include:

If you are looking to start a horse judging team, consider checking out some of these resources:

Video Resources:

Some great publications: 

Online subscription resources:

Lastly, if you haven’t joined our 4-H Horse Project Leaders Facebook page, please consider this your invitation to do so!  https://www.facebook.com/groups/1420123681586863/

Lisa Berkland | IA
Iowa State University Extension and Outreach

4-H Youth Development Specialist
2008 10th Street
Emmetsburg, IA 51358
lisaberk@iastate.edu
www.extension.iastate.edu

The Extravaganza

Equine Extravaganza provides opportunities for all youth in grades 4 through 12 to share their knowledge of the equine industry through a variety of competitions and participatory events. Select opportunities are also open to young people in third grade. You do not need to be a member of 4-H to register. As a part of the event, a judge's clinic is also offered. This opportunity is for adults wanting to become certified or re-certified to judge at a county or regional equine shows in Iowa. The 2020 Extravaganza is scheduled for March 20 -22 at the Ellsworth Community College Equestrian Center in Iowa Falls.