Area 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|
- 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.
A step-by-step procedure for consistent, accurate measurement of horses and ponies.
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.
Save 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:
- Horse Industry Handbook - http://www.ayhc.com/shop
- Horse Smarts: An equine reference and youth activity guide - http://www.ayhc.com/shop
- Horse Learning Lab Kits from Ohio State University - https://extensionpubs.osu.edu/horse-learning-lab-kit/
If you are looking to start a horse judging team, consider checking out some of these resources:
- Texas A & M – classes -- https://animalscience.tamu.edu/livestock-species/equine/online-judging/ Scroll down and you will find the 2015 Houston show videos
- http://horsejudging.com/ I have never had a subscription here, just the free account.
- Look at youtube and search for horse judging classes or for specific classes.
Some great publications:
- AQHA competitive horse judging manual - https://www.aqha.com/news-and-publications/e-books/free-ebooks/competitive-horse-judging-manual1
- UNL – horse judging resource page - https://animalscience.unl.edu/horse-judging-information
- North Carolina – horse judging resource page - https://equinehusbandry.ces.ncsu.edu/equinehusbandry-educational-materials/horse-judging-resource-material/
Online subscription resources:
- Texas A & M horse judging https://campus.extension.org/course/search.php?search=horse+judging
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
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.