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Extension Horses HALTER courses are revitalized!

Extension Horses HALTER courses are revitalized!

Extension Horses JudgingWelcome to the revitalized Horse Adult Leader Training and Educational Resource (HALTER) Program brought to you by Extension Horses, INC! This progressive series of four lessons is designed to offer equine science information, student activities, and techniques to foster positive youth development. Each level builds on the previous one.

Once you successfully complete each level, and the associated requirements, you will receive a certificate of completion!

Topics in each level include:

Halter Level 1

  • Keeping your horse at home
  • Basic horse care and management
  • Horse Power: Positive Youth Development and Horses

Halter Level 2

  • Introduction to Horses and Horse Activities
  • Understanding Bits for Horses
  •  Learning Styles and Riding Instruction
  • Ages and Stages for Working with Youth

Halter Level 3

  • Basics of Horse Ownership
  • Equine Body Condition Scoring
  • Top Ten Coaching Tips for Youth Riders

Halter Level 4

  • Equine Pasture Management
  • Effective Horse Training and Rider Development
  • Parenting Tips for Horse Shows

Cost is $10per course. If you purchase all 4, you can get a 20% discount!

You can enroll at:

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Virtual Youth Horse Judging Clinic

Sunday, October 15, 2023 - 6:00pm to Sunday, November 19, 2023 - 8:00pm
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Makenzie Berkland will be presenting a 6-week course designed as an introduction to competitive horse judging while also providing youth with previous judging experience to brush up on the most common classes. We will cover Halter, Western Pleasure, Hunter Under Saddle, Horsemanship, Equitation, Ranch Horse classes, and Oral Reasons. Each evening, we will cover one or two of these topics in an interactive format with opportunities to ask questions. Participants will submit placings for classes that will be tracked throughout the series. Sessions will start Sunday, October 15th, from 6 p.m.-8:00 p.m. and run through November 19th. 

2024 Iowa Horse Judges Directory

The judge’s directory provides a list of potential judges for committees to consider when selecting judges.  Listing in the directory should not be interpreted as proven judging ability, but rather as a statement that these judges have made a conscientious effort to improve.


2024 Iowa Horse Judges Certification Clinic

Sunday, April 14, 2024 - 8:30am to 5:00pm
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The Iowa Horse Judges Certification Clinic is designed to provide high-quality training for judges working with 4-H youth. These individuals are, or aspire to be, horse show judges and obtain practical hands-on experience in judging horse classes. Adult individuals completing the clinic & a written examination are included in the Iowa Horse Judges Directory. The event will be held at the Ellsworth Equestrian Facility.