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|
4-H Horse and Pony ID
- 4-H animals are to be identified by May 15th and State Fair eligible horses need photos uploaded into 4hOnline by May 15th.
- Read the 4-H 202 publication, “Iowa 4-H Livestock Show Requirements - Animal Identification, Weighing, and Exhibiting Requirements for County, State and Interstate Shows”.
- Ownership is required of the 4-H animal. However, Horses have an official lease (4H 106 CL) option as a 4-H project. The 4-H’er must complete a lease form. Only showmanship, riding or driving horses are eligible for lease; horses in halter/conformation classes, cannot be leased and must be owned by the 4-H’er.
- Horse and dog project animals can be identified by more than one 4-H member provided the members are all 4-H members and are siblings. Sibling definition includes brother, sister or step-siblings with one common parent/guardian. The same animal(s) cannot be identified by one sibling in 4-H and another sibling in FFA.
- Maximum of 5 head can be identified; of those, a max. of 2 may be leased
- Registration papers are required for State Fair halter classes (upload to 4hOnline or present papers at check-in)
- 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.
Twelve 4-H members from around the state gathered to participate in Animal Science Roundup this June 23-25. Animal Science Roundup is an extension of the Iowa 4-H Youth Conference that takes place every year at Iowa State University’s campus. The horse section is organized by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Specialist Peggy Auwerda.
|4H Roundup Youth Wrapping a Leg|
Students are selected to participate and gain hands-on learning experience. The first day of the program consisted of Nikki Ferwerda, the horse farm supervisor collecting a stallion and discussing semen evaluation. Next, leg models were used to allow youth to practice wrapping legs. The second day consisted of a trip to Prairie Meadows Backside and Track side. Jon Moss, Executive Director of the Iowa H.B.P.A. gave a wonderful tour and discussion of horse racing. The youth were allowed to discuss the horses training on the track, visit the jockeys room and assess equipment, visit the area where urine or blood specimens are obtained from the first or second place finishers after a race and visit the track office where horses are signed up to race. The afternoon consisted of the youth learning to body condition score and measure weight in horses, evaluate a digestive tract and Kirk Hatfield discussed Ranch Riding.
The last day of Animal Science Roundup included a skillathon and quiz bowl where the youth are quizzed over the items they learned about at Roundup.
|Jon Moss and Dr. John Sweeney discussing
the test barn at Prairie Meadows Racetrack &
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