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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.

4H Horse and Pony ID

4-H Horse and Pony ID

  • 4-H animals will be identified by May 15th, and State Fair-eligible horses need photos uploaded into 4-H Online 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”.
  • An individual 4-H member must identify all animals. When registration papers are involved, the papers must be in the 4-H member’s name or show a logical family relationship.
  • All animals are to be owned by the 4-H member. Counties may have sharing or leasing options for certain species and may require a leasing form (i.e., horse) or other paperwork. Check with your county extension office for these alternatives.
  • A maximum of 5 heads can be identified.
  • Animals cannot be identified under both 4-H and FFA.
  • Animals can be identified by more than one 4-H member (immediate sibling or step-sibling only), but cannot be identified as 4-H under one sibling and FFA under another sibling.
  • 4-H Online ID is required by May 15. ALL horses must upload photos into 4-H Online by May 15(county and state fair).

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. 

Equine Blast

Saturday, December 2, 2023 - 9:00am to 3:15pm
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Equine Blast is a program for 7th-12th grade students interested in equine science. The program focuses on real-world topics that impact the equine industry and youth. Students do not have to be enrolled in 4-H or own equine.