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Throughout summer, the 4-H horse children can be seen showcasing their talent and equestrian skills in fair events across the United States. It’s a great time of year for local groups to come together and demonstrate what they stand for.
4-H isn’t limited to just horse showing or even horses in general. It provides youth an opportunity to develop life skills, while undertaking projects in fields like health, science, and agriculture.
Children, from ages 5 to 18, can participate in various horse projects. They are available to those with and without horses. Each county usually has a local group to participate in. You can contact your local county extension office for a list or try online here.
The horse program promotes responsible and ethical horsemanship skills. Projects range from performance and competitive trail riding to safety and horsemanship. Some yearly events might include:
- 4-H State Achievement Days
- Horse Judging
- District 4-H Horse Shows
- Equine Science Camp
- Regional Clinics
- Competitive Trail Ride
- Regional/ National Events
- All American Quarter Horse Congress