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4-H clover Things you can do in 4-H without a horse

We have many ways for you to learn about horses -- and you don't need to own one. You can learn about grooming, visit a farrier or veterinarian, join a team and compete on your horse knowledge. 

Hippology Contest

Compete on your knowledge of horse science. This is a Minnesota 4-H State Horse Show event. 

Horse Expo Tack and Clothing Sale

4-H'ers, parents and supporters, please consider volunteering at the annual Minnesota Horse Expo tack sale. You can support the 4-H program by buying, selling or volunteering at this sale.

Horse Judging Contest

What makes a fine horse? Join a team or compete on your own. 

Horse Judges' Training and Certification

Do you love horses? You can become a 4-H horse judge! Anyone over age 18 can train and certify to judge 4-H horse shows. The horse judges' training and certification seminar is offered every spring for new and re-certifying judges.

Horseless horse project and horse-related activities

Learn about horse breeds, styles of riding, how to care for a horse and much more in a variety of fun activities. You will learn so much you can take a 4-Horse Project to the fair! Find out more in the Horseless Horse Project Handbook.

National trips

Top hippology teams, horse judging teams, speech and demonstration participants and project bowl teams can compete against teams from other states.

Project Bowl

Team competition that takes place in February and March every year. Teams that do well locally can go on to the state project bowl.

Speech and Demonstration Contest

Improve your public speaking and demonstration skills and learn about horses at the same time! This event is held every September during the Minnesota 4-H State Horse Show.

Winter Round Up

Winter Round Up is an exciting three-day, two-night conference of adult and youth leadership and 4-H Horse Project learning. It's for youth in sixth grade or older who are interested in horses. Their families and adult 4-H volunteers are also welcome.


Renee Kostick, hinkx001@umn.edu, 218-232-5174

Reviewed in 2020

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