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.
The horseless horse program gives youth in grades 3 and up who don’t have a horse the opportunity to learn about horses through educational, hands-on and leadership opportunities. In this project area, you will engage and explore horses in a variety of ways.
- Exhibit a horseless horse project at your local 4-H showcase event at the county fair.
- Turn your learning into a general(non-livestock) exhibit under the horseless horse project. You will present your exhibit at the county fair during your county's 4-H general exhibit judging day.
- Some exhibit examples include but are not limited to, a poster, display, presentation, booklet or constructed project. The horseless horse exhibit can be anything related to the horse industry.
- If you are having trouble coming up with an exhibit idea for the county fair, talk to your parent or guardian, a horseless horse program leader or your local Extension educator for more information.
- Contact your local Extension office to learn more about exhibiting in this project area at an upcoming local showcase event.
- Exhibit in the horseless horse skills class at your local 4-H showcase event at the county fair.
- Using a mentor's horse, you will showcase what you have learned in your current level of horseless horse.
- Each level will include a hands-on demonstration of groundwork skills and verbally answering knowledge-based questions.
- Complete the Horseless Horse Project Level 1 Booklet to exhibit in this class at your local 4-H showcase event at the county fair.
- Contact your local Extension office to learn more about exhibiting in this class at an upcoming local showcase event.
In this fun, friendly competition, 4-H'ers show their knowledge and understanding of equine science and husbandry. Any 4-H'er can join — you don't need to be in the horse project or own a horse.
The competition is held every September at the Minnesota 4-H State Horse Show. Winning teams go on to represent Minnesota in national competitions.
Learn more at our 4-H Hippology Contest page.
In this event, you will make a careful study of a horse, measuring it against an accepted ideal. Horse judging is the art of ranking animals, using your knowledge of ideal horses. Then, use your public speaking skills to defend your choices. Read more on the Horse Judging Contest page.
Do you love horses? You can become a 4-H horse judge! To train and be certified to judge 4-H horse shows, you must be at least 18 years of age and not a current 4-H member.
Learn more about Becoming a 4-H Horse Judge.
In Project Bowl, teams of 3-6 youth build skills working and thinking together while testing their knowledge in these 4-H areas: dairy, dog, general livestock, horse, llama/alpaca, poultry, and rabbit. More about Project Bowl.
Give a speech or demonstration about horses, competing against other speakers. Learn more about 4-H Horse Project Speech and Demonstration Contest.
This event is held every September during the Minnesota 4-H State Horse Show.
Typically in October in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Qualify through the Minnesota 4-H Hippology Contest.
Typically in October in Columbus, Ohio.
Typically in November in Louisville, Kentucky.
Black Hills Stock show / Central States Fair and Rodeo
Typically in January in Rapid City, South Dakota.
American Paint Horse Association. Typically in July.
Reviewed in 2020