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4-H clover Kandiyohi County 4-H horse riding lessons

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Kandiyohi County Fairgrounds
907 7th Street NW
Willmar, MN 56201


Nate Erickson, Extension educator
eric4561@umn.edu or 320-231-7890

Rachel Mitchell, Extension educator
mitc1071@umn.edu or 320-231-7890

Cameo Van Horn, office support staff
cvanhorn@umn.edu or 320-231-7890

Horse riding lessons for 2023 start on Monday, June 5.   

To participate with your horse, you must:

  • Submit your negative Coggins test online per instructions sent by the 4-H office. 
  • Wear boots and jeans. 
  • Wear helmets. This is required by the state policy as of 2007: Every person that rides must wear an ASTM/SEI-approved helmet, or you will not be allowed to ride.

Note: A parent or designated adult should be present in case of an emergency.

Schedule of lessons

Classes are split between beginners and advanced, except for Games, which begin at 6:30 p.m. for everyone.

Times of lessons:

  • 6:30-7:45 p.m. - Beginners (first and second-year members only)
  • 7:45-9 p.m. - Advanced (three years or more members)

Dates of lessons:

  • Monday, June 5- Western Pleasure    
  • Monday, June 12-Showmanship
  • Wednesday, June 14-Games   
  • Monday, June 19 -English Pleasure*
  • Wednesday, June 21-Games   
  • Monday, June 26 -Ranch Pleasure (new class added to 4-H in 2022) 
  • Monday, July 3 - Trail
  • Wednesday, July 5- Aim night-Egg & Spoon, Trail
  • Monday, July 10 - English Equitation
  • Monday, July 17 -Western Horsemanship-Patterns
  • Wednesday, July 19 -Training project test out
  • Monday, July 24 -  Focusing on a Successful Fair - All members should attend - Parent meeting at 6:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, July 26 - Games

*If a member has been in 4-H for three or more years but is riding English for the first time, they must ride in the beginners' group.


4-H horse members 


UPDATED:   Annual lesson fee $60 per member or $120 maximum per family

This fee must be paid by May 30.  There will be a late fee of $60 if not paid by May 30.

Payments should be mailed to: 
Kandiyohi County Extension Office
Attn: Nate Erickson
2200 23rd St NE, Suite 2025
Willmar, MN 56201

Payments will not be accepted during lessons. 

Call the Extension office at 320-231-7890 if you would like to pay by debit/credit card.

Scholarships may be available - contact Nate Erickson for more information.

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