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Horse Program

We are proud to have a large membership in our 4-H Horse Program. Check out our Cabarrus County 4-H Horse Clubs. Feel free to check out any of them at their next 4-H Club meeting. Contact the leaders directly to find out when they next meet.

4-H Horse Competitions

Horse Bowl – Teams of 3-4 compete in head to head knowledge quiz competitions. Teams form in Nov/Dec. Registration due Jan. District Competition in Jan, State in March/April.

Hippology – Youths participate in ID stations and knowledge tests individually and earn team cumulative points. Teams form in January. State Competition in April at NC State University.

Horse Judging – Youth participate individually to score classes of 4 horse/rider combinations. Give scores and verbal reasons. Teams can earn cumulative points. Teams form January. State Competition in April.

Expressive Arts – Youth can enter all horse-related arts and crafts to the state art contest that coincides with N.C. 4-H State Horse Show.

For more local information, contact tracy_lecompte@ncsu.edu. State regulations can be found at the NC State University Horse Husbandry website.

Eligibility

We pride ourselves on having strong 4-H members take part in our 4-H Horse Program. In order to show at any 4-H Horse Show, members must gain eligibility by embracing opportunities in the community. Youth must showcase their experiences on the Cab Co Horse Eligibility Regs form. In addition, youth must apply for eligibility through the N.C. 4-H Horse office. Upon completion of these two, youth will receive an N.C. 4-H Horse Eligibility Card in the mail. This original form must be signed by the parent, 4-H volunteer and county 4-H staff and must be present at EVERY 4-H Horse show at check-in.

Reimbursement for Expenses

Members can earn 4-H Scholarship Credits by participating in local competitions. $10 is earned for each project record, $35 for those earning County Champions in our presentation competition and $200 for the Junior 4-H’er of the Year. Youth can request reimbursement for credits using the 4-H Scholarship Reimbursement form.