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Maryland 4-H Horse Program


This web site will provide 4-H leaders and youth resources for 4-H Horse Education Programs.


Maryland 4-H provides a variety of opportunities for youth with an interest in horses. Clubs offer youth, both horseless and horse owning, opportunities to learn about equines.


To learn more about the 4-H program in Maryland visit their site: Maryland 4-H Horse Program


Maryland 4-H Horse Program Calendar of Events


Contact your local Extension Office for more information about 4-H and how to join.


Congratulations to Maryland Teams that participated at the 2009 Eastern Nationals in Louisville, Kentucky.

The team of Lane Hahn and Stacey Heaver received 2nd place for the demonstration titled “Foal Watch“”. Emily Snyder was 9th for her demonstration titled “The Ringbone's Connected to theā€¦”.

In Horse Judging the Maryland team of Weber Stibolt, Ashley Newman, Allie Pickens, Jichaela Roderick placed 7th overall, with 2nd place in Reasons and 5th place in Halter. Individuals Allie Pickens was 6th in Halter and 6th in Oral Reasons and Jichaela Roderick was 10th in Oral Reasons.

The Horse Bowl team of Theresa Alexander, Rachel Ginn, Katie Reynolds, Amanda Rasch placed 5th overall. High Individuals overall were Theresa Alexander 7th and Amanda Rasch 8th

The Hippology Team of Rebecca Hoffman, Mackenzie Barnard, Katie Pontuti, Brooke Dudrow placed 10th in the Written Phase and 10th in the Stations Phase. Click Here For Complete Results:


Hippology- is the study of horses. The contest includes a written test, judging classes, and an identification table. You learn about anatomy, breeds, tack, health care, nutrition and much more.

Maryland 4-H Hippology Contest Rules

Horse Judging

Horse Judging - is the comparing a horse against the ideal. The contest consists of judging halter and performance horses; then defending your choices with oral reasons.

Maryland 4-H Horse Judging Rules

Visit this link for a lesson on Horse Judging

Want to try to judge a class? Halter Mares
Note: These links take a while to load on dial-up.

The resources section has links to Judging Manuals.

Quarter Horse

Horse Bowl

Horse Bowl is a team event with buzzers. Questions about a variety of horse related topics are asked.

Maryland 4-H Horse Bowl Rules

Try these fun games to test your knowledge:
Choose equine and just put your initials in for name and class.






Team and Individual Demonstrations and Public Speaking to teach others about horses

The State Communication Competition is held in conjunction with 4-H Jamboree. A multi-day event providing youth with demonstrations and hands-on horse experiences.

Maryland 4-H Horse Jamboree and Communication Contest Rules

Horsemanship Standards

Horsemanship Standards give 4-Her's a "Chance to Show What They Know". With 6 levels of knowledge and riding, youth have the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge and skills.

Maryland 4-H Horsemanship Standard Information


We welcome you to our web site, knowing it reflects our PRIDE and serves as a place for information about Horses and 4-H Horse Programs. This site is a constantly changing means of communicating with our community. So, as you browse our site we hope you will ask questions and share any suggestions you have for improvement.

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Visit our Resources section for links to educational pages that will help with the preparation for these contests.


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