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The difference between 4-H and many other horse related opportunities is that the various competitions available focus first on youth development and “winning” a distant second goal.
Y1440, Missouri 4-H Project Horse Enrollment Form (PDF)

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Missouri 4-H Equine Tour

May 23-29, 2015

Do you dream of combining your equine passion with a future career, love to learn more about the horse industry, and enjoy making new 4-H friends who share your love of horses? The University of Missouri Extension 4-H Annual Equine Tour may be just for you! The 2015 tour, May 23-29, will be exploring the horse industry in Missouri, Illinois, Wisconsin, Canada and Michigan and is open to Missouri 4-H teens, ages 14-18. Tour highlights will include collegiate equine education departments, harness racing, visiting a variety of equine farms, meeting 4-H horse members in Wisconsin and Canada, and touring Mackinac Island. Participants will learn from leading equine professionals in the fields of equine therapy, dressage, entertainment, training, art, harness racing, equine facility management and equine welfare. In its ninth year, the tour has proven to be a great opportunity for participants to expand and clarify their possible equine related career paths.

This is just the beginning! The $600 tour fee includes most meals, hotels, transportation on a chartered bus, admission fees, tour shirts/bags/group photo. Applications are due before March 1.

Trip participants are accepted until bus is filled.  Application, references and $300 trip deposit (or full tour payment of $600) is due before March 1 to secure your place on the tour!

For questions, contact Debbie Davis at davisdd@missouri.edu or 816-539-3765


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Hippology State Contest


Sunday, April 26, 2015
Animal Science Center, University of Missouri-Columbia

Open to all 4-Hers.  Registration is limited to the first 180.

Register through 4HOnline.

County information
Registrations are due to the state 4-H office by April 1.

Horse project: Hippology


Junior Results         Senior Results

Click here for 2015 Hippology Photos.



Horse Bowl Coach Certification training

Thanks for your interest in becoming a trained 4-H horse bowl coach.  Before jumping to the tutorial, please read the following and let me know if you have any questions. Ben Gallup at gallupb@missouri.edu    

Reason horse bowl coaches training is required
As you may know, horse bowl coaches must be trained to take teams to regional and ,if selected ,state 4-H horse bowl contests.  Through training, we all work from the same set of rules and, more importantly, from a similar perspective that positive youth development is our 4-H priority.   

New 4-H horse bowl coaches must meet the following three requirements prior to acceptance for this 4-H volunteer position. 

1. Must have completed Making the Best Better: Volunteer Orientation.

2. Must be screened for child abuse, neglect and criminal records.
(Please contact your local University of Missouri Extension center for “how to” information related to volunteer orientation and background screening.) 

3. And, must go through the online horse bowl coach’s tutorial.     

Hang with me we are almost there.  Once you log into the website, you will see a menu on the left hand side of the screen.  The questions for the test are taken from the Horse Bowl Guide which is the last item in the list.  The Coaches Training link has material that is intended to help you when you work with a team.  Some of the content from the Bowl Guide and the Coaches Training information overlap.  Please take some time to read through the Coaches Training notes as they provide tremendous insight into what 4-H values above everything else –
positive youth development.      
One last favor please….. While your name will automatically go into our state horse bowl coaches data base when you register, I need you to call and let your local 4-H youth specialist know that you have passed.  Good luck!

There are 50 questions on the tutorial test which are taken from the guide book and you may retake it until you pass with an 80% or above. Tutorial Site

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Horse Bowl State Contest

Saturday, April 25, 2015
University of Missouri-Columbia
Animal Science Center

Horse Bowl has regional team limits and certified coaches are required. Register with the area coordinator.

County information
Horse Bowl regulations are in the LG1400, 4-H Horsemanship Manual (PDF). Registrations are due to the state 4-H office by April 1.

Horse project: Horse Bowl

Junior Results     Junior Junior Results    Senior Results

Click here for the 2015 Horse Bowl Photos!

                               The Anderson Memorial Belt Buckle

This belt buckle was given in memory of Alexandra Anderson. From Left to Right: Cynthia O’Bryan (aunt of
Alexandra), Junior Junior top individual, Abigail Eddy, Boone County; Junior top individual, Anna Loucks,
St. Louis County; Senior top individual, and Megan Andersen, Greene County.

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Horse Judging State CONTEST

Saturday, March 14, 2015
Trowbridge Livestock Center, University of Missouri-Columbia

Open to all 4-Hers. The Horse Judging Contest take place at Trowbridge Livestock Center.  There is no limit on the number of members a county may pre-enter in the contest; however, youth must pre-enter. Cost is $15 per individual and no fee for parents or leaders.  Contest day check in for pre-entered youth is at 8:30 a.m. Contact your county office for more information.

Horse project: Horse Judging

horse judging participantsHorse Judging Contest 2013
Results, article and photos

Horse Judging State CLINIC

Saturday, March 14, 2015
Sales arena in Trowbridge Livestock Center
University of Missouri-Columbia

Open to all 4-Hers. The Horse Judging Clinic takes place at Trowbridge Livestock Center.  There is no limit on the number of members a county may pre-enter in the clinic; however, youth must pre-enter. Cost is $15 per individual and no fee for parents or leaders. Lunch for paid youth participants will be provided.

Check in for pre-entered youth begins at 9 a.m. The Judging Clinic begins at 9:30 a.m. with a 30 minute break for lunch about noon and ending by 1:30 p.m.  Youth will have “how to” instruction in the morning and give 1 set of reasons after lunch.  Pre-entered youth will receive an information letter with maps, details, etc.

$15.00 registration fee

Horse project: Horse Judging


Judging and Clinic Mark the State Horse Event

First Place Senior Team

Second Place Senior Team

Third Place Senior Team

First Place Junior Team

Second Place Junior Team

Third Place Junior Team

March 2015

120 4-H members from all across the state converged upon the University of Missouri Trowbridge Livestock Center Saturday, March 14 for the annual State 4-H Horse Judging contest.  In addition to the contest, about 30 youth and parents participated in a judging clinic. Jamison Gross from Cloud Community College in Concordia, KS taught the clinic that was held in Trowbridge Sales arena.  Skills learned by participants included the science of horse judging as well as transferable skills in decision making, problem solving and public speaking. 

This year Buchanan County swept both the junior and senior divisions in the contest.  The Buchanan County senior team will represent Missouri 4-H at the 4-H National Horse Judging Contest to be held in November of this year in Louisville, KY.  The results are posted at judgingcard.com under Missouri State 4-H Horse Judging Contest. 

First Place Senior Team – Buchanan County  members left to right – Jake Kulak, Baylee Price, McKell Norris, Kelsey Dunlap, Chelsea Price, Morgan Anderson, Jaclyn Dickens, Hailey Gregory

Second Place Senior – Sullivan County Horse Judging Team composed of left to right Natalie Ayers, Hadley Williams, Zachary Ayers, Camden Williams and Jillian Albrecht.

Third Place Senior Team – Boone County – Members left to right -  Colton Warren, Cheyenne Gardi, Emily Adams, Mariah Murphy.

First Place Junior Team – Buchanan County – Members left to right – Allison Sykes, Sophia Hall, Isabella Hall and Breesa Price

Second Place Junior Team – Jasper County – Member left to right – Laura Thorn, Tannah Cassatt, Shalyl Busker, Mikayla East, Mackenzie Bell and Emilee Block

Third Place Junior Team – Greene County – Members left to right – Ella O’Connor, Carlee Clair, Nicole Berger, Rory O’Connor

4-H Staff Note: Additional Photos may be found at: S:\MUCampus\4-H\Events & Contests\Horse\Horse Judging

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Horse Public Speaking and Demonstration State Contest

September 12, 2015
University of Missouri-Columbia
Animal Science Center


     4-H counties from across the state selected their top speakers to represent them in the state contest held September 8th.  Youth share their knowledge and compete for opportunities to represent Missouri 4-H at National Contests held in Louisville, KY in November. 



     Registration for this event will be through your family profile in 4HOnline (https://mo.4honline.com).  Registration ends August 15.


     Horse project: Horse Speaking and Illustrative Talk/Demonstration

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MFA Saddle award

Sponsored by MFA Agri-Services-Feed Division, the MFA Saddle Award is for Missouri 4-H members aged 14 years and older participating in the Missouri 4-H Horsemanship Program who demonstrate knowledge and skills in horsemanship and horse science, the ability to share the knowledge and skills with other members and a commitment to better their community.

The MFA Saddle Award is presented at the Missouri State Horse Judging Contest n in March.

MFA Western Saddle Awarded to Allixandrea Johnson of Callaway County

March 16, 2015

Allixandrea Johnson from Callaway County has been awarded the 2014 MFA Western Saddle. Allixandrea is a member of the Hardin Hustlers 4-H Club. She has served as secretary and treasurer of her club and also has been captain of both her county’s Horse Bowl and Hippology teams. Allizandrea reported in her application, “One of the greatest things I have learned is that I still have a lot to learn…Even though I am a junior leader the other members of the Horse Program have so much to teach me.”  

MFA, Inc. has provided a free western saddle for the past 24 years to a Missouri 4-H youth 14 and over. The saddle was awarded by Janice Spears; MFA feed products marketing manager, on Saturday, March 14, at the 4-H State Horse judging annual contest.  The greatly appreciated saddle is just one example of the complete line of equine products available through MFA; proud sponsor of Missouri 4-H Youth Development programs.

Story Source: Bob McNary

Check your county MU Extension center for local due date.  Applications from the county are due to the state 4-H office by the January 2 each year.

MFA Saddle Award application is in the LG1400, 4-H Horsemanship Manual (PDF)

2013 MFA award

MFA Saddle Award winner




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State Fair Sponsored 4-H/FFA Youth Horse Show

TBA, 2015
Missouri State Fair, Sedalia


First 550 horses only

Registration forms are available in May at http://www.mostatefair.com

For 4-H State Fair information, see Missouri State Fair

The reining patterns for State Fair are in the LG1400, 4-H Horsemanship Manual (PDF)

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Tennessee Walking Horse award

Open to all 4-Hers with a Tennessee Walking Horse.

Check your county MU Extension center for local due date.  Applications from the county are due to the state 4-H office by March 1 each year.

Tennessee Walking Horse award form is in the LG1400, 4-H Horsemanship Manual (PDF)

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Can't find something?  Contact 4hyouth@missouri.edu (please include your county) or 573-882-9359

The Missouri 4-H website contains many PDF documents that require the free Adobe Reader.  You may need to download the newer version of Adobe Reader if you encounter problems reading the PDF documents.

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