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Rutherford County 4-H

Participants have an opportunity to learn about showing horses, horse judging, feeding, health care, barn and pasture management, safety and many other topics related to horses. Clinics, demonstrations and guest speakers provide a wealth of information. Besides learning opportunities, activities include horse shows, judging contests, and cookouts. You do not have to have a horse to join, but you must provide your own horse to participate in shows and riding activities. You must also be a registered member of the Horse Club by March 1 of the show year to participate in riding events for that year. Contact Walter Dirl for more information wdirl@utk.edu .  

Horse Club is open to 4th – 12th graders.
 
 
 
 
 
4-H Horse Bowl Competition - This program is available for 4-H members in grades 4 - 12.  This is a county team competition with a team consisting of 3 or 4 members.  Members will be asked questions taken from the Tennessee 4-H Horse Bowl Handbook.  The competition is much like the game of jeopardy.  4-H members will be asked questions while using an electric buzzer system.  The team will receive points for correct answers and penalty points for incorrect answers.  At the present time a District and State competition is available with the winning senior state team representing Tennessee at the Eastern National Championship in Louisville, Kentucky.
 
4-H Hippology Competition - This program is available for 4-H members in grades 4 - 12.  This is a county team competition as well as an individual competition.  The contest is a test of basic knowledge related to the Horse Industry.  The contest is composed of a 50 question written test, a 50 question Identification test, and two classes of horse judging worth 100 points.  Team members and high individuals will receive awards based on highest points scored.  At the present time a District and State competition is available with the winning senior team representing Tennessee at the Eastern National Championship in Louisville, Kentucky.
 
4-H Horse Judging Competition - This program is available to 4-H members in grades 4 - 12.  This is a county team competition as well as an individual competition.  This contest is made up of 3 or 4 team members.  Members will judge 6 to 8 classes of horses evaluated on conformation and performance qualities, and must defend their placing with 2 or 3 sets of oral reasons.  Each class will be worth 50 points with the highest winning team score declared the winner.  At the present time a district and state competition is available with the 1st and 2nd place state winning team representing Tennessee at the Southern Regional championship.  The 1st place state senior team will also represent Tennessee at the Eastern National Championship in Louisville, Kentucky.  Several other horse judging contests are available for the state 4-H champion team to participate in throughout the year.
 
4-H Horse Public Speaking Contest - This contest is eligible to senior 4-H members (9th - 12th grades).  The speech should be 7-10 minutes in length and must pertain to the horse industry.  The rules for the contest can be found in the back of the Tennessee State 4-H Horse Championship Handbook.  At the present time there is only a state contest that is held during the Tennessee State 4-H Horse Show.  The state champion will receive a $500 scholarship.  The 1st and 2nd state champion speaking winner will represent Tennessee at the Southern Regional Championship.  The 1st place winner will represent Tennessee at the Eastern National Championship in Louisville, Kentucky.
 
4-H Horse Individual Demonstration Contest - This contest is eligible to senior 4-H members (9th - 12th grades).  The demonstration should be 9-12 minutes in length and must pertain to the horse industry.  The rules for the contest can be found in the back of the Tennessee State 4-H Horse Championship Handbook.  At the present time there is only a state contest that is held during the Tennessee State 4-H Horse Show.  Each state champion winner will receive a $500 scholarship.  The 1st and 2nd place state winner will represent Tennessee at the Southern Regional 4-H Championship.  The 1st place winner will also represent Tennessee at the Eastern National 4-H Roundup in Louisville, Kentucky.
 
4-H Horse Team Demonstration Contest - This contest is eligible to senior 4-H members (9th - 12th grades).  The team demonstration should be 9-12 minutes in length and must pertain to the horse industry.  The rules for the contest can be found in the back of the Tennessee State 4-H Horse Championship Handbook.  At the present time there is only a state contest that is held at the Tennessee State 4-H Horse Show.  Each state winning team will receive $500 to split between them.  The 1st and 2nd place winners will represent Tennessee at the Southern Regional 4-H Championship.  The 1st place winner will also represent Tennessee at the Eastern National 4-H Horse Roundup in Louisville, Kentucky.
 
Record Book Competition - A 4-H member may participate in the 4-H Horse project record book competition starting in the 7th grade.  There is no State competition in the junior high record book competition; however, 4-H members should be encouraged to complete their records to qualify for Junior High Academic Conference.  Record book competition continues through high school with two levels of competition: Level I and Level II.  In the 9th and 10th grade 50% is based on records and 50% on a horse project interview.  4-H’ers may use a visual to assist them with their project interview.  In the 11th or 12th grade scores are based on 75% records and 25% horse project interview.  Level I winners will compete for a $500 scholarship to the University of Tennessee and Level II will compete for a trip to National 4-H Congress in Memphis, Tennessee.
 
Junior High Academic Conference - Youth in grades 7 and 8 can apply to 4-H Academic Conference by submitting a copy of their Horse record book and an application to their District Offices.  Two winners in each District will participate in a State Conference held at the University of Tennessee. 
 
Statewide Regional  4-H Horse Shows - The statewide Regional 4-H Horse Shows are available for any youth in Tennessee grades 4 through 12.  The shows are usually held at four different locations during the first weekend in June.  Pre-registration is required and should be handled through each county Extension Office in Tennessee.  This three day event is available to any youth riding English, Western, Walking, Contest, or cattle events.
 
State 4-H Horse Show - The State 4-H Horse Show is held in Shelbyville, Tennessee, at the National Walking Horse Show Grounds.  Each 4-H member must qualify at their District Horse Show to be eligible to participate.  The show is usually held for an entire week and is available for any breed or style of riding.  High Point Awards are given in each division and a county wide stable management award is also awarded to the county exhibiting the most attractive and properly managed stable during the show.  A special recognition program is given to graduating seniors following a state pizza party.  The show is a wonderful opportunity for youth to exhibit their skills in horsemanship competition.
 
Southern Regional 4-H Horse Show - The Southern Regional 4-H Horse Show is eligible to the top 40 4-H Horse Project members in Tennessee.  This show is a qualifying show based on participation at the State 4-H Horse Show.  This show rotates to different states in the Southern Region and is the highlight of the 4-H show season.  Each member must register and pay fees before leaving the State 4-H Horse Show.
 
 
Information about the TN 4-H Horse project such as the horse enrollment form & the Regional and State  4-H Horse shows can be found at: