Nebraska 4-HHorsemanship Advancement Levels
The Horsemanship Advancement Levels program is designed to serve as a guide for instruction and evaluation of each member's progress. The correct handling of horses is emphasized from the beginning level to the most advanced level. Each level has particular emphases to assist in developing 4-H member's self-discipline, patience, self-reliance, responsibility, and pride of accomplishments.
The 4-H'ers being tested must be properly enrolled as a 4-H horse project member. During testing of each level, youth must also use a horse that has been properly identified on the 4-H Light Horse Identification Record and Owners Affidavit. 4-H'ers must own, lease, or manage the horse being used. Youth must have access to the horse and provide care and management as described in the Nebraska 4-H Horse Show and Judging Guide. 4-H members may use any of their project horses. However, a single horse must be used for the entire skills test of each level.
Level I and II must be completed before entering any District Shows, the State 4-H Horse Exposition Show, or AKSARBEN Horse Show. Level III and/or IV must be successfully completed before entering the coordinating level classes at the State 4-H Horse Exposition or AKSARBEN Horse Show.
Project members must be aware of, and adhere to, any deadlines set by the local Extension office, realizing these deadlines may vary from county to county. For more information about annual deadlines, please contact your local Extension office.
To find a qualified examiner for the level you are ready to pass and to determine the correct steps for going through the testing process, contact your local Extension office for details.
Examiners administer skills test for each Horsemanship Advancement Level. All examiners, regardless of the level they are certified in, must complete a Nebraska 4-H Volunteer Profile Personal Information Form (4HF104). To complete this form, please contact your local Extension office. Once an examiner has been certified their name is added to the appropriate level examiner list.
Study Resources for All Levels
- Horse Project Member Manual
- Horse Project Advancement Levels
- 4-H Horse Show & Judging Guide
- Horse Science
- The Horse by Evans, Borton, Hintz, VanVleck
- Horse Industry Handbook
- American Youth Horse Council
- Purdue Horse Education
- National 4-H Horse curricula
- Oklahoma State University Department of Animal Science
- eXentsion - Horses
- Junior Master Horseman