The Nebraska 4-H Video Companion Animal Showmanship Contest provides youth an opportunity to showcase their knowledge and skills they have developed in their 4-H companion animal project. The contest is open to youth ages 10-18 who are enrolled in a companion animal project.
Videos will be recorded by Extension staff and at youth's local Extension office. The local Extension office will then submit youth's entry including the video recording and, if required, Cat and Ferret Vaccination Form. Entries are due 5:00 p.m., August 10, 2019, and will be accepted between June 1 and August 10. To schedule a time to record your presentation and submit your entry, please contact your local Extension office.
Contest Rules & Regulations
Intermediate: 10-13 years of age before January 1 of the current year
Senior: 14-18 years of age as of January 1 of the current year
ClassesNote: Any classes with fewer than 5 entries may be combined.
- Guinea pig
- Rodents (mice, rats, hamsters, gerbils)
- Eligibility - Exhibitor must be currently enrolled in the 4-H companion animal project. Each exhibitor may only submit one entry. Participation is free.
- Age - Intermediate contestants must be at least 10 years of age and under 14 years of age before January 1 of the current year. Senior contestants must be at least 14 years of age and under 19 years of age as of January 1 of the current year.
- Animals - Animals being shown should be owned by the 4-H member or a member of their immediate family to be entered in the showmanship contest. It is recommended that cats and ferrets be shown on a leash.
- Showmanship Presentation Guidelines - Presentations should be less than 5 minutes in length. Presentations must be video recorded (only one take allowed) by a staff member of the youth's local Extension office. At the end of the presentation, youth will be asked preselected knowledge-based questions.
- Video Guidelines & Submission - Videos must be recorded (only one take allowed) by an Extension staff member at youth's local Extension office. Videos may be recorded using a video camera or cell phone and should clearly show both the animal and the exhibitor and have clear audio. Videos along with the completed Cat and Ferret Vaccination Form will be submitted by local Extension offices to the state office for judging. All entries must be received by 5:00 pm on August 10, 2019.
- Contest Scoring - Please see the scoresheets for the scoring breakdown for each division.
- Exhibitor Appearance: 15 points
- Handling/Appearance of Animal: 15 points
- Proof of Vaccination: 5 points
- Presentation Content & Clarity: 35 points
- Length of Presentation: 5 points
- Knowledge: 25 points
- Health & Vaccination - All animals shown must be healthy. They should be free of fleas, ticks, ear mites, ringworm, any internal and external parasites and infectious diseases. Cats are required to be current on their vaccinations of rabies, distemper, panleukopenia, rhinotracheitis, and calici virus. Cats must either have a current feline leukemia vaccination or proof of a negative test within 180 days of the show. Ferrets must be current on their vaccination for rabies. Proof of vaccination must be sent in with registration. Participants should have their veterinarian fill out and sign the Cat and Ferret Vaccination Form. A complete form should be submitted with the exhibitor's entry.
4-H'ers vaccinating their own cats must provide proof by including a statement from their vet on the Vaccination Record Form or by including the vaccination labels on the form and having it signed by a parent. A rabies vaccination is federally mandated to be given by a Certified Veterinarian ONLY. This vaccination must be current and include a veterinarian's signature on the Cat and Ferret Vaccination Form.
4-H'ers vaccinating their own cats must provide proof in the form of a statement from their vet on the Cat and Ferret Vaccination Form or by turning in the serum containers. A rabies vaccination is federally mandated to be given by a Certified Veterinarian ONLY. This vaccination must be current and a veterinarian's signature is required on the Cat and Ferret Vaccination Form.
If the Cat is not declawed, the claws must be clipped. This will be a point of judging during the competition.
- Dress Code - Exhibitors are required to wear a white shirt or blouse with a 4-H emblem (no county identification). Long pants are required. 4-H will be judged on the neatness of their appearance. This includes but is not limited to: shirt tucked in, appropriate size of clothing, tied shoelaces, etc. Individuals not meeting these requirements will be lowered one ribbon placing.
- Grand and reserve champion certificates will be awarded to the top two exhibitors in each division.
- Each participant will be awarded a certificate.