Horse Program

  • Nebraska 4-HHorse Programs

    4-H youth riding horses in arena
  • Nebraska 4-HHorse Programs

    teens standing next to horse
  • Nebraska 4-HHorse Programs

    4-H youth riding horses in arena
  • Nebraska 4-HHorse Programs

    4-H youth riding horses in arena

4-H members who have access to or own a horse have many opportunities to participate in shows and events with their equine partner. However, Nebraska 4-H also offers a variety of horse programs that do not require youth to own or have access to a horse. Additionally, there are volunteer opportunities within these programs which are open to both youth and their families. 

The Nebraska 4-H horse programs offer life-changing opportunities for youth. Along with learning horsemanship and animal husbandry, 4-H members practice life skills, such as responsibility, self-discipline, personal safety, goal setting, and keeping records. The focus of the Nebraska 4-H horse programs is the total development of the young person. The horse shows and related equine activities and contests are utilized as a vehicle for human growth and development. The programs aim to develop confident, competent, caring individuals who have good character and are connected to their communities.

To learn more about 4-H horse events and activities in your community, contact your local Extension office.

NEBRASKA 4-H HORSE PROGRAMS

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4-H Horse Stampede

The 4-H Horse Stampede, held annually on the University of Nebraska–Lincoln East Campus, provides 4-H members an opportunity to showcase and demonstrate their equine knowledge through a variety of 4-H horse contests that do not require live horses, including public speaking, demonstrations, quiz bowl, art and photography contests.

4-H Horse Stampede

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District 4-H Horse Shows

The District 4-H Horse Shows are opportunities for 4-H members to demonstrate their skills and abilities with their horse in a variety of classes, including hunter under saddle, western pleasure, hunt seat equitation, western horsemanship, reining, barrels, and poles. Youth must have passed Horsemanship Advancement Level II in order to participate at any of the five district shows.

District 4-H Horse Shows

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Fonner Park State 4-H Horse Expo

The Fonner Park State 4-H Horse Expo is an opportunity for 4-H members to demonstrate their skills and knowledge of horses at a state-level competition. The expo is held annually and hosts the state horse show, hippology contest, and horse judging contest.

Fonner Park State 4-H Horse Expo

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AQHA 4-H Horse Trail Challenge

The AQHA 4-H Horse Trail Challenge provides an opportunity for youth to strengthen the trust between themselves and their horse as they navigate obstacles and riding trails. The challenge includes three levels of participation where youth receive scores based on their ability to navigate the course with their equine partner.

AQHA 4-H Horse Trail Challenge

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Equine Webinar Series

The Equine Webinar Series is an opportunity for all youth, parents, and volunteers to gain knowledge of a variety of equine topics. Youth do not need to be enrolled 4-H members to participate. Webinars are held on the second Monday of each month.

Equine Webinar Series

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Horsemanship Advancement Levels

The Horsemanship Advancement Levels program is designed to serve as a guide for instruction and evaluation of each 4-H member's progress. Each level has particular emphases to assist in developing 4-H member's self-discipline, patience, self-reliance, responsibility, and pride of accomplishment.

Horsemanship Advancement Levels

CALENDAR OF 4-H HORSE EVENTS

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Equine Webinar Series August 13, 2018 Online
Equine Webinar Series September 10, 2018 Online
Equine Webinar Series October 8, 2018 Online
Equine Webinar Series November 12, 2018 Online
Equine Webinar Series December 10, 2018 Online
Equine Webinar Series February 11, 2019 Online
Equine Webinar Series March 11, 2019 Online

For questions about this program or the information on this page, please contact:

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COORDINATOR: Lena Luck
EMAIL: lena.luck@unl.edu
PHONE: 402-472-9098