Horse Program

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  • Nebraska 4-HHorse Programs

    4-H youth riding horses in arena

The Nebraska 4-H Horse Program has life-changing effects on youth. Along with learning horsemanship and animal husbandry, 4-H'ers practice life skills, such as responsibility, self-discipline, personal safety, goal setting, and keeping records. The program aims to develop confident, competent, caring individuals who have good character and are connected to their communities. Youth accomplish this by participating in both local and statewide events and activities.

Statewide, Nebraska 4-H offers the Horsemanship Advancement Level program, American Quarter Horse Association Trail Challenge, 4-H Horse Stampede, District 4-H Horse Shows, and the Fonner Park State 4-H Horse Expo. Through these programs, youth have the opportunity to participate in public speaking, demonstration, horse quiz bowl, hippology, horse judging, art, and photography contests, which do not require youth to own or have access to a horse. There's also 4-H Horse Program volunteer opportunities open to both youth and their families. The Nebaska 4-H Horse Program has something to offer to everyone! 

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

National Contests & Eligibility

The highest placing purple ribbon senior individual or team in which all members are at least 14 years of age will qualify as the Nebraska representative to the designated national or multi-state event. There is also funds available to help send these Nebraska representatives to some national contest. The following contests have corresponding national level events that youth can qualify for: Horse Judging, Hippology, Horse Bowl, Public Speaking, and Demonstration.

National Contest Eligibility



Nebraska 4-H depends on volunteers to help facilitate programs and events, including the 4-H Horse Stampede and the Fonner Park State 4-H Horse Exposition. Volunteers of all ages are welcome and no prior experience with horses is needed. 


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

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PHONE: 402-472-9098