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 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 youth participants being tested must be enrolled in the 4-H horse project. 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.
Requirements for District & State 4-H Horse Show Participation
Level I and II must be completed before entering any District Shows or the State 4-H Horse Exposition Show. Level III and/or IV must be successfully completed before entering the coordinating level classes at the State 4-H Horse Expo.
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 certified 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.