4-H'ers riding horses around a showring

District Shows have been canceled!

Due to concerns surrounding the spread of COVID-19, we have decided to cancel the 2020 District 4-H Horse Shows. For this year, all youth may participate at the State 4-H Horse Show. Please stay tuned for updates.

The horse show at the State 4-H Horse Expo is the pinnacle showing experience for members of the 4-H Horse Program. The show includes a multitude of classes for youth and their horses, such as halter and showmanship classes which are open to all youth regardless of district participation or Horsemanship Advancement Level. However, there are other classes that do require that youth have qualified at one of the District Shows and passed Horsemanship Level II. In addition to these, many classes don't require district qualification but do, however, require that youth have passed Horsemaship Level III or Level IV. See the entry form for a complete listing of the classes offered and the specific requirements.

Entry Instructions

Youth will enter the state show and district shows using the same entry form. The entry deadline is June 15th, 2020. See entry procedures for more information.

Upon Arrival

  1. Stop at the horse check-in station under the overhang of the Thompson Arena.
    • Bring your horse (unsaddled with nothing on them but a halter)
    • 14-day health certificate and proof of negative coggins (dated within the last 12 months). Health certificates and coggins are required for all horses. Bring copies that you can leave.
    • Horse ID document
  2. Proceed with stalling all horses.
  3. Stop at the Registration Office any time before your first scheduled class (this does not have to be done a day prior, you may check-in the morning of as well).
    • Bring your horse health paper.
    • Bring your horse negative Coggins test. A negative Coggins test is required for all horses. This can be up to one year in order to be current.
    • Bring your horse ID's signed by educator, parent, and exhibitor
    • You will receive the program of events with section times, your exhibitor number, and pattern booklet.


  • Please bring a stall gate at least 48 inches wide.
  • All stalls will be required to have bedding and must be cleaned before releasing.
  • Shavings will be available for purchase on the grounds. 
  • Please bring your own feed.

Show Office Hours

  • Sunday: 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
  • Monday: 6:30 am - 6:00 pm
  • Tuesday: 6:30 am - 6:00 pm
  • Wednesday: 6:30 am - 6:00 pm
  • Thursday: 6:00 am - 2:00 pm
             ***Check In must be prior to the day of the show or by 10:00am the day of the show

Notice - Exhibitors

  1. No 4-H horse exhibitors and/or owner shall exhibit a horse at the Fonner Park State 4-H Horse Exposition that has been given in any manner whatsoever, internally or externally, a narcotic, stimulant, depressant, analgesic, local anesthetic, or drug of any kind within 24 hourse before the first scheduled event of each show day at 8:00 AM.
  2. Horse on prescribed treatment of phenylbutazone and/or aspirin-like products must file a statement in the 4-H Horse Show office before the horse can be shown. This statement must describe the treatment reason and be signed by an accredited D.V.M.
  3. Show staff reserve the right to drug test any horse in any class at any time.
  4. The State 4-H Horse Exposition is held for Nebraska 4-H horse exhibitors. Parents, leaders, friends, Fonner Park, and Extension congratulate your efforts in qualifying and participating in these great horse shows. If 4-H exhibitors are physically able to exhibit their horses, they are also expected to prepare their horses for all events. Family and/or friend assistance is welcomed and expected but warm-up riding, etc. by persons other than the exhibitor may require immediate and appropriate action by the show superintendent and the Nebraska 4-H Horse Advisory Committee.
  5. Severe Storm Policy and Plan
  6. Biosecurity Policy

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