January 10, 2023
4-H Horse Project Updates
The Kansas 4-H Horse Project released changes for the 2023 program year. Complete information is available at https://www.kansas4-h.org/projects/animal-science/horse/index.html.
The September Equine Webinar Series also serves as a resource to answer questions: https://www.kansas4-h.org/projects/animal-science/horse/equine-webinar-series.html.
Beginning with the 2023 4-H Program Year, Kansas 4-H Horse Project Members who are currently enrolled in the 4-H Horse Project are eligible to compete at the Kansas State Fair 4-H Horse Show if: The horse is properly identified for the Kansas 4-H Horse Project either by a) registering the horse with a breed association in the 4-Her's or an immediate family member’s name by June 1 of the current 4-H program year, or b) identifying with a Kansas 4-H Horse ID Form signed by the local extension agent by June 1 of the current 4-H program year. The 4-H member must have a copy of the 4-H Horse ID form signed by the local agent or a copy of the horse’s registration papers on file with their local extension office by June 1 of the current 4-H program year. Exhibit a properly identified horse at a horse show in a class group and be qualified to exhibit in any class included in that group.
The horse show need not be a “4-H” show. Shows may include: open shows, circuits, local associations (SCSHA, etc), breed/discipline associations (AQHA, APHA, NRHA etc.). Qualification for each group is based on one horse/rider combination. Exception: If a 4-Her qualifies more than one mare/gelding in the same halter class. In this case, another 4-Her can show the second horse in the appropriate halter class at the State Fair. Group 1 Halter, Showmanship; Group 2 Hunter Under Saddle, Hunt Seat Equitation, Hunter Hack, Saddleseat Pleasure, Saddleseat Equitation; Group 3 Western Pleasure, Western Horsemanship, Trail; Group 4 Ranch Rail, Ranch Pattern, Ranch Trail, Reining; Group 5 Barrels, Poles, Flags.
Complete the Kansas 4-H Equine Webinar Safety Episode with quiz annually before completing the State Fair Entry. Complete online entry information for the Kansas State 4-H Horse Show via ShoWorks by August 1 of the current program year.
Exhibitors will be limited to entering only those classes in which they qualified for a particular horse. Exhibitors should be prepared to show proof of exhibition via signed affidavit by show management. The qualification period will be from October 1- August 1 of the current 4-H program year.
Reach out to Kelsey Nordyke, 620-222-1311 or firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.