About the Horse Project
Designed to provide members with an opportunity to handle, care for and ride horses.
Links for Quick References:
- Horse Shows & Events Calendar
- Colorado 4-H Horse Project Resources
- 4-H Horse Show Resources (Judges, Score Cards)
- 4-H Horse Program Donation Form
Vesicular Stomatitis Virus (VSV) Information
Please see the following information from State Extension Veterinarian Dr. Ragan Adams regarding recent confirmed cases of Vesicular Stomatitis Virus (VSV) in Colorado and nearby states. VSV most often affects horses, cattle and swine but can also affect mules/donkeys, bison, sheep, goats and camelids. The link below also contains information about signs of VSV and biosecurity strategies that should be observed by our 4-H members, families and volunteers with Horses and Livestock. Common Sense Practices
Horse ID on 4-H Online
Deadline: Last Friday in April (April 30, 2021)
In order to declare your project animal(s), Horse project members must complete an Animal ID on 4HOnline for each horse in their project.
Members showing at the Boulder County Fair or Colorado State Fair are only eligible to show the horses they have their Animal ID completely (including required pictures/records) on 4HOnline by the deadline.
4-H Horse levels written testing goes virtual: update 5/29/20
Please study before requesting a written test. The Study Guides posted online will help you prepare for the test. To request a written test, please contact Brenda Kwang. Specify which written level you would like to test and when you plan to take it. We will send you your link and password to take your test. You will see your 4-H Horse level test results upon completion. You may take the test multiple times to achieve a score of 80% or higher. Please plan to complete your written test within a few days of receiving the link.
4-H Horse Levels Virtual Riding Test Guidelines
County 4-H organized riding levels tests may be virtual or recorded via video. Providing the following criteria is met. The 4-H Agent must find an appropriate 4-H Horse levels rater from the list on the website at Colorado 4-H Horse Levels Testing to evaluate virtual or video riding tests.
The 4-H Agent is to be included on all emails regarding the video or virtual evaluation. The 4-H Agent, members parents or a designated 4-H volunteer should be on calls or video sessions between members and raters. This will avoid one on one instances between youth and raters. Also, the member(s), volunteer(s) and rater(s) must follow all CSU, State 4-H, Local, State and Federal Covid-19 no face to face and social distancing guidelines.
4-H Horse Advancement Level Program Guidelines
Background of the Program:
The Advancement Levels program is a logical step-by-step guide to teach youth horsemanship and horse care. The Advancement Level chapter in the 4-H Horse Member’s Manual serves as a leader’s and member’s guide. This chapter explains the basics of the Levels program.
Safety and proper basics are stressed throughout the Levels program. The skills learned in the beginning levels are reflected in properly mastering the more advanced levels. A solid and consistent foundation is extremely important.
It should be recognized that not every youth will want to master all levels. However, it should be realized that the first two levels teach the basics of horse safety, care and riding for general pleasure and performance. It is therefore encouraged that all members participate in at least Levels I and II. Level III is for the serious horse person and Level IV is for the youth that is interested in a career in the equine industry or is very serious about his/her riding and training.
The Advancement Level program is a teaching guide which combines many aspects of horsemanship and horse care. The 4-H levels program is designed to apply to Western, Working Ranch Horse and all disciplines within the English division (Hunter Seat, Saddle Seat and Dressage Seat).
All youth being at level one and must master level one, either Western and/or English, before moving on to level two. English and Western are kept in two separate paths. Master Western I and II and you can move on to Western III (then Western IV) and/or Ranch Horse II (then Ranch III, then Ranch IV). Master English I and II and you can move on to Hunter Seat III (then Hunter Seat IV), and/or Saddle Seat III (then Saddle Seat IV), and/or Dressage Seat III (then Dressage Seat IV).
Find a list of approved raters, study guides for the written test, and copies of the riding tests at Colorado 4-H Horse Levels. It is recommended to review the Written Test Study Guide and Riding Test Outline prior to testing.
Interested in Being a Levels Rater?
To become a levels rater, individuals must complete the rater training and re-certify every three years to continue rating. Trainings include a general introduction to the program followed by discipline specific sessions. Raters may become certified any level or any discipline with which they have a base knowledge and may perform ratings for only those levels/disciplines with which they are certified. See below for up and coming trainings…
4-H Horse Competitive Teams
You do not need to be enrolled in a horse project to participate. All 4-H ages are welcome, experience not required!
- Boulder County Hippology – Coach: Donna Pattee at 303-482-7581
- Boulder County Horse Bowl – Coach: Carmen Porter at 303-885-5702
- Boulder County Horse Judging – Coach: Rachel LeClere at 720-936-6408 and Kendra McConnell at 303-956-2885
Dressage Tests –
- Level 1 – Fair class # 16 — 2018 USEF Training Level Test 1
- Level 2 – Fair class #15 — 2018 USEF First Level Test 1
- Level 3/4 – Fair Class # 14 — 2018 USEF Second Level Test 1
- Level 1 – Fair Class # 13 — WDAA Basic Level Test 4
- Level 2 – Fair class # 12 — WDAA Level 1, Test 2
- Level 3/4 -Fair Class #11 — WDAA Level 2, Test 3
2020 – 21 Horse Program Rules
- Horse Project & Show Rules
- Driving Rules
- Safety Rules
- Freestyle Reining Rules
- High Point Flyer – High Point Award Rules
Boulder County 4-H Horse Leaders Council
The HLC is a nonprofit organization for the purpose of promoting education by coordinating 4-H horse activities to obtain the maximum benefit of the horse for developing youth. This committee serves in an advisory capacity to the Boulder County Extension office for the 4-H Horse Program.
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