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About the Horse Project

Designed to provide members with an opportunity to handle, care for and ride horses. Learn more from

Links for Quick References:

Horse Program Rules4-H Horse Show Resources (Judges, Score Cards)
Horse Shows and Events CalendarDressage Tests for County Fair
Levels Resources – Riding Tests, Study Guides and RatersHealth Information
Information for Levels RatersHorses Available
Colorado 4-H Horse Project Webpage 
Contest Teams – Hippology, Horse Bowl, Horse JudgingFORMS:
Trail Riding Events and Activities4-H Horse Program Donation Form
Horse Leaders Council 

2019-20 Horse Program Donation Form

Vesicular Stomatitis Virus (VSV) Information (Updated 7-8-19)

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 24, 2020)

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.

Health Information

Rabies in Horses Fact Sheet

Rabies on the Rise Video

Advancement Levels

Horse Project Member – Levels List

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  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. 

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).

Colorado 4-H Horse Levels page

There you will find a list of approved raters, study guides for the written test, and copies of the riding tests. 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 – 2018 Boulder County Fair Horse Show

Classical Dressage

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    

Western Dressage

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

2019-20 Horse Program Rules

Horse Project & Show Rules

Driving Rules

Safety Rules

Freestyle Reining Rules (old rules- 2020 coming soon)

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.

HLC Bylaws (revised November 2019)

High Points Awards and Club Participation Award

Horses Available

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Keeping ahead of COVID-19

This rapidly evolving coronavirus (COVID-19) has imposed an unsettling, fluid situation upon our community and its businesses. While the team here still aims to maintain a “business as usual” approach, we are making a number of significant changes to our operations to account for a situation that is far from normal.