Visit our Colorado State Extension office for more news, tools and resources.

Close Icon
The Extension office provides assistance and programs for the community without discrimination in five main areas: Agriculture, Horticulture, Family & Consumer Science, Natural Resources and 4-H Youth Programs.

Horse   arrow

About the Horse Project

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

Boulder County Fair Horse Project Superintendent
Kim Madsen ~
HLC President
Kelly Thomas ~

Donations for the Horse Program

Interested in donating to the Boulder County Horse Program? The 2022 Donation form is now available!

Boulder County Horse Donation Form

Upcoming Shows and Clinics

Record Books / e-records

4-H Record Books are also called e-Records. Each project has its own record book that members are required to complete each year. Record books have a few times to be checked on progress throughout the year:

1. June- your 4-H leader will be sure your books are started and up to date.

2. Prior to showing at the Boulder County Fair, your record books will be checked by your superintendent to be sure they are up to date and complete as can be in order to participate and show at the fair.

3. Final livestock record books are due to be received at the Extension office by the second Friday in September. (Please note: your 4-H leader may need an earlier deadline for review and signatures.)

Horse ID on 4-H Online

Deadline: Last Friday in April (April 29, 2022)

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

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

Please study before requesting a written test.  The Study Guides posted online will help you prepare for the test. Written tests are taken at the Boulder County Extension office (4-H office), please use this link to select a day/time to take your written test. contact Jeannie Torres for questions. You may take the test multiple times to achieve a score of 80% or higher. You cannot take the test twice in one day.  

4-H Horse Advancement Level Program Guidelines

Horse Project Member – Advancement Levels List

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…

Horse Volunteer Rater Training September 23-25 2022

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 ~ 303-482-7581
  • Boulder County Horse Bowl – Coach: Carmen Porter ~ 303-885-5702
  • Boulder County Horse Judging – Coach: Rachel LeClere ~ 720-936-6408 & Kendra McConnell ~ 303-956-2885

2022 – 23 Horse Program 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.

Patterns for Boulder County Fair Horse Show can be Found Here:

Horses Available

No listings at this time.