4-H Equine Program

Program Contact: Jeannie Kiehn, 4-H Program Coordinator
(509) 754-2011 • jmkiehn@wsu.edu

Welcome to the 4-H Equine Program where the horse project provides a vehicle for your children to gain life skills to become a productive citizen.


There are 3 official Horse Projects

  • Horseless Horse
  • Beginning Horsemanship
  • Horsemanship, Management and Care

Members must be 8 years old or older to enroll in “Beginning Horsemanship” and/or “Horsemanship, Management and Care.”  Members 5 to 18 years old may enroll in the “horseless horse” project.

All 4-H horse clubs and 4-H horse members must host one summer 4-H equine activity as well as ride their project horse at a 4-H equine activity to be eligible to participate in the Grant County Fair.

4-H Horse Committee Minutes

Recommended Publications for 4-H Horse Projects

Many of these publications can be downloaded free or they can be ordered at the Extension Online Store.

Often Requested:

  • Washington State 4-H Fair Western Games Section2017 Times For Ribbon Placings & 2016 Record Times
  • Horse/Rider Proficiency Certificate Download
  • Light Horse Chart (C0015) Download
  • Practice Hippology Questions Download
  • 4-H Horse Certificate (C0233) Download
    • Certificates can be completed in three easy steps:
      1. Complete one certificate (with required pictures) per horse you plan on using in your project.
      2. Make three copies and take to the Extension Office for a signature.
      3. Give one signed copy to the Extension Office (through your leader), one signed copy to your leader, and keep one for your own use at 4-H functions.

Relevant Links

Equine Project Resources – WSU Extension 4-H Youth Development Program

4-H Youth – Projects and Publications – Animals – Equine

Horse Project Events – 4-H Horse Bowl, State Hippology Contest, etc.

National 4-H Horse Curriculum – These horse manuals provide an interactive curriculum for youth that is hands on and grounded solidly in subject matter. With the addition of new content to the series, youth will be able to develop life skills while exploring horse science.  (Interactive hands on curriculum for youth Grades 3 through 12 and a helper’s guide for adult and teen leaders.)

My Horse University & eXtension is an interactive learning environment delivering the best, most researched knowledge from the smartest land-grant university minds across America. My Horse University is a national online program based at Michigan State University in partnership with the Equine Network and eXtension’s HorseQuest. Also visit eXtension’s HorseQuest section www.extension.org/horses for webcasts, videos, articles and links to resources. You can also subscribe to an “e-Tips” electronic newsletter for horse owners and enthusiasts, featuring a question of the month, photo of the month, monthly e-Tips on nutrition, grooming, feeding, as well as information on new equine-related learning lessons. Links to Archived Webcasts are available at http://www.myhorseuniversity.com/resources/webcasts/archived


The Race For Education offers scholarships to young people in the equine and agriculture industry. (The Washington State Thoroughbred Foundation Scholarship is available to Washington state residents from any background wishing to pursue a career in the equine industry.)  For more information and to view other offered scholarships see the WSU Grant-Adams Area Extension 4-H Youth Development Scholarships Page.