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.
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.
- PNW0587 4-H Horse Project Member Manual
- Pacific Northwest 4-H Horse Contest Guide
- EM2790 4-H Horse Member Advancement Checklist
- EM4869 4-H Horse Program Member Advancement Leader Guide
- PNW575 4-H Horse Judging Manual
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.
Horse Project Resources – WSU Extension 4-H Youth Development Program
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.
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.)
More Scholarship Opportunities Learn more about various college scholarships available to 4-H members.