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Welcome to the Horse page! Here you’ll find activities, curriculum, and resources specific to the Horse project.

Horse projects are available to our Junior, Intermediate, and Senior 4-Hers, with the exception of Horseless Horse, which is for all ages.

Projects available are:

  • Horse
  • Horseless Horse

Curriculum & Resources

WSU Curriculum & Resources

The following resources are  FREE DOWNLOADS unless otherwise indicated.

PNW587 – The 4-H Horse Project
EM4715E – Horses Are Fun: 4-H Horseless Horse Project
EM4842E – Beginning Horsemanship
PNW575 – 4-H Horse Judging Manual
EM2790E – 4-H Horse Advancement Member Guide
EM4869E – 4-H Horse Advancement Program Leader Guide
PNW608 – The 4-H Dressage Manual
PNW229 – The 4-H Driving Manual
PNW488 – Hunt Seat and Jumper Manual
C0015 – Light Horse Chart

The following safety resources are available from WSU Extension Publications unless otherwise indicated. Where applicable, prices are current as of October 1, 2023

EM4849E – Equestrian Safety: A Guide to Promotion of Helmet Use

DVD131 – Every Time…Every Ride…

DVD132 – Ground Handling Horses Safely

MISC581 – Ground Handling Horses Safely Facilitator Guide and Lesson Plan

MISC582 – Equine Awareness Youth Education Program

Resource for Volunteers:
FS240F – A Developmental Framework of 4-H Competition for Volunteers
– Michael Wallace, Extension Specialist

WA State 4-H Equine Policies & Rules
WA 4-H Equine Program Rule Book
  • updated April 2024

Dressage Scoring Rubric

4-H State Fair Reining Pattern 2024 (Seniors)

State Knowledge Contest Rules – updated for 2023-24
State & National Contest Resources, Dates, & Entry Forms
State Contest Rules – updated for 2023-24
State Contest Dates & Locations
  • State 4-H Equine Presentation Contest – February 3, 2024 – Zoom
  • State 4-H Hippology Contest – May 4, 2024 – Grant County Fairground, Moses Lake
  • State 4-H Horse Bowl Contest – May 5, 2024 – Grant County Fairground, Moses Lake
  • State 4-H Horse Judging Contest – State Fair: date published with state fair schedule – Puyallup, WA
  • State Groom Squad Contest – State Fair: date published with state fair schedule – Puyallup, WA
  • State 4-H Contest Save-the-Date Flyer
National Contest Resources

Eastern National 4-H Horse Roundup Contest Information

National 4-H Curriculum

The following curricula are published by National 4-H and are available for purchase at Prices are current as of October 1, 2023.




CO 201 – Horse Science






CO 200 – Horses and Horsemanship





01518Y – Giddy Up and Go
Horse Level 1: Discovering Horses





01519Y – Head, Heart and Hooves
Horse Level 2: Horse Raising





01520Y – Stable Relationships
Horse Level 3: Horse Care





01521Y – Riding the Range
Horse Level 4: Horse Riding





01522Y – Jumping to New Heights
Horse Level 5: Horsemanship





01523F – Horse Project Helper’s Guide
Horse Group Activities


Additional Resources

Record Book Resources

Sample Medal Patterns

Horse Judges

Washington 4-H Horse Judges List (Revised February 2023)





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