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4-H Horse Events

Program Contact: Jenny W. Loyd, 4-H Program Coordinator
(509) 574-1600 •

Date Activity Contact
 January 23 Introduction to Horse Bowl and State Hippology Contest
 May 6-7 Horse Bowl and State Hippology Contest
 June22-25 Washington State Junior Horse Show Grant County Fairgrounds, more information to come later


Equine Study Sessions 

Event by NYS 4-H Horse Program


Session Length: 1 hr 30 min

Who Can Attend: General Public  · Anyone on or off Facebook

Registration is required by January 6th, 2023: 

Direct Registration Link:

Facebook Event Page Link:

These sessions will be on Zoom with our NYS 4-H Educational Horse event coaches! You can pick what sessions you want to attend, or you can attend all of them, which we suggest! Registration is required by January 6th and the Zoom link will be the same link used for each session.

Session Schedule:
January 9th at 6pm: Horse Bowl
January 16th at 9am: What is Horse Communications?
January 16th at 2pm: Tips for Advancing Your Horse Communications Speech (featuring a panelist of state presentation judges)
January 30th at 7pm: Hippology
February 1st at 7pm: Hippology sessions number 2
February 8th at 7pm: Horse Judging oral reasons
February 15th at 7pm: Horse Judging Conformation
February 22nd at 7pm: Horse Judging Performance

Save the Date! State Horse Bowl and State Hippology May 6-7, 2023

The 2023 WA State 4-H Horse Bowl Contest and WA State 4-H Hippology Contest will be held over the first weekend in May at the Grant County Fairgrounds in Moses Lake. Horse Bowl will be on Saturday, May 6 and Hippology will be on Sunday, May 7. All the details are in the registration packets, available below.

2023 Horse Bowl Registration Packet

2023 Hippology Contest Registration Packet

We hope 4-H members will try both!!The list of sources that state contest questions and materials will be drawn from has been condensed to those are that free and/or easily accessible in hopes that addressing accessibility challenges will increase participation in state equine knowledge contests. These sources are free downloads from our WA State 4-H website:


And one additional source, available for purchase or digital rental:

  • Equine Science by Jean T. Griffiths

We are hosting an Introduction to Horse Bowl and Hippology on January 23rd at 6:30 pm via Zoom for all 4-H members and adults who want to learn about the contests. Come have your questions answered and maybe start contests in your county!! Register to join us here:

Having a county hippology program is not a requirement of registration for the state hippology contest. Recognizing that a county may have only one or two interested, eligible members, the following provision is provided:

  • A county may combine with another county (or multiple counties) to form a team. If unable to coordinate with another county, you may register your county’s interested members as individuals. The contest coordinator will form catch teams, if possible, and notify you. If impossible to form a catch team, individuals may compete independently in all phases except team problem solving. All contestants are eligible for overall individual awards.
  • To provide additional support, a Prepare for State Hippology Zoom is scheduled for Sunday, March 26, 2 to 3:30 pm. All 4-H members are welcome to join, from those who are definitely planning to compete to those who aren’t quite sure yet. Come learn about the competition so you can feel prepared to do your best! Supporting adults are very welcome! Register in advance for this meeting: