NC 4-H Horse Program Newsletter

Volume 7, Issue 1 January 2021
Upcoming Educational Contests
NC 4-H Horse Program Educational Event & Horse Show Sponsors Needed!

As we prepare for the 2021 contest and show season, the NC 4-H Horse Program is seeking donors to support the six different educational contests and the State 4-H Horse Show. For more details, and to make a contribution, please use the forms linked below. Sponsorships can be paid via check or online using the link in the payment information section on the forms.

Virtual Horsebowl Practice Sessions

NC 4-Hers are invited to participate in virtual horsebowl practices for their age division (Junior Rookie, Junior, Senior Rookie, Senior). These practices are open to everyone so 4-Hers can learn more about horsebowl, practice answering questions, and meet other horse-loving 4-Hers from across the state! Participants will also become comfortable with playing matches in a virtual format, and have a chance to test their internet connection. Youth can sign up for as many of the practices as they wish; please just sign up no later than 9:00 AM the day of the practice.

For more information, to see the practice schedule, and to sign up for the practices, please visit the Horsebowl page on the website.
2021 Virtual Horsebowl Challenge

Due to current COVID-19 restrictions, and the inability of districts to host qualifying events, the 2021 NC 4-H Horsebowl Contest will not be held in person. However, we are pleased to announce that we will be offering a Virtual Horsebowl Challenge on March 13th. The details for this event are outlined below.

  • Junior Rookie (youth ages 8-13 that have never competed in a Horsebowl Contest on the District or State level)
  • Junior (youth ages 8-13)
  • Senior Rookie (youth ages 14-18 that have never competed in a Horsebowl Contest on the District or State level)
  • Senior (youth ages 14-18 that have not competed in national-level horsebowl contests)

More information can be found here. The deadline to register is March 1.
2021 Hippology Contest

Save the date! The 2021 NC State 4-H Hippology contests will be held on March 27th. Depending on COVID restrictions, this event may be held in person at NCSU. If restrictions are in place that prohibit an in-person event, the contest will be moved to an online format and will take place on this same day.

For more information, you can find it on our website, or by following the link: Hippology Contest

Be sure to read the rule updates on the Hippology Contest page on the website. Stations have been added as a new category for 2021!

Further down in the newsletter, be sure to check out our Virtual Hippology Academy that will help prepare you for the contest!
2021 NC State 4-H Judging Contest

Save the Date! The 2021 NC State 4-H Horse Judging Contest will be held April 10. Depending on COVID restrictions, this event may be held in person at St. Andrews. If restrictions are in place that prohibit an in-person event, the contest will be moved to an online format and will take place on this same day. Contestants will give oral reasons via Zoom.

For more information, you can find it on our website, or by following the links below:

4-H Virtual Contest Results

Congratulations to all those who represented North Carolina in the 2021 Virtual Horse Classic Contests hosted by Utah State University. In the Horse Classic High Point, North Carolina placed 5th overall, great job everyone!

Horse Judging | 5th Team Overall
Abi Burgess
Abby Holsomback
Savannah Lindsey
Madison Rosenbaum

Congrats to Savannah for placing 9th overall!

Hippology | 3rd Team Overall
Abi Burgess
Madison Noblin
Raegan Shepherd
Annie Winter

Congrats to Madison for placing 7th overall!

Communications |
Cayden Lowe -- Public Speaking, 3rd place
Kyra Worth -- Demonstration, 1st place
Other Information
2021 Calendar Of Events

To view the most up to date calendar of events, access via the link above. Event dates and locations are all subject to change depending on state and local restrictions and requirements.

Be sure to save the date for 2021 Qualifying Horse Shows:
West- May 1-2 Arden, NC East- May 1-2, Williamston, NC South– May 14-16, Lake Waccamaw, NC North– May 21-23, Raleigh, NC

State 4-H Horse Show: July 7-11, 2021

Eligibility card information and an updated
NC 4-H Horse Program Rules and Regulations Manual will be available in mid-February.
Achievement Awards Program

The NC 4-H Horse Program Achievement Award is an annual application/submission of accomplishments within 4-H, with a specific focus on horse program achievements that is cumulative beginning with the applicant’s first year in the horse program.

There are 4 levels of accomplishment that youth can apply to earn annually. Youth can potentially earn more than level (especially the first year they apply).

Bronze: 150 points, bronze patch
Silver: 300 points, silver patch
Gold: 450 points, gold patch
Emerald: 700 points, embroidered jacket

Applications are due MARCH 1, 2021.

For further information on the new awards program, and the application forms, check it out here.
2021 NC 4-H Horsemanship Camp Canceled

The NC 4-H Camping Program has had to make some difficult decisions regarding overnight summer camps at their 3 facilities for the 2021 season. In the interest of safety, the Camping Program has determined that only traditional 4-H resident camps will be held in a limited capacity this summer. Unfortunately, this means that Horsemanship Camp will not be held during the summer this year. However, we encourage all of our campers to visit Millstone's webpage for information on how they can still participate in resident camp this summer. 

The NC 4-H Horse Program has currently reserved the weekend of September 10-12 at Millstone in hopes that we will be able to hold a weekend horsemanship camp by this time of the year. Please check back to this page as it will be updated as we get closer to that date.
Virtual Hippology Academy

In the absence of the Youth Training Clinic, we will be launching two virtual academies to assist both
4-Hers and coaches in preparing for Hippology and Horse Judging. The Hippology Academy will open on February 1st.

There is a registration fee of $15.00, and it is only open to North Carolina 4-H'ers and coaches. IF YOUTH SIGN UP FOR THE HIPPOLOGY ACADEMY, THEIR ENTRY FEE FOR THE 2021 HIPPOLOGY CONTEST IS WAIVED!

When the link to sign up for the academy is available, it will be available on the Hippology Contest webpage.
Virtual Horse Judging Academy Coming Soon!
The Horse Judging Academy will feature videos and presentations to help prepare youth for judging contests and oral reasons! Keep checking social media and the Horse Judging Contest webpage for the release date and registration link!
Open Horse Show Judges' Academy Now Available

This virtual academy is designed to provide the open horse show judge, or those studying to become an open horse show judge, with additional learning resources through a virtual platform through a variety of disciplines. Each section will have recorded lectures from a variety of experienced judges and instructors that you can view as many times as you desire. Each section will also have practice classes that you can place on your own, followed by an official placing and reasons for that placing. There are also additional quiz sections to test your knowledge of each section. No grades are assigned for the completion of this course; these quizzes are intended as an additional educational tool to help you retain the material.

Modules Featured:

Halter/Conformation – All disciplines 
Western- Western Pleasure, Ranch Riding 
Hunter- Equitation Over Fences, Stock Type & USEF Hunter Under Saddle 
Saddle Seat- Hunter Pleasure, Western Pleasure, Country English Pleasure, Show Hack
Gaited- How to judge all types of gaited together

Cost of registration: $50

This course is open and will remain open until October 20, 2021. Click here to register.
4-H Academic Scholarships
Attention High School Seniors:
State 4-H Scholarships are due February 1, 2021 – State 4-H Deadline – (Check with your county for county deadline). There are several scholarships specifically for 4-H Horse Program participants:
  • Dr. Bob Mowrey Extension 4-H Horse Program Scholarship
  • NC 4-H Horse Program Scholarship (2)
  • North Central District 4-H Horse Council Scholarship (2)
  • Edward H. Leagans 4-H Equine Scholarship
For more information and the application visit the NC 4-H Awards page.
4-H Spotlight
We have so many amazing current and former 4-H'ers in the North Carolina Horse Program! What better way to showcase all the great things that they're doing across the state, than to highlight them in the monthly newsletter. If you would like to be featured in our newsletter, please click here to fill out a short survey!
Michaela Vick

Michaela is an alumnus of 4-H, who joined 4-H in 2005. She was active until she aged out in 2018, after that she was a student worker in the State 4-H office from 2019-2020. Michaela graduated from NCSU in December 2020, with a degree in Animal Science. We are going to miss having her (and all her practical jokes) in the office! Michaela is currently job hunting, but we know that no matter where life takes her, 4-H and the horse program will always follow her. We can’t wait to have her back as a leader, coach, and volunteer!

What activities, events, or contests did/have you participate(d) in?

I competed in all of the Horse Program Educational Events: Horsebowl, Hippology, and Horse Judging. In addition, I also did livestock projects and judging, poultry judging, presentations, public speaking contests, and
4-H Horse Shows.

What are your favorite memories from 4-H?

Traveling for the National contests are my favorite memories, in particular, Cattleman's Steakhouse is at the top of the list.

Please describe a particular horse program accomplishment that you are most proud of:

In my last year as a 4-Her, I won the Senior Western Horse High Point award at the State
4-H Horse Show in 2018. It was great to win this award with a horse that I trained myself and had really built a partnership with.

Please describe something non-horse or
non-4-H related that you enjoy doing or in which you have experienced success.

I enjoy traveling! I had the opportunity to travel to London last spring, pre-COVID, with my Mom. I love getting to see the world and spend time exploring new places. I can't wait for our next trip overseas, hopefully to France this time!
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