NC 4-H Horse Program Newsletter

Volume 7, Issue 3 May 2021
Contest Results
2021 Virtual Horsebowl Results

The North Carolina 4-H Horse Program hosted its first-ever virtual Horsebowl Challenge on March 13, 2021. Ninety-nine youth representing twenty-six counties competed in four different divisions: Junior, Junior Rookie, Senior, and Senior Rookie.

Junior Rookie
Champion: Ella Weaver (Forsyth)
Reserve Champion: Gregory Tice (Rutherford)

Senior Rookie
Champion: Molly Shell (Avery)
Reserve Champion: Graham Zeiders (Halifax)

Champion: Saona Wilcox (Alamance)
Reserve Champion: Bryleigh Colbert (Nash)

Champion: Hannah Williams (Union)
Reserve Champion: Madison Noblin (Wake)

All-Around County High Point
  1. Wake
  2. Nash
  3. Union

2021 Virtual Hippology Results

The 2021 NC 4-H State Virtual Hippology Contest took place on March 13, 2021. Contestants navigated an exam, slide IDs, and judging classes in an online platform. Senior and junior contestants also completed 10 stations. Six Senior Rookies and 17 Junior Rookies competed in the event for the first time! In the senior division, there were 57 contestants and 11 teams. The junior division had 25 contestants and 2 teams.

  • Zach Garber (Union)
  • Toot McCauley (Cumberland)
  • Tristan Irby (Halifax)
  • Delaney Murnan (Harnett)
  • Anna Grace Morgan (Harnett)

Junior Rookie
Champion: Laurel Evens (Harnett)
Reserve Champion: Haley Matthis (Sampson)

Senior Rookie
Champion: Molly Shell (Avery)
Reserve Champion: Graham Zeiders (Halifax)

Champion: Saona Wilcox (Alamance)
Reserve Champion: Bryleigh Colbert (Nash)

Champion Junior Team:
Halifax, coached by Beth Burchell & Jodie Knight
Team Members Include:
  • Mackenzie Hubbard
  • Colton Irby
  • Cassidy Conwell

Champion: Hannah Williams (Union)
Reserve Champion: Madison Noblin (Wake)

Champion Senior Team:
Wake, coached by Beth Morgan
Team Members Include:
  • Madie Noblin
  • Annie Winter
  • Grace Munsell
  • Anna Ross Carmichael

2021 Judging Results

The 2021 NC State 4-H Horse Judging Contest was the first face-to-face event the NC 4-H Horse Program has held in over a year! We appreciate everyone’s cooperation and being so helpful and following all the COVID protocols for the event. We also are extremely grateful to the staff and students of the Saint Andrews University Equestrian Center for serving as the hosts for the contest. The classes and facilities they provided for us were top-notch.

  • Andi Setser (Macon)
  • Zachary Garber (Union)

Junior Rookie
Champion: Ella Weaver (Forsyth)
Reserve Champion: Cassidy Conwell (Halifax)

Senior Rookie
Champion: Andie Nielsen (Halifax)
Reserve Champion: Samantha Durham (Chatham)

Champion: Saona Wilcox (Alamance)
Reserve Champion: Bryleigh Colbert (Nash)

Champion Junior Team:
Union, coached by Samantha Taylor
Team Members Included:
  • Addison Taylor
  • Shelby Taylor
  • Aubrey Porter
  • Emery Atkinson

Champion: Abi Burgess (Alamance)
Reserve Champion: Allee Coble (Alaa

Champion Senior Team:
Union, coached by Samantha Taylor
Team Members Included:
  • Hannah Ford
  • Hannah Williams
  • Charlize Colon
  • Olivia Hill

NC State 4-H Horse Judging Virtual Academy OPEN!

NC 4-H'ers, coaches, leaders, and parents are invited to register for the NC 4-H Virtual Horse Judging Academy. This is a set of online, self-paced modules that focus on how to prepare for horse judging contests. How to organize and deliver oral reasons will be covered, along with multiple example sets of oral reasons that are delivered by former horse judging team members. In addition, there are several practice classes and presentations on how to judge Halter, Hunter Under Saddle, Western Pleasure, Ranch Riding, Gaited Pleasure, and Country English Pleasure.

The cost to register is $15. These modules will be open and available for review until December 31, 2021. You can access the page as frequently as you wish. Registered 4-H'ers that wish to compete in the April 10 State 4-H Horse Judging Contest will not have to pay a registration fee to compete in the contest (a registration form will still need to be submitted).

When you register you will also have the option, at an additional fee of $6, to have a copy of the new NC 4-H Horse Program Horse Judging Manual sent to the address provided! This manual has been updated for 2021 and contains details on notetaking, criteria for judging and scoring classes, organizing reasons, terminology, and sample sets of reasons. This resource is designed to be helpful to both coaches and contestants at all levels.

To obtain the registration details, please complete this form.
State Show Information
Become a Sponsor or Vendor with the State 4-H Horse Show!

The 2021 State 4-H Horse Show will offer 162 classes in 21 show divisions, to be held over a 5 day period. On Friday, July 9, the NC State 4-H Horse Show will continue to include an Opening Ceremony and Versatility Class. Now more than ever, we need sponsors like you to help support this event to ensure the growth of the Horse Program so that our youth will have the opportunities it offers for years to come. We greatly appreciate your generosity and would like to offer some recognition for you as well! Please visit this link to find out more information about becoming a sponsor of the NC State 4-H Horse Show.

2017 Division Winners:
Pasquotank County,
Blue Ribbon Riders
An Under the Sea Adventure at the NC 4-H Horse Show

The 2021 NC State 4-H Horse Show will hold a stall decorating contest for the fourth time! The online entry form must be completed by June 30, indicating the stall numbers to be judged within a county delegation. The entire delegation does not have to participate. There will be a small, medium, and large division (based on the number of stalls in the group). The breakdown within divisions will be announced after entries have been received.

Stalls must be ready to be judged on Friday morning (July 9) at 8:00 a.m. and the winners will be announced at the opening ceremonies Friday night. Decorations should remain up through noon on Saturday.

Decorating Theme: Under the Sea

Judging Criteria:
  • 40% Neatness & Eye Appeal
  • Eye-catching design and visual appeal
  • 30% Originality & Creativity
  • Exceptional use of creative ideas and originality to the design
  • 30% Craftsmanship
  • Well-constructed and neat materials

2019 Candace Norman Youth Winner:
Averi Sievert, Franklin County
2021 Candace Norman Award Application

Applications are now being accepted for the 2021 Candace Norman Outstanding Service Award. Two winners, youth and adult, will be selected.

The selection process will focus strongly on the nominee who exhibits true dedication and embodies all the characteristics and morals of 4-H:

A well-rounded person who strives to make the community a better place through example and leadership. We feel that this reflects the lifelong commitment Candace made to our program and will encourage youth to continue striving for major accomplishments through setting and achieving goals. Candace was a role model for so many 4-H participants, adult volunteers, and associates, and the future of our program is dependent on more people being likewise dedicated. This award is displayed at the Hunt Horse Complex (North Carolina State Fairgrounds in Raleigh), where Candace spent countless hours over the years working in the show office.

The 2021 winners will be announced on July 10, 2021, during the evening program, at the North Carolina State 4-H Horse Show in Raleigh.

2021 Southern Regional 4-H Horse Championships, July 29-August 1st

In accordance with 4-H Horse Program rules, the top seventy horses and exhibitors will be eligible to compete at the Southern Regional 4-H Horse Championships in Perry, Georgia on July 29-August 1, 2021.

Deadline to Enter for 2021:
  • 12:00PM(Noon) on Sunday, July 11th, 2021 at the State 4-H Horse Show Office


All 4-H members, regardless of participation at the State Show, including points earned, are eligible and encouraged to enter the Southern Regional 4-H Horse Show and must do so by the 12 noon deadline whether they have or have not finished showing. Southern Regional entry forms will be placed in exhibitor packets at the NC State 4-H Horse Show. 

Interested in Roping?

  • Representative must submit a letter requesting consideration to the NC State 4-H Horse Program office BEFORE the State 4-H Horse Show.
  • Individuals can submit their letter via email to

Hotel Rooms & Booking
  • Use the NC Exhibitor's Rate at Best Western
  • 205 Lect Drive Perry, Georgia 31069
  • PH# 478-218-5200
  • NC exhibitors must call the hotel and ask for the NC exhibitor’s rate to get the discounted rate
  • Rates:
  • Standard: King & 2 queens $87.99
  • 1 Room Suites: King & 2 queens $104.99
  • 2 Room Suites: King & 2 queens $114.99.

Upcoming Contests
2020 Natures Beauty, Junior Divison
2nd Place, Olivia Stegall, Union
Dr. Kim Ingold NC 4-H Photo Contest

In addition to the NC 4-H Horse Program Artistic Expression Contest photo contest, NC 4-H holds a photography contest. There is a new category for 2021 titled "My Best Friend." Here is another chance to showcase those amazing photos you capture of your horses and 4-H friends. For more information, see the contest site linked.

NC 4-H Horse Program Creative Writing & Artistic Expression Contest

Registration is now being accepted for the 2021 NC 4-H Horse Program Artistic Expression and Creative Writing Contests! The online registration can be found in NC 4-H Online 2.0, and the deadline to enter is June 15. 

Creative Writing
  • Submitted by June 15th

Artistic Expression
  • Submitted on July 9th from 10AM to 4 PM
  • Where?
  • Dining room of the James B. Hunt Horse Complex in Raleigh at the State 4-H Horse show!

Entries will be judged beginning at 5:00 PM.
Exhibits will be on display on July 10 from 10-4 and projects and awards can be picked up starting at 4:00 on Saturday afternoon.

To register, click here! For more information, you can find it here.
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
2021 Rules & Regulations Manual

The NC 4-H Horse Program Rules and Regulations Manual has been updated and reflects all the new rules and updates for the 2021 season. If you plan to show or enter any educational contests, please be sure to review all the rules for your particular division or contest.

Rule changes and additions are highlighted yellow for your convenience.
St. Andrews University Veterinary Science Summer Camp
Click the link below to register:
To participate, students must complete an application, submit transcripts, and have a letter of recommendation. Deadline to participate:
Session one – (June 20-26th) deadline is May 15th
Session two – (July 11-17th) deadline is June 15th
This summer, St. Andrews University will hosts a Summer Camp designed for students who are interested in Veterinary Studies! The first session will be held June 20-26 and the second session will be held July 11-17, 2021 at our beautiful lakeside campus in Laurinburg, North Carolina. Rising Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors in High School may apply to participate in this 6-day camp. This camp is designed for students who are considering future undergraduate and graduate courses of study and careers in Veterinary Science and Biology. Students will be living in Campus Residence Halls for the program and will work alongside In-Residence Veterinarian Dr. Laura Kellam. Students will have daily lectures, experience in our 20,000 square foot open science lab, and work hands-on with Equine patients at our 300+ acre university Equestrian Center. Students will dive deep into lecture topics on Equine Dentistry, Cardiology, Ophthalmology, and Equine Health and Wellness. Students will also have a chance to visit the Asheboro Zoo and local farms as part of the program as well. Upon completion of the program, students will earn a certificate showing over 40 hours of learning from the camp to build their portfolio along with a journal. Housing, meals, trips, and expenses are included in the price of the program. This is a non-riding camp and the cost is $1500 for each student.
Admission to this camp is competitive, and spaces are limited. 
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 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!
Carly Williams

Carly is a current member of 4-H, who joined 4-H in 2018 where she has remained a member of the Hilltoppers 4-H Club in Orange County.

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

I have competed in the District and State 4-H horse shows and have also entered into the artistic expression contest.

What are your favorite memories from 4-H?

My favorite memories are from the State 4-H horse shows and the yearly 4-H Christmas parties with our club. I also have many great memories from service projects our 4-H group has done, including fundraisers and Trunk or Treat.

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

During 2020 I started my own business! My company is called GoodHorse Treat Co. I began making all natural, beautiful, made to order horse treats through Etsy. I wasn't sure how successful it was going to be, but within the first few weeks I had orders coming in left and right! I love being able to make horse treats for people all over the country and enjoy being able to see videos of their ponies enjoying their snacks. I was able to create my own business name, logo, packaging, labels, and photos for my Etsy site. I learned about the cost of doing business, profit, shipping, recipe improvements, customer service, and time management. I never would have thought GoodHorse would get to where it is now, but I have been so lucky to have the help of my friends and family to get a kickstart to my business.

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

I enjoy riding for my barn's IEA Team. In IEA, you travel to different barns and ride their horses. You draw a horse's name out of a hat and that is the horse that you compete on for that event. It is a lot of fun and it has helped me to become a better rider by learning how to ride different horses. It's also fun to travel and be with your teammates.
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