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4-H Horse

Whether a first-time showman, an equine veteran, or just have a passion for horses with no previous experience, the 4-H Horse Project provides amazing opportunities for youth in 4th-12th grade on all levels to learn about the horse both inside and outside of the show arena as well as connect with our versatile equine community. We are committed to introducing all aspects of the horse by offering Hippology, Horse Judging, Horse Shows, and other unique equine events and clinics.

Free to join but some events have fees.

Learning Opportunities

Our project hosts Hippology, or horse science, lessons Monday evenings, October-February. You will learn about horse anatomy, care, nutrition, and equipment. We have a county, regional and state contest where you are tested on your knowledge and compete against other 4-Hers. It’s a fun way to learn about horses with all your horsey friends!

Do you own your own horse or hope to in the future? Horse Judging gives you practical knowledge on ideal features for various breeds and how to judge them in relation to other horses within that breed. You will also learn how to evaluate horses based on conformation and performance. Horse Judging lessons are offered February-March. Contests are held March-June where 4-H members can compete using their judging skills in a live setting.

County Horse Show: Traditionally held the second weekend in May at the Williamson County Ag Expo Center, this show offers dressage, hunt seat, western, trail, showmanship classes, and MORE! Great opportunity for your first time in the show ring or if you’re the seasoned rider.

Regional Horse Show: this show is held the beginning of June at MTSU’s Miller Coliseum in Murfreesboro.

State Horse Show: Held mid-June in Shelbyville. Must participate in Regional Show to enter.

Email Christy Beattie, cbeatti2@utk.edu for more information on horse shows.

Every Project year includes different events designed to expose our 4-H members to various equine talents in our community. Such events include: horsemanship clinics, winter camp, polo lessons, driving demonstrations, fun shows, trail rides, and more!

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Christy Beattie

Christy Beattie
4-H Educator

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