Horse Show Rules
The New England 4-H Horse Show Rules and Guidelines and the New Hampshire Supplement to the New England 4-H Horse Show Rules and Guidelines for specific rules on classes, equipment, etc.
Please note: The New England 4-H Horse Show Rules and Guidelines has recently been updated (April 2013). The New Hampshire Supplement to the New England 4-H Horse Show Rules and Guidelines has not been updated to reflect these changes.
- NH Supplement to the New England 4-H Horse Show Rules and Guidelines
- New England 4-H Horse Show Rules and Guidelines
- New England 4-H Horse Show Rules Sample Forms
- New England 4-H Horse Medication Form
- New England 4-H Horse Guidelines for Bits
Members are expected to care for their animals by themselves or with the help of other competing members. Adults may help load and unload, and help members on arrival by stacking hay, bringing equipment to the stable area and similar jobs until 3:00 p.m. on Friday, July 19. Tack and feed rooms and decorations may be set up with assistance from adults prior to the start of the show. No adult is allowed to assist with the preparation of any horse. Members receiving outside assistance in caring for an animal or preparing it for a class will be disqualified after one warning from the superintendent. Stable managers may assist a rider by holding their horse while the rider does the work. Exhibitors may assist each other in the holding area before a class, if needed.
The use of Basic Safety Procedures is mandatory for all counties. The following will apply:
- No smoking in barns.
- Fire lanes will remain clear at all times.
- All county delegations will have fire buckets or fire extinguisher readily available.
- Equipment will be stored properly.
- Horses are not to be left unattended with stall doors open.
- All 4-H youth exhibitors are required to wear a properly fitted equestrian helmet which carries ASTM/SEI approval with secured chin harness properly fastened at all times when mounted on an equine or in a vehicle being pulled by one or more equines.
Stabling, Tying, and Showing from Trailers
Horses must be stabled in barns for the night unless otherwise approved by the Show Committee. Grooming and spot washing only may be done outside with horse held. No full body washing allowed on grounds. Horses must not be left unattended. Tying to or showing from trailers is not permitted. No turnout.
Leaving Grounds Policy
Exhibitors and stable managers cannot leave the grounds during the show unless permission is granted by the Show Committee. Permission will be granted only if the departure is necessary as a result of a medical or other emergency involving the exhibitor, stable manager, or horse. Exhibitors and stable managers leaving without permission or leaving before release form is signed by the show secretary will forfeit his/her right to go to Eastern States Exposition. Horses may be released after their last class on Sunday.
Exhibitors and stable managers will not be released until the conclusion of the Awards Ceremony on Sunday. Exhibitors and stable managers will not be excused until they have obtained a release from the county chaperone and their camping/sleeping areas are clean and all payments are settled with the shavings supplier. All animals must be off the grounds Sunday night. Those staying in the dorm must check into the dorm on Friday and MUST BE CHECKED OUT OF THE DORM BY NOON SUNDAY. If a dorm resident leaves the area unclean (as determined by the head chaperone at 12 noon) that individual and all others from their county listed as staying in the dorm will lose 10 points off their show score.
Health Requirements for Horses
Vaccinations for Eastern Equine Encephalitis (sleeping sickness), and tetanus, are highly recommended. Upon recommendation of the state veterinarian, all horses must have a current vaccination for rabies given at least 30 days and not more than 1 year prior to the show. Horses stabled outside New Hampshire must conform to entry and health regulations as required by current New Hampshire law. A veterinarian health certificate signed by an accredited veterinarian and a valid negative AGID (Coggins) test conducted within 6 months prior to entry must be presented.
EMT Services will be provided by Deerfield Rescue.