NH 4-H Eastern States Youth Working Steer Show Qualifying

Information for NH 4-H members about qualifying for the Big E Youth Working Steer Show.

4-H working steer cart

NH 4-H Members age 12+ have the opportunity to qualify to represent NH at the ESE Youth Working Steer Show (the Big E). The top eight (8) scoring youth will be offered the opportunity to represent New Hampshire at the ESE Youth Working Steer Show. New Hampshire will have three qualifying shows for 4-H Working Steer project members wishing to qualify for the Big E Show. A member must participate in a minimum of two qualifying shows to be eligible for ESE but may participate in all three if desired. An individual’s two highest scores of the three qualifying shows will be combined and averaged to determine their final score. There will be one additional member serving as an alternate on the team. This team member will be given the option to go to ESE with the team, without cattle as the team assistant if they choose to do so.

Each 4-H delegate to the Eastern States Working Steer Show must have successfully pulled 70% of their team’s weight (including the weight of the stone boat), at one of the Qualifying Shows. An individual must complete the course as laid out by the judge in the time allotted to be considered a successful pull.

Only 4-H exhibitors 12 years old and over (by January 1 of current year) with proper Intent to Show forms are eligible for Eastern States Exposition. Novice teamsters, (regardless of age), are not eligible for Eastern States.

Members must bring to each show health papers and appropriate documentation of 4-H project animals (see instructions for Submitting “Intent to Show” through 4hOnline) which have been approved on or before May 1st of the current year. Each project animal must be permanently identified by ear tag or legible tattoo that agrees with the identification listed on the Intent to Show form and the health papers. Identification will be checked the morning of each qualifying show.

2019 Eastern States Exposition Qualifying Packet

Working Steer Mini Fair Entry Packet and Information


Mary Davis
State 4-H Animal Science Program Manager
Assoc Field Specialist
Phone: (603) 862-2188
Office: Cooperative Extension, Kendall Hall Rm 403, Durham, NH 03824