The New Hampshire 4-H Horse Judging Contest is a state-level contest offered to New Hampshire 4-H youth, ages 8 and up. Horse judging is a two-part contest: the first part is when contestants judge in hand or halter classes and performance (riding/driving) classes. The second part of the contest is either a knowledge based contest, when you take a 10 question quiz based on the classes you judged in the first part, or a communicatins based contest, when you present oral reasons on why you placed the horses you placed in the first part of the contest. You do not need to have a horse to get involved in horse judging! For more information on how to get involved in your local county 4-H horse program (or other county's programs), please contact your county UNH Cooperative Extension 4-H Program Coordinator. The contact information for your county UNH Cooperative Extension office can be found by clicking here.
The New Hampshire 4-H Horse Judging Contest serves as a selection event for the New Hampshire 4-H Horse Judging state team. The top eight senior individuals will be offered further training to prepare for the Regional and National Contests. For more information on this years New Hampshire 4-H Horse Judging state team check out the New Hampshire 4-H National Horse Team page. For more information on the New England Regional 4-H Horse Contest or the Eastern National 4-H Horse Round Up, click their links.
Additional Horse Judging Resources
Pacific Northwest 4-H Horse Judging Manual; Connecticut 4-H Horse Judging Guide; Oklahoma State 4-H Horse Judging Guide; University of Arkansas Halter Judging; University of Kentucky Horse Judging Manual
The New Hampshire 4-H Horse Judging Program is generously supported by the 4-H Foundation of New Hampshire.
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