4-H HORSE & PONY
Revised Online 2.8.2021
Project Leaders: Michelle Mulhern & Brian Murphy - 219-863-0336
The 4-H Horse and Pony Project provides youth a fun and hands-on learning experience that develops life skills, as well as teaches valuable information about properly caring for their animal. Subjects such as general management, training, nutrition, housing, and health care are presented in the curricular materials, through workshops and activities such as horse bowl, Hippology and judging, and in preparation of an exhibit. Youth also have the opportunity to develop responsibility, decision-making, nurturing, and communication skills through active participation in the 4-H Horse and Pony Project.
Project Leaders: Michelle Mulhern & Brian Murphy 219-863-0336
- See chart on page 14 of this Insight Book for the 2021 4-H Animal ID Requirements for County ONLY & State Fair, along with deadlines for 4-H Online Enrollment.
- All Check-in and Judging times & dates may be found on the charts on Page 3 of this Insight Book.
Horse & Pony Project Rules
- Horse & Pony Online Animal ID (Due May 15th) All horses and pony MUST be entered at www.4honline.com in order to be exhibited at the Jasper County Fair, and later at the Indiana State Fair if the member chooses. There is no limit to how many horses you can enroll under each member, just keep in mind that only 2 horses maximum will be allowed to be exhibited at fair (some people have several horses to choose from and do not know for sure which 2 they wish to actually exhibit until closer to fair-time). At this stage in the Horse & Pony Online Animal ID, horses can be co-enrolled under more than 1 member AS LONG AS THAT MEMBER IS IN THE SAME IMMEDIATE FAMILY. No horses can be “shared” between different families on the Horse & Pony Online Enrollment. It is a good idea to enroll more than one horse, if possible, in case your horse gets an injury and/or sick prior to the county fair. A picture of each horse registered to www.4honline.com must have a picture uploaded showing all 4 legs and the face. If your horse has markings on both sides of its body, you will want to upload a couple different angled pictures of the same horse.
- Animals must be in the 4-H member’s possession and records started by May 15th. No animal may be substituted or traded for the original animal after May 15th.
- Horse & Pony Lease Agreement (Due May 15th) If you are leasing a horse, an Animal Lease Agreement MUST be completed and a copy MUST be on file with the Extension Office no later than May 15th. If you are exhibiting at the Indiana State Fair, KEEP YOUR ORIGINAL LEASE FORM because they will be requiring that documentation at check-in. Visit our website to download the Animal Lease Form (www.extension.purdue.edu/jasper).
- Jasper County Horse Location Form (Due May 15th) All horses coming to the Jasper County Fair MUST have a “Jasper County Horse Location Form” filled out for them and on file at the Jasper County Extension Office no later than May 15th. This provides helpful information for the Jasper County Fair as far as where each horse is usually located.
- Vaccination Records (Due May 15th) Any horses enrolled to exhibit at the Jasper County Fair and/or Indiana State Fair are REQUIRED to be vaccinated Eastern and Western Equine Encephalomyelitis, Rhinopneumonitis/EHV type 1 and 4, Equine Influenza, Tetanus, Rabies2, AND West Nile Vaccine (NEW FOR 2021). The Horse & Pony Vaccination Form is available at the Extension office or online at www.extension.purdue.edu/jasper 2021 CHANGES FOR H&P VACCINATION FORM: a. All Rabies vaccinations should be accompanied by the signature of the licensed veterinarian, whom administers the vaccine. b. The other additional vaccination requirement for horse and pony is the West Nile Virus, many are already being vaccinated for this through the use of combination vaccine. c. In the recommendation category for Horse and Pony the Oral Exam was added.
- Fair Entry Class Participation (Due July 8th) - Each member must login to www.fairentry.com and select which horse(es) they wish to actually bring to fair along with each class that horse is going to be participating in with that member. At this point, keep in mind that the same horse cannot be shared between more than one 4-H member even when in the same immediate family. For assistance on this process feel free to contact the Jasper County Extension Office (866-5741 or 956-3606 ext. 4961).
- Health Papers & Coggins (Due July 8th) - make sure papers are valid during County Fair dates) If a horse is being hauled in from out of state, it’s required to have current health (within 30 days of the show) and coggins(within 12 months of movement) papers on all horses that include the horse’s registered name. You must bring ORIGINAL papers, and you’ll need the horse’s registration certificate for the horse to be allowed on the grounds. If something should happen to the horse listed on the “Jasper County Horse Location Form” during the county fair and the owner is no where around at the time of the incident, this form will also provide an emergency contact phone number for that horse.
- Horse & Pony Record Sheet (Due July 8th) All members must complete a set of Records FOR EACH HORSE exhibited at the county fair each year. This Record Sheet has information to be filled out including: Horse’s name, age, sex, feeding record, tack supply record, show record, farrier record, and vaccination record. This sheet must be signed off by your 4-H club leader and turned in to your club leader no later than July 8th. (4-H club leaders reserve the right to require an earlier due date for this form for grading purposes). Make sure your sheet is attached in your green 4-H Record Folder.
- Horse & Pony Activity Sheet (Due July 8th) Along with the above mentioned Record Sheet, ALL members must complete a Horse & Pony Activity Sheet for their grade level. This Activity Sheet is to be completed by using your Beginning Horse Management book, provided to each horse & pony family as a shared resource to use from year to year. This sheet must also be signed off by your 4-H club leader and turned in to your club leader no later than July 8th. (4-H club leaders reserve the right to require an earlier due date for this form for grading purposes). Make sure your sheet is attached in your green 4-H Record Folder.
- In all levels, you may choose to exhibit a live animal, and/or a poster on a topic from the Beginning Horse Management manual. If any part of your exhibit is on a poster, it must follow the poster rules stated in the front of the Insight and/or Fair book. It is REQUIRED that all posters, notebooks, and display boards include a reference list indicating where information was obtained, giving credit to the original author, to complete the 4-H member’s exhibit. This reference list should/might include website links, people and professionals interviewed, books, magazines, etc. It is recommended this reference list be attached to the back of a poster or display board, be the last page of a notebook, or included as a part of the display visible to the public. A judge is not to discredit an exhibit for the manner in which references are listed.
- All 4-H members are required to wear a properly fitted ASTM or SEI standard F1163 (or above) certified helmet, whenever mounted, or driving, at any 4-H horse and pony event. The 4-H member is responsible to see that this specified headgear is properly fitted with the approved harness fastened in place whenever mounted. Original tags must be present in all approved helmets. This policy applies to all county, area and state 4-H horse and pony events. Shows and activities.
- No more than one member can show the same horse or pony. Members of the same immediate family may all enroll the same horse, but it may only be exhibited by one 4-H’er
- Any animal exhibited must be owned by the contestant showing the animal, or in partnership with the contestant’s father, mother, brother, sister, grandparent, or guardian; or leased by members who may enter into a partnership agreement with someone outside their family. Only immediate family members (parents/step-parents, grandparents/step-grandparents, siblings/step-siblings, aunts, uncles, and legal guardians) may exhibit the horse in open shows without jeopardizing the 4-H’ers eligibility.
- 4-H Member must have control of their Horse(s) in the show areas AT ALL TIMES.
- Each 4-H member may show only one animal in each class. An unlimited number of animals may be enrolled in May, but each member may show a maximum of two horses at the fair. Mare and foal will count as one.
- No stabled horses or ponies are to be released or removed before the published release time.(check-in is Friday evening or Saturday until 6:00 PM. All horses must be in place by this time.) The only exception to animals leaving the grounds during fair are to be determined by the horse & pony leaders. Arrangements must be made with the horse & pony leaders prior to removing your horse early (horses are released any time after midnight on Friday at the conclusion of fair).
- Additional hair may be added to the horse’s tail ONLY.
- Riding is restricted to the south end of the fairgrounds. Riding is permitted by 4-H Horse and Pony members ONLY; no rides to be given to non-members.
- NO HORSES ARE ALLOWED AT CAMPSITES AT ANY TIME.
- Any animal over 56” will be considered a horse. Animals 56” & under will be in the pony classes. All classes shall be judged by American Horse Show Association rules and/or American Quarter Horse Association rules except when amended by Indiana 4-H Rules. All rules in the Jasper County 4-H Fairbook & Indiana 4-H Horse & Pony Handbook will apply in all cases, unless otherwise stated by the superintendent after consulting with all leaders.
- No stallions are eligible to show except weanlings.
- Brood mares and foals do not compete for champion and reserve champion mare
- Dress Code: 4-H’er MUST FOLLOW rules for ATTIRE listed under each individual class in the 2017 Indiana 4-H Horse & Pony Handbook.
- Upon vote of the majority of horse and pony leaders present at the fair, leaders have the discretion to revise show rules in non-State Fair classes if unsafe conditions exist.
- A minimum of at least one (1) bag of shavings per stall housing a horse is REQUIRED. 4-H’er must clean assigned stall out when leaving fairgrounds on Saturday, or they will not have completed project.
- Professional help is allowed up to and including grooming, but not to include riding and driving, during the week of fair. The only exception to this is when disciplinary action of animal is necessary. Disciplinary action of the animal is allowed when a horse is acting in a manner jeopardizing the safety of the rider. Simply refusing to perform is not a reason for disciplinary action.
- Novice Pleasure and Novice Barrels are only for riders who have not won first place at any county, area or state contest during his/her 4-H career. State Fair Entries: All entry deadlines and information can be found at www.indianastatefair.com
- JUDGES DECISION IS FINAL
Manual: All Grades – Beginning Horse Management Handbook – 4-H 174
- Complete your grade-level Activity Sheet & Horse & Pony Record Sheets
- Attach all completed sheets in your Green Record Folder and turn in to your 4-H Club leader by July 8th
- Junior Division ‑ 4‑H'ers in grades 3-5
- Intermediate Division – 4-H’ers in grades 6-8
- Senior Division ‑ 4‑H'ers in grades 9-12
*Tentative Schedule - Classes may be revised. Check with your Horse & Pony leaders, or consult the fairbook.
Tuesday of fair week - 9:00 a.m. – Showmanship at Halter & Performance Classes
Class # Division Class Name
1 Senior English Showmanship (Pattern) (1st & 2nd Place Winners come back for Grand/Reserve … class 11)
2 Intermediate English Showmanship (Pattern)(1st & 2nd Place Winners come back for Grand/Reserve… class 11)
3 Junior English Showmanship (Pattern)(1st & 2nd Place Winners come back for Grand/Reserve… class 11)
4 All English Type Mares over 56” ALL AGES- Halter (1st & 2nd Place WILL BE the Grand/Reserve winners)
5 All English Type Mares 56” & Under ALL AGES - Halter(1st & 2nd Place WILL BE the Grand/Reserve winners)
6 All English Type Geldings over 56” ALL AGES - Halter (1st & 2nd Place WILL BE the Grand/Reserve winners)
7 All English Type Geldings 56” & Under ALL AGES - Halter (1st & 2nd Place WILL BE the Grand/Reserve winners)
8 Senior Western Showmanship (Pattern) (1st & 2nd Place Winners come back for Grand/Reserve… class 11)
9 Intermediate Western Showmanship (Pattern) (1st & 2nd Place Winners come back for Grand/Reserve… class 11)
10 Junior Western Showmanship (Pattern) (1st & 2nd Place Winners come back for Grand/Reserve… class 11)
11 Must Qualify Grand /Reserve Champion Western/English Type Showmanship (ALL 1st & 2nd Place Winners from above
Showmanship classes qualify)
Western Mare Halter:
Class # Division Class Name
12 All Western Type Mare 56” & Under ALL AGES - Halter (1st & 2nd Place WILL BE the Grand/Reserve winners)
13 All Mare & Foal English or Western Halter, ALL SIZES (not eligible for Champ. class) All exhibitors in arena MUST be 4-H members
14 All Western Type Mares over 56”, 3 yrs old and under - Halter (1st & 2nd Place Winners come back for Grand/Reserve - Class 24)
15 All Western Type Mare over 56”, 4 and 5 yr. olds - Halter (1st & 2nd place Winners come back for Grand/Reserve - class 19)
16 All Western Type Mare over 56”, 6 to 10 yr. olds - Halter (1st & 2nd place Winners come back for Grand/Reserve - class 19)
17 All Western Type Mare over 56”, 11 to 15 yr. olds - Halter (1st & 2nd place Winners come back for Grand/Reserve - class 19)
18 All Western Type Mare over 56”, 16 yrs old and older - Halter (1st & 2nd place Winners come back for Grand/Reserve - class 19)
19 Must Qualify Grand/Reserve Champion Western Type Mare over 56” - Halter (All 1st & 2nd place Winners from classes 14-18 qualify)
Western Gelding Halter:
20 All Western Type Gelding 56” & Under, ALL AGES - Halter (1st & 2nd place Winners WILL BE the Grand/Reserve Winners)
21 All Western Type Gelding over 56”, 3 yrs. Old & under - Halter (1st & 2nd place Winners come back for Grand/Reserve - class 26)
22 All Western Type Gelding over 56”, 4 and 5 yr. olds - Halter (1st & 2nd Place Winners come back for Grand/Reserve -class 26)
23 All Western Type Gelding over 56”, 6 to 10 yr. olds - Halter (1st & 2nd place Winners come back for Grand/Reserve - class 26)
24 All Western Type Gelding over 56”, 11 to 15 yr. olds - Halter (1st & 2nd place Winners come back for Grand/Reserve - class 26)
25 All Western Type Gelding over 56”, 16 yrs. Old and older - Halter (1st & 2nd place Winners come back for Grand/Reserve - class 26)
26 Must Qualify Grand/Reserve Champion Western Type Gelding over 56” - Halter (All 1st & 2nd place Winners from classes 21-25 qualify)
27 All Versatility Class (Approximate 2:00 Start Time): Junior & Senior Divisions show together in several different disciplines with the same horse, determining which horse rider combination is the most versatile.
- A versatility horse should perform all four disciplines with willingness and correctness. The horse and rider will show the a difference in way of going between the western pleasure and hunter under saddle disciplines, and will be easily transitioned from one discipline to the next.
Tack and Attire
- Refer to Western Tack and Attire, and Hunter Tack and Attire
- Tack and attire prohibited for each of the classes shown independently, is also prohibited in Versatility.
- Horses will perform in: Hunter Under Saddle (HUS), Western Horsemanship (WH), Western Pleasure (WP) and Barrel Racing (BR). All classes will be judged according to the rules in 4-H 661.
- Exhibitors in 4-H versatility must have 2 helpers who are 4-H members (do not need to be from same county), and will have 5 minutes to change their clothes and tack between HUS and WH.
- Exhibitors will be allowed 2 minutes to change bridles and add protective leg- wear between WP and BR.
- Helpers must be safely attired in long pants/jeans, a shirt with a collar, and boots. They must wait in the designated area, and not approach their rider, until instructed to do so by the show officials.
- Exhibitors must provide the device to transport tack. Any wheeled equipment that is powered only by the two helpers is allowed. (Once class begins, 4-H’er or assistants may not leave designated area)
- The same 4-H’er must ride the same horse in all classes.
- All disqualifications listed in the class guidelines for each class (HUS, WH, WP, BR)
- Beginning to change clothes before instructed by the show official.
- Reckless behavior on the part of the rider, or the helpers, that may endanger themselves or others, at the discretion of the judge.
- Failure to follow the class procedures in regards to helpers and tack transport device.
Other Helpful Information
- Once the class begins, 4-H’er or assistant may not leave designated area
- Judge’s decision is final
Tuesday of fair week CONTINUED
Class # Division Class Name
28. All Driving
29. Senior Trail Class, ALL SIZES (Pattern)
30. Intermediate & Junior Trail Class, ALL SIZES (Pattern)
31. All Western Riding (Pattern) (Pattern in Indiana 4-H Horse & Pony Handbook
32. Senior Reining, ALL SIZES (Pattern) (All reining patterns in Indiana 4-H Horse & Pony handbook)
33. Intermediate & Junior Reining, ALL SIZES (Pattern) (All reining patterns in Indiana 4-H Horse & Pony Handbook)
34. All Ranch Riding, ALL SIZES
35. All Costume Class
Wednesday of fair week - 9:00 a.m. - Performance Classes
36. Grades 8-12 (as of Jan of current year) Bareback Pleasure
37. Grades 3-7 (as of Jan of current year) Bareback Pleasure
38. All Double Bareback Pleasure English Type Pleasure:
39. Senior English Pleasure, Hunt or Saddle Seat, over 56”
40 Intermediate English Pleasure, Hunt or Saddle Seat, over 56”
41. Junior English Pleasure, Hunt or Saddle Seat, over 56”
42. All English Pleasure, Hunt or Saddle Seat, 56” & Under
43. Senior English Equitation, Hunt or Saddle Seat (Pattern) (1st & 2nd place Winners come back for Gr/ResGr… class 51)
44. Intermediate English Equitation, Hunt or Saddle Seat (Pattern) (1st & 2nd place Winners come back for Gr/ResGr…class 51
45 Junior English Equitation, Hunt or Saddle Seat (Pattern) (1st & 2nd place Winners come back for Gr/ResGr…class 51 46 All Hunter Hack over Fences, ALL SIZES
Western or English Pleasure, Your Choice:
Class # Division Class Name
47 All Gaited Pleasure All Ages, All Sizes, Any Seat - NO CANTE
48 Grades 8-12 (as of Jan of current year) Stake Pleasure, ALL SIZES (English or Western disciplines are allowed
49 Grades 3-7 (as of Jan of current year) Stake Pleasure, ALL SIZES (English or Western disciplines are allowed)
Western Type Pleasure:
50 Senior Horsemanship, ALL SIZES (Pattern) (1st & 2nd place Winners come back for Grand/Res.…class 51
51 Intermediate Horsemanship, ALL SIZES (Pattern) (1st & 2nd place Winners come back for Grand/Res…class 51
52. Junior Horsemanship, ALL SIZES (Pattern) (1st & 2nd place Winners come back for Grand/Res…class 51o
53 Must Qualify Grand/Reserve Horsemanship/Equitation (All 1st & 2nd place winners from classes 42, 43, 44, 48, 49 and 50 must qualify
54 All Western Pleasure 56” & Under
55. Senior Western Pleasure over 56”
56. Intermediate Western Pleasure over 56”
57. Junior Western Pleasure over 56
58 st Year Member Walk/Trot ONLY (By entering this class, you may not enter any canter classes)
59 All Ranch Pleasure (ALL SIZES)
Wednesday 6:00 p.m. – Fun & Games
Class # Division Class Name
60 See Details… Novice Pleasure ALL SIZES, English or Western Disciplines Details… Cannot have won a 1st place In ANY 4-H Horse & Pony Event
61 Grades 8-12 (as of Jan of current year) Ride-A-Buck (Bareback riding with a $1 bill stuck under your leg)
62 Grades 3-7 (as of Jan of current year) Ride-A-Buck (Bareback riding with a $1 bill stuck under your leg)
63 Grades 8-12 (as of Jan of current year) Dizzy Stick (Timed) (ride to baseball bat, jump off, spin around baseball bat, run on foot back to start)
64 Grades 3-7 (as of Jan of current year) Dizzy Stick (Timed) (ride to baseball bat, jump off, spin around baseball bat, run on foot back to start)
65 Grades 8-12 (as of Jan of current year) Egg Race (ride while balancing an egg on a plastic spoon)
66 Grades 3-7 (as of Jan of current year) Egg Race (ride while balancing an egg on a plastic spoon)
67 All Michigan Pick-Up (Timed) (2 partners on 1 horse: “driver” drops off the “passenger” on a barrel, then
comes back and picks that partner up after riding around a cone)
68 All Rescue Race (Timed) (2 partners on 1 horse: “driver goes to end of arena and picks up the “passenger” off the ground and rides back)
Thursday of fair week - 9:00 a.m. – Gaming
69 All Pony Pole Bending, 56” & Unde
70. Senior Pole Bending over 56
71 Intermediate Pole Bending over 56”
72 Junior Pole Bending over 56”
73. All Pony Barrels, 56” & Under
74 Senior Barrel Racing over 56"
75. Intermediate Barrel Racing over 56”
76 Junior Barrel Racing over 56”
Other Speed Events:
77 Senior Flag Race
78 Intermediate Flag Race
79 Junior Flag Race
80 Senior Key Hole Race
81 Intermediate Key Hole Race
82 Junior Key Hole Race
83 Senior Plug Race
84 Intermediate Plug Race
85 Junior Plug Race
86 All Carry The Mail
87 All Dash For Cash 6
88 All Down & Back Flags
89 See Details… Novice Barrels Details… Cannot have won a 1st place in ANY 4-H Horse & Pony Event
Other Helpful Information:
- NO TACK STALLS: All of your tack must stay either at your campsite, outside your horse’s stall, or in your trailer (no matter where it’s parked). It is recommended all valuable tack be locked up.
- It’s usually HOT during fair week Fans are permitted and encouraged for your horse(s). All extension cords MUST be hung securely in stalls with no dangling cords.
- Each horse is required to have at least one (1) bag of shavings in its stall. Members may bring their own or purchase them at the fairgrounds or store of their choice.
- Members are responsible AND expected to keep their horse(s) stall cleaned twice daily, and have fresh water in front of their horses at all times. The fairgrounds will provide wheelbarrows for stall cleaning. Please take care of these wheelbarrows and return them to the shared station you got it from when done using it every day.
- Stalls may be decorated. Please keep in mind the safety of your horse and those horses stalled on either side.
- Camping reservations during the fair are to be made ASAP with Homer & Theresa Lakin (219-866-8413). Camping is $110 for the whole week of fair, no matter what you camp in. If you camped last year, you will receive your reservation sheet in the mail.
- ALL empty trailers not being used for camping MUST be parked on the east side of the covered arena on the opposite side of the fence.