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Last updated: 01/26/2017 3:42:36

Connecticut 4-H Horse Project

This is an official website for information on the 4-H Horse Project in Connecticut.

What do you do if you are in the 4-H Horse Project?

4-H members participate in a club in their community. They may or may not have a horse. They also do club activities and attend events related to horses. They participate in contests such as public speaking, team demonstration or individual demonstration, horse bowl, horse judging, and hippology. Public speaking is when a 4-H member speaks about a horse-related topic. In team or individual demonstration, either one or two people speak about a horse-related topic using visual aids. Horse bowl is a Jeopardy-like contest in which teams of 3 or 4 compete on horse-related topics. In horse judging, 4-H members judge horses in hand or under saddle either as a conformation class (in hand) or performance (hunt seat, Western, reining, etc.) class. 4-H members list the order in which they think the class should be placed, and may give oral reasons as to why he/she placed the class the way they did.

Do I have to have a horse to be in the 4-H Horse Project?

No, many 4-H members do not own a horse.

How old do I have to be to join the 4-H Horse Project?

You can become a 4-H member in the horse project when you are 7 years old as of January 1 of the current year.

How do I join 4-H?

  • CT Counties - Contact a representative in your county

 

Informational Materials

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Useful 4-H Links

Connecticut Equine Links

General Equine Links

Resources

 

Upcoming 4-H Events

 

Equine Extension Events - NEW DATES COMING SOON!

Date

Event

Saturday, January 28, 2017

State 4-H Giddy Up Games – Middlesex County Extension Center http://www.extension.uconn.edu/extension-centers/middlesex.php

http://www.cag.uconn.edu/ces/4H/calendar.php

Contact Emily.alger@uconn.edu to register

Saturday, February 4 , 2017

Update on Parasites Talk by Dr. Jenifer Nadeau at the CT Valley Driving Club meeting, 6:30 PM, Old Town Hall, 488 Town St., East Haddam, CT

Thursday, February 16, 2017

4-H State Horse Advisory Meeting – Middlesex County Extension Center 7:30 PM

http://www.extension.uconn.edu/extension-centers/middlesex.php

Saturday, March 4, 2017

CT Horse Symposium – UConn Horsebarn Hill Arena -- Storrs, CT

Participate or Audit!

Sat Morning: Clinics with Caroline Mercier: Finding the Natural Balance of Horse and Rider to Improve Form Over Fences - 9 AM - 12 PM

9-10 AM Clinic 1: Flat Work Exercises, limited to 6 riders

10-11 AM Clinic 2: Combining Flat Work Exercises with Poles, limited to 6 riders


11 AM -12 PM Clinic 3: Combining Flat Work Exercises with Poles and Jumps, limited to 6 riders

12 PM UConn Drill Team Demonstration

11:30 - 1:30 Pizza and Beverages Available from the UConn Equine Club!

Sat Afternoon : Clinics with Jeff Morse : Improving Your Driving Performance and Having Fun While Doing It!

1-2 PM Clinic 1: Exploring the Separation of Labor and Management: Who is who? How to clearly establish and maintain each of the roles and create the best driving performance your horse can give you.


2-3 PM Clinic 2: Bending The Driving Horse: A driving horse can always be better balanced and the key is proper bending. Learn the key to how to accomplish and train for improved bending and balance. Make life easier for your driving horse: a balanced horse is an efficient horse.


3-4 PM Clinic 3: Body Position and Control: The 4th Aid: The whip, reins and voice are the three aids for driving. Often neglected is the 4th aid: better use and control of the driver's body position. You will learn the "Check Yourself Routine" which you will use on every drive in the future.

UConn students or experienced riders can use a UConn horse in the clinics for an additional $20 fee

Money raised is used to directly support equine research and extension programs at the University of Connecticut! No pre registration needed for spectators!

Demonstrations, Speakers, Sponsors and vendors welcome – call or email for info

Contact: Dr. Jenifer Nadeau

Jenifer.nadeau@uconn.edu

(860) 486-4471, (860) 486-4375 fax

Visit our well-populated and diverse Vendor Fair on Saturday - all under one roof at the Horsebarn Hill Arena! If interested in becoming a vendor or sponsor, please contact jenifer.nadeau@uconn.edu or call (860) 486-4471

*an auditor is also known as a spectator

UConn students in the Horse Practicum or experienced riders can use a horse for a $20 additional fee

Email jenifer.nadeau@uconn.edu for more information, please go to the symposium website for information and to register

$50 Active Participation - Ride or Drive in a Clinic ($70 to use a UConn Horse)

$35 Active Participation UConn Students, Horse Practicum Members, 4-H - Ride or Drive in a Clinic

$20/Adults All Day Auditor* Pass

$10/One clinic for Auditor*

$10/day Age 9-18/4-H leaders/UConn students/4-H members

9 & under free!

Sunday, March 5, 2017

CT Horse Symposium – UConn Horsebarn Hill Arena -- Storrs, CT

Sunday Morning: Hands on Horse Science!

9 AM -12 PM Hands on Horse Science!

Learn about basic first aid, microchipping, horse vital signs, saddle fitting, sheath cleaning and myofascial release therapy! Rotate to a Different Station on the half hour: Microchipping, Basic First Aid, Horse Vital Signs, Saddle Fitting - English, Saddle Fitting - Western, Myofascial Release Therapy

1 PM UConn Polo Match

 

AS ALWAYS A GREAT VALUE !!

$20/Adults All Day Auditor* Pass

$10/day Age 9-18/4-H leaders/UConn students/4-H members

9 & under free!

Money raised is used to directly support equine research and extension programs at the University of Connecticut! No pre registration needed for spectators!

Demonstrations, Speakers, Sponsors and vendors welcome – call or email for info

Contact: Dr. Jenifer Nadeau

Jenifer.nadeau@uconn.edu

(860) 486-4471, (860) 486-4375 fax

If interested in becoming a vendor or sponsor, please contact jenifer.nadeau@uconn.edu or call (860) 486-4471

*an auditor is also known as a spectator


Email jenifer.nadeau@uconn.edu for more information, please go to the symposium website to register or for information!

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Disaster Preparedness Talk (click to find out how to register) and Connecticut Horse Council meeting, Northeast Utilities, Berlin, CT 7:30 PM http://cthorsecouncil.org/

Wednesday, March 14 , 2017

Communications and Horse Bowl Entries due to Middlesex 4-H Office

Thursday, March 16, 2017

4-H State Horse Advisory Meeting – Middlesex County Extension Center 7:30 PM

http://www.extension.uconn.edu/extension-centers/middlesex.php

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Verification due for Eastern States Exposition 4-H Horse Show

Saturday, April 1, 2017

State 4-H Horse Communications Contest –Middlesex County Extension Center

http://www.extension.uconn.edu/extension-centers/middlesex.php

http://www.cag.uconn.edu/ces/4H/calendar.php

Contact Emily.alger@uconn.edu to register

Saturday, April 1, 2017

4-H State Quiz Bowl Contest  –Middlesex County Extension Center

Following the Communications Contest

http://www.extension.uconn.edu/extension-centers/middlesex.php

http://www.cag.uconn.edu/ces/4H/calendar.php

Contact Emily.alger@uconn.edu to register
Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Horse Judging and Hippology Entries are due to Middlesex 4-H Office

Thursday, April 13, 2017

4-H State Horse Advisory Meeting – Middlesex County Extension Center 7:30 PM

http://www.extension.uconn.edu/extension-centers/middlesex.php

Friday April 21 - Sunday, April 23, 2017

AYHC Symposium – Many fun youth and leader activities!  Great for anyone interested in horses.  Interesting horse tours of Massachusetts farms and attractions! Host Hotel: Four Points by Sheraton, Wakefield, Massachusetts

Satnrday, April 22, 2017 Eastern CT Draft Horse Association Plow Match - Spectators welcome! University of CT, Lee Farm, corner of Route 44 and North River Road in Coventry. 9 AM Start time.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Rain Date

Eastern CT Draft Horse Association Plow Match Rain Date- Spectators welcome! University of CT, Lee Farm, corner of Route 44 and North River Road in Coventry. 9 AM Start time.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

State 4-H Horse Hippology/Novice Contests – UConn Young Building http://www.cag.uconn.edu/ces/4H/calendar.php

Contact Emily.alger@uconn.edu to register

Sunday, April 30, 2017

State 4-H Horse Judging Contest - UConn Horsebarn Hill Arena

http://www.cag.uconn.edu/ces/4H/calendar.php

Contact Emily.alger@uconn.edu to register

Monday, May 1, 2017

CT Horse Verification Forms Due

Friday, May 12, 2017

Iowa State Master Equine Manager Program at UConn http://www.extension.iastate.edu/masterequine/page/upcoming-programs

Email jenifer.nadeau@uconn.edu to register
Thursday, May 18, 2017

4-H State Horse Advisory Meeting – Middlesex County Extension Center 7:30 PM

http://www.extension.uconn.edu/extension-centers/middlesex.php

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Orientation/Final Selection Meeting for Eastern States Exposition, Middlesex County Extension Center, Haddam, CT 7:30 PM http://www.extension.uconn.edu/extension-centers/middlesex.php

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Riding Camp Horsemanship Safety Clinic

Registration

10am-3pm @ the Horsebarn Hill Arena

Additional Handouts for Clinic (Packet 1, Packet 2)

Directions

Friday, July 14 , 2017

State 4-H Horse Show set up, Tolland Agricultural Center, Vernon, CT

Saturday, July 15, 2017

State 4-H Horse Show, Tolland Agricultural Center, Vernon, CT

http://www.cag.uconn.edu/ces/4H/calendar.php

Contact Emily.alger@uconn.edu to register

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Eastern States Exposition Final Selection

http://www.cag.uconn.edu/ces/4H/calendar.php

Sunday, Sept 3, 2017

Haddam Neck Horse Show - major fundraiser for the State 4-H Horse Program!

http://www.cag.uconn.edu/ces/4H/calendar.php

Wed Sept 20-Sunday Sept 24, 2017

Eastern States Exposition 4-H Horse Show

http://www.cag.uconn.edu/ces/4H/calendar.php

Thurs Sept 21, 2017

Eastern States Exposition 4-H Horse Show General Knowledge Test Link to study guide

http://www.cag.uconn.edu/ces/4H/calendar.php

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Eastern CT Draft Horse Association meeting, Dr. Jenifer Nadeau to speak, Topic TBD,

7 PM, Blue Slope Farm, 138 Blue Hill Rd, Franklin, CT

Friday, October 20, 2017

Litchfield Hills Driving Club meeting, Dr. Nadeau to speak, Topic TBD, 7:30 PM, Plymouth Congregational Church, 10 Park St. Plymouth, CT

Friday, November 3- Sunday, November 5, 2017

Eastern National 4-H Horse Roundup, Louisville KY, CT competing!

 

 

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