SHC Event Descriptions

Oral reasonsHorse Judging  

A judging contest consists of evaluating and placing horses according to conformatioin or performance. Oral reasons are also given which improve's a member's speaking ability.  Judging can easily be practiced at the club level. Classes of horses can be judged from photos or model horses. Practice oral reasons on a class of shoes, hair styles, or apples! The PNW 4-H Horse Judging Manual is a great resource. 



 The hippology contest encompasses all other areas of SHC: judging,  horse bowl knowledge, and presentations. The contest has six sections: judging, feed identification, hay, examination phase, station phase, and the team problem.  Practice at the club level by studying skeleton parts, bits, colors and markings, breed characteristics, nutrition, diseases, etc. Almost anything related to horses could be included in a hippology contest!  

 Team Problem Scoring   

Horse Bowl

Horse Bowl

Horse Bowl is a question and answer game that allows 4-H members to demonstrate their knowledge of equine-related subject matter. Two teams of four members each compete to answer questions quickly and accurately. Some questions are one-on-one where only a specified member of each team can answer. Other questions are team play where any member can answer.  Playing Horse Bowl is a fun way to learn the material in the Horse Project manuals. Many club activities can be built around horse bowl questions such as playing "Jeopardy" or studying visuals. For help with organizing a contest, read the "Bowl Notebook Materials."

Horse Bowl Procedures  

Presentation Pam and Meg


A presentation can be a demonstration or an illustrated talk. A demonstration shows and tells how to do something, and it usually has a finished product. Examples would be how to braid a horse's mane or how to clean tack. An illustrated talk uses visual aids to explain what is said. These visual aids could be posters, videos, slides, models, etc.  Individual presentations are given by one member. Team presentations are given by two members.  

Public Speaking

Public Speaking requires members to give a speech. No visual aids are allowed. Speeches often tell more of a story or have a topic that has an emotional impact on the audience.  





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