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Draft Animal

January 21, 2020

A 4-H Draft Animal record book, completely filled out, and with 4-H member, parents and 4-H Leader signatures, MUST BE TURNED INTO THE EXTENSION OFFICE ON OR BEFORE JUNE 29, 2020, 4:00 PM.

Record book consists of: Animal record sheet; animal body parts and harness parts (completed by memory); work schedules (completed and signed). If record book is not book is not completed and turned in on time, the 4-H’er will be subject to a reduction in their show placing.


Any emergencies not covered by the rules shall be handled by the 4-H Draft Animal Committee.
1. This project is open to any Draft Style animal: Draft Horse; Draft Pony; Mule; with approval of the Draft Animal Committee.

2. Draft Animals must be owned by the 4-H'er, or owned in partnership with the 4-H'ers father, mother, brother, sister, grandparent, or legal guardian. Leased animals may also be shown subject to the approval of both the County 4-H Draft Animal Committee and the Extension Educator. Concerning leasing: Any 4-H member planning to lease an animal for Noble County 4-H must go before the Draft Animal Committee for review of Draft Animal rules and regulations before April 15. Decision will be up to the Committee by vote. A Lease agreement must be turned in by May 15th.

3. Anyone eligible to enroll in 4-H may be in the Draft Animal project. For show purposes:
Rookie- 3rd and 4th grades (4th grade first time in project)
Junior-5 thru 7 grades
Senior –8 thru 12 grades.

4. Animals should be in the 4-H member's possession and/or leased, and records started by May 1 of the show year.

5. 4-H Horse and Pony Identification forms will be used. These forms are due in the County Extension Office by May 15 of the show year.

6. No animal may be substituted or traded for the original animal after May 15 of the show year, except in conditions beyond the member's control and approval applications accompanied by evidence such as a veterinarian's statement that the animal is unfit to show or is the only animal owned by the immediate family.

7. No stallions are eligible to show, except stallion foals, under 1 year old.

8. All animals, grade and registered, are eligible to show in the same class on the county level.

9. All animals must be sound and healthy and free of injury. Any questionable animal may be removed by a licensed veterinarian and/or the 4-H Draft Animal Committee.

10. The use of drugs is prohibited and any questionable animal may be checked for conformance with this rule.

11. 4-H members must show their own animal. In case of sickness or injury, the owner must have the animal shown by another 4-H member with the approval of the 4-H Draft Animal Committee.

12. 4-H exhibitors must wear their assigned exhibit numbers on their back in the show ring.

13. Boots and/or leather hard soled shoes, long pants (blue jeans are acceptable), and a shirt with collar and sleeves MUST be worn during the 4-H Draft Animal Show. All 4-H members are required to wear a properly fitted ASTM or SEI standard FlI63 (or above) certified helmet whenever mounted, or driving at a 4-H horse & pony event, show, or activity. 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 is in effect, and applies to all county, area, and state 4-H horse & pony events, shows and activities.

14. All animals must be shown in the Draft style showing.

15. All members must show in one showmanship class before going into the horsemanship classes.
For Showmanship classes see page 22 of your handbook, #13. Showmanship.
Horsemanship classes will be broken down into: Rookie-3rd and 4th grade (4th grade first time in project); Junior 5 thru 7 grade; and Senior 8 thru 12 grade.

16. All classes shall be judged by a draft horse judge. Decision of the judge is final. Questions concerning rules or procedures are to be presented to the 4-H Draft Animal Committee.

17. Age: Draft Animal: January 1 shall be considered the birthday of all animals.

18. 4-H'er must be present for at least one feeding and barn clean out each day of the fair. Feeding and barn clean out will be done each day at 7:30 AM and 5:30 PM. If not they will be subject to a reduction in their placing. Any 4-H exhibitor who continually breaks a barn rule may be barred from showing and/or forfeit any prizes or winnings.

19. Every 4-H Draft Animal shown must be stalled during the whole week of the County Fair, and will follow the livestock rules regarding check in, and release times set by the 4-H program. There will be no exceptions unless the animal is sick or injured.

20. Failure to comply with these rules and regulations may result in loss of trophies and awards or dismissal from the show.

21. All performance classes will be broken or combined as needed by the 4-H Draft Animal Committee.

22. One animal in team must be your 4-H project. Both animals must be in the 4-H program.

23. Any 4-H Draft animal can be shown by two (2) 4-H members, if they are not in the same division.

24. Members MUST attend at least one meeting AND one workshops each year. The call out meeting will NOT count as the one meeting. Due to safety reasons, the leader must witness members safely working with their animal(s). If the member does not meet this meeting/workshop attendance requirement, they will only be able to complete the project by completing the required project record books, and will not be allowed to show at Fair. Animals are required for workshops, unless prior arrangements are made with the leader, or differently is communicated with members via the leader.

25. Work Schedule—Members must work at least 10 times with their project animal, with adult supervision. (Minimum 1 hour each time.) ALL MEMBERS MUST COMPLETE THE WORK SCHEDULE.

26. Adults will accompany all members while driving.

27. The 4-H'er will be limited to two horses as projects.

28. Two awards have been set up:
     A. Most Improved. Chosen by majority vote of the adult committee.
     B. High Point Achiever—Rookie, Junior, and Senior. Points are given by a system decided on by the adult committee each new year at the first meeting. Therefore subject to change. In case of a tie, it will be broken at the leaders discretion.

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