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Horse & Pony

January 21, 2020

A 4-H Horse & Pony record sheet (one record sheet per animal), and Question & Answer sheet, 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. No records, or late/incomplete record sheets/Q & A sheets will result in an exhibit being considered for EXHIBITION ONLY—NO PLACING.


4-H members are expected to abide by all Indiana 4-H Horse & Pony rules as stated in the Indiana State 4-H Horse & Pony Handbook. It is highly recommended that every family purchase a handbook. They will be available at the Extension Office and all Horse & Pony meetings. It is the responsibility of the 4-H family and members to know and understand the state rules.

A. To learn to select, feed, train, manage and ride a pony or horse.

B. To learn wholesome outdoor recreation.

C. To learn to cooperate and be courteous with other 4-H'ers and adults.

1. All Horse and Pony Members will be members of the Noble County Blazing Saddles 4-H Horse and Pony Club, and if taking additional 4-H projects other than Horse & Pony, MUST belong to a township club of your choice.

2.      A). Requirement for completion of Horse and Pony project are:
               1a. A complete grade appropriate question/answer sheet and completed, signed record sheet turned in by posted due date.
               2a. County and club dues MUST be paid no later than the March Horse & Pony meeting. Horse & Pony dues will be accepted at the Extension Office or Horse & Pony meetings, NOT TOWNSHIP MEETINGS. A late fee will apply to any club dues not paid by the March Horse & Pony meeting!

          B) Expectations of 4-Her' before participating at the County Fair are:
               1b. Rule 2A to be completed by deadlines (See above.)
               2b. Each 4-H Horse & Pony member will be REQUIRED to attend 1 meeting, attend 1 clean up, and work 2 complete shifts at the Mid-States weekend and/or County Fair. Family members are allowed to cover the requirements for each member due to schedule conflicts. Any member not fulfilling the above requirements will be able to show exhibition only (not for a placing) at the County Fair.
               3b. Members in their first five (5) years will be asked to show halter and/or showmanship.

3. Workshops will be held to assist members with their projects. We strongly recommend that you attend all available workshops and clinics.

4. Any 4-H animal enrolled must be owned by the 4-H member: owned in family corporation; owned in partnership with the member's father, mother, brother, sister, aunt, uncle, grandparent or legal guardian; or leased subject to the approval of a written lease by the Extension Office.

5. No ungelded colts may be shown after weaning age. No horse or pony under the age of 2 (birth date is January 1 of the year they turn two) may show in a performance, driving or color guard class.

6 A). Any animal that is unmanageable by the 4-H member will be barred from the show.

6 B). Any animal that does not meet the body condition scoring requirements set by the State will be barred from the Fairgrounds.

7. ONLY Noble County 4-H Horse and Pony members may ride/drive animals during Fair week. Any violation of this rule may result in the 4-H'er being forbidden to show the animal.

8. Each member must use suitable equipment such as halter, bridle, saddle, grooming equipment and riding attire. (Helmet, boots, long pants and shirt with collar and sleeves.) Refer to the Indiana 4-H Horse & Pony Handbook for proper riding attire during show events.

9. ANIMALS MUST BE ENROLLED OR LEASED and records started by May 15th. Members with continuous projects should keep continuous records to make them more meaningful. All 4-H members are encouraged to list all horses up to five (5) that they own on the enrollment form in case of injury/illness of chosen horse/pony.

10. A member can show no more than two (2) animals and no more than one (1) in any one horse or pony class. (Mare & Foal will be considered one.) Grand and reserve championship classes are exempt.

11. All Horses and Ponies must be identified in the Indiana 4-H Online Animal ID system by May 15. The online animal ID website is located at: IT IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE 4-H’ER TO IDENTIFY THEIR ANIMALS AT 4-H ONLINE. THE EXTENSION OFFICE WILL NOT ID ANY ANIMALS ONLINE.
     (b) ANIMAL'S HEIGHT: Animals that are to be exhibited as pony (height 56" and under) and do not possess a permanent 4-H measurement card must be measured. Animals possessing this card need not be measured. HOWEVER, THE PERMANENT CARD may be presented to the Adult Chairperson for their signature prior to May 15th to qualify for the County Fair. Members or parents signatures are not acceptable. LATE ENROLLMENTS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED, THERE WILL BE NO EXCEPTIONS. THOSE MEMBERS WISHING TO SHOW AT THE INDIANA STATE FAIR MUST ENTER THEIR ANIMALS ONLINE BY THE POSTED DATE.

12. No animal may be substituted or traded for the original animal after May 15th.
      A. In the case of a 1st year member having an unsafe horse, a letter requesting a substitution needs to be presented to the Emergency Committee (attendance at clinics and workshops will be considered as part of the decision).
     B. Any substitutions for emergency sickness or injury are subject to Emergency Committee approval. A veterinary signature may be required. If 4-H member has another animal enrolled, no substitution will be accepted. IF A SUBSTITUTION IS MADE, NEITHER ANIMAL WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR STATE FAIR COMPETITION.

13. This county will have at least two (2) age divisions based on grade in school:
Junior (grades 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7)           Senior (grades 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12)

14. The SHOWMANSHIP competition will be divided into five or more classes. (See Showmanship under "4-H Rules and Policies" in your 4-H Handbook) Showmanship competition will combine both horse and pony animals into same age class as the 4-H member.

15. A Member or parent shall refrain from showing the judge any animal in advance of the show.

16. ALL horses being shown at the County Fair are REQUIRED to be stalled in the Horse & Pony Barn on the Fairgrounds during designated times. A stall fee per animal will be required at the County Fair. This fee must be paid by the designated deadline. A refund will be paid if the stall is stripped by the exhibitor and approved by the Barn Superintendent. Any NO SHOWS will result in your money being forfeited. All refunds must be claimed prior to leaving the post fair cleanup. All refunds not claimed by this time will be considered a donation.

1.) Refer to Indiana State Fair 4-H and FFA handbook/premium list for the complete State Fair rules and requirements.
2.) Refer to Indiana State Fair 4-H handbook for clarification of drug usage.
3.) If the 4-H member enrolls by the January 15th enrollment deadline, the May 15th horse ID ONLINE, and the July 1st ONLINE entry for State Fair, they will have successfully completed their obligations, and are eligible to show at State Fair.
4.) It is the 4-H’ers responsibility to complete all paperwork for State Fair entry. Any questions, please call the Extension Office.

17. 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 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.

If any 4-H Member or parent is interested in being on the Horse and Pony Committee, please notify the County Extension Office or a present committee member.




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