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Manual Information: See page 16 for project manual information. Project Manual completion is not a requirement.

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Purdue Extension Dubois County
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Jasper, IN  47546
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Lauren Fenneman, Assistant Youth Educator
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.  First and foremost, all exhibitors, parents, and spectators will conduct themselves as ladies and gentlemen. They will be expected to conduct themselves in a manner as to set a good example for other 4‑H exhibitors and other spectators at the show. Impolite behavior, poor sportsmanship, disruptive actions, may cause disqualification and/or cause for personal removal from the grounds.

  1. To show at the Dubois County 4‑H Fair, a 4‑H'er must:
  2. Complete and turn in an Indiana 4‑H Horse & Pony Ownership, Enrollment and Entry Form by May 15 via 4-H Online. (Unlimited number of animals may be enrolled)
  3. Use Google Chrome to access 4-H Online and any pictures uploaded need to be in jpeg format.
  4. Attend a combined total of four events from the Horse & Pony scheduled meetings, horsemanship camp, and/or county sponsored 4-H events of which at least three are with the animal that has been enrolled on the State Entry Form.
  5. A limit of two horses per 4‑Her will be imposed at the Dubois County 4-H Fair. Also, only one entry per class will be accepted per 4-Her at the Dubois County 4-H Fair.
  6. Only 4‑H Horse and Pony members shall ride, drive or lunge their enrolled animals at the fairgrounds during fair week or during mock shows. Exception: In the interest of safety a 4-H Horse & Pony leader may allow an immediate family member to ride, drive or lunge a 4‑H'ers horse or pony. Only 4-Hers and/or parents will prepare horse for 4-H show.
  7. Attire ‑ All exhibitors shall wear appropriate attire as outlined in the Indiana 4-H Horse & Pony Handbook. Properly fitted ASTM standard F1163 (or above) certified helmet must be worn whenever mounted, or driving.
  8. Any 4-H Horse & Pony project deemed by the 4-Her, parent, or 4-H leader to be a "kicker" must be designated with a visible red ribbon in the tail. It is the 4-H member's responsibility to make sure each time the animal is brought to the fairgrounds it is designated by a prominent red ribbon in the tail.
  9. Any animal exhibited must be shown and owned by the contestant, or owned in partnership with the contestant's father, mother, brother, sister, grandparent or legal guardian. Exception: Leased animals may be shown subject to approval of both the County 4‑H Horse and Pony Committee and the extension educator in charge in the county from which the entry is submitted. Leasing is considered the equivalent of ownership of a 4-H project animal. The 4-H'er should be regularly involved in the care of the horse regardless of where stabled and the   4-H'er should have exclusive show use of the animal during the 4-H lease period. Any animal whether owned or leased by the exhibitor must be on display at the fairgrounds DURING THE ENTIRE FAIR WEEK.
  10. Indiana state 4-H imposes vaccination requirements for horse show participants beyond the requirements of the Indiana State Board of Animal Health minimum requirements. A current year vaccination record must be on file for each horse enrolled in the 4-H program.
  11. Placing ‑ Six placings will be awarded in each class. First and second place will receive champion and reserve champion. Third – sixth place will get placing ribbons.
  12. High point performance rider award will be given to one junior member/horse combination and one senior member/horse combination in non-gaited and a one member in gaited. This award is based upon points accumulated in Division 244 and 245 using a six point system. First Place – six points, Second Place – 5 points, Third place – 4 points, Fourth place – 3 points, Fifth place – 2 points and Sixth place – 1 point. All other placings will be awarded with a participation ribbon.
  13. High Point Gaming Trophy will be awarded to a junior member and a senior member. This award is based upon points accumulated in Division 241 using a six point system. First Place – six points, Second Place – 5 points, Third place – 4 points, Fourth place – 3 points, Fifth place – 2 points and Sixth place – 1 point. All other placings will be awarded with a participation ribbon.
  14. High Point Miniature Award will be awarded to one junior member and one senior member. This award is based upon points accumulated in Division 242 using a six point system. First Place – six points, Second Place – 5 points, Third place – 4 points, Fourth place – 3 points, Fifth place – 2 points and Sixth place – 1 point. All other placings will be awarded with a participation ribbon.
  15. High Point Awards could be suspended for the junior and/or senior members for the year if there is a lack of participation in any of the high point awards.
  16. Each member is required to show in at least one halter and/or showmanship class.
  17. 4-H Horse and Pony Executive Club Leaders‑ this group has the responsibility of bringing needs of species to the 4-H Council Livestock Committee, oversee check in at fair, oversee ID days, provide barn chaperones as needed, provide volunteers to run the show, and livestock barn set up. Also advise and assist the leaders in the development of the Dubois County Horse and Pony program.
  18. 4-H Council Livestock Committee – this group is the decision makers, review suggestions from species committees, review concerns and grievances from livestock individuals, set livestock dates, oversee and enforce rules, and procedures of the livestock program.

First two Tuesday night meetings in April are designated for Horse and Rider Skills. Members in their first year going from hand to riding must participate in this before they become a riding member of the Wranglers. No first year rider may ride with the Horse and Pony Club until they have passed this skill assessment.

All 4-H animal exhibits must be free of drug, steroids, and chemical or foreign substance residue. The Dubois County 4-H Council and the Horse & Pony Committee reserves the right to test any animal exhibit for any foreign substance, included, but not limited to, drugs, steroids or chemicals. The submission of any 4-H entry into the Dubois County Fair by an exhibitor expressly grants the Dubois County 4-H Council and/or the Horse & Pony Committee the right to conduct such tests. A positive test or refusing such tests will result in disqualification and forfeiture of all points and awards. Test samples collected from any 4-H horse, pony, mule or donkey must be free of any foreign substance, including any steroids or any drug or chemical affecting the central nervous system (for example, stimulants, depressants or pain killers). Owner will bear the cost for a positive test. Otherwise, 4-H Council will pay for test.

Classes

For animals over 300 pounds the Pre 4-Her must be assisted by a parent, legal guardian, club leader, or club volunteer designated in writing by parent or legal guardian. (Assisted means with the child at all times.) *see rule 15 under general rules

  1. Must be enrolled in 4-H as a Pre 4-H member (4-H Online)
  2. Must have completed Kindergarten as of May of current year and have a liability waiver release signed and in the Purdue Extension office.
  3. Must attend one pre-determined meeting to be assigned an equine and get acquainted with prior to the fair. This will also include some instruction with the equine and what the class will be shown in.
  4. Must show an equine that is already enrolled in 4-H and will be in attendance at the fair. NO other equines will be allowed to come in for a Mini 4-H member to show that day.

Class 24101. Speed and Action Junior – 3rd – 7th grade on Jan. 1

Class 24102. Speed and Action Senior – 8th grade and above on Jan. 1

Class 24103. Pole Bending Junior – 3rd – 7th grade on Jan. 1

Class 24104. Pole Bending Senior – 8th grade and above on Jan. 1

Class 24105. Flag Race Junior – 3rd – 7th grade on Jan. 1

Class 24106. Flag Race Senior – 8th grade and above on Jan. 1

Class 24107. Barrel Race Junior – 3rd – 7th grade on Jan. 1

Class 24108. Barrel Race Senior – 8th grade and above on Jan. 1

Class 24109. Keyhole Race Junior – 3rd – 7th grade on Jan. 1

Class 24110. Keyhole Race Senior – 8th grade and above on Jan. 1

High point award will be given. See Horse and Pony General Rules section, #9 and #11 for more details.

Class 24201. Obstacle Course in Hand, Junior – 3rd – 7th grade on Jan. 1

Class 24202. Obstacle Course in Hand, Senior – 8th grade and above on Jan. 1

Class 24203. Mini Halter, Junior – 3rd – 7th grade on Jan. 1

Class 24204. Mini Halter, Senior – 8th grade and above on Jan. 1

Class 24205. Mini Trail, Junior – 3rd – 7th grade on Jan. 1

Class 24206. Mini Trail, Senior – 8th grade and above on Jan. 1

Class 24207. Mini Jumping, Junior – 3rd – 7th grade on Jan. 1

Class 24208. Mini Jumping, Senior – 8th grade and above on Jan. 1

Class 24209. Mini Showmanship, Junior – 3rd – 7th grade on Jan. 1

Class 24210. Mini Showmanship, Senior – 8th grade and above on Jan. 1

High point awards will be given. See Horse and Pony General Rules section, #9 and #12 for more details.

Class 24420. Trail – Junior – 3rd – 7th grade on Jan. 1

Class 24421. Trail – Senior – 8th grade or above on Jan. 1

Class 24425. Ranch Pleasure – under 56”

Class 24426. Ranch Pleasure – over 56”

Class 24427: Western Horsemanship First Year Walk/Trot - When entering a novice class there are some restrictions, please see a leader for clarification.

Class 24428. Western Horsemanship Junior ‑ 3rd-7th grade on Jan. 1

Class 24429. Western Horsemanship Senior ‑ 8th grade or above on Jan. 1

Class 24430. Western Horsemanship Gaited Horse – All Grades

Class 24432: Novice - When entering a novice class there are some restrictions. Please see a leader for clarification.

Class 24433. Pony‑56 in. and under

Class 24434. Horse Western‑over 56 in., Junior - 3rd-7th grade on Jan. 1

Class 24435. Horse Western‑over 56 in., Senior - 8th grade or above on Jan. 1

Class 24436. Horse Western Gaited – All Grades

Classes may be sub‑divided or combined in the event the number of entries warrant. Also the committee reserves the right to change classes being offered as the situation dictates.

High point performance rider award will be given. See Horse and Pony General Rules section, #9 and #10 for more details.

Class 24501: English Pleasure Walk/Trot 1st Year- When entering a novice class there are some restrictions, please see a leader for clarification.

Class 24502. English Pleasure (non-gaited) – 3rd – 7th grade on Jan. 1

Class 24503. English Pleasure (non-gaited) – 8th grade or above on Jan. 1

Class 24504. English Pleasure (Gaited) – All Grades

Class 24506. English Equitation (non-gaited) - 3rd – 7th grade on Jan. 1

Class 24507. English Equitation (non-gaited) - 8th grade and above on Jan. 1

Class 24508. English Equitation (Gaited) – All Grades

Class 24510. Hunter Hack – 3rd – 7th grade on Jan. 1

Class 24511. Hunter Hack - 8th grade and above on Jan. 1

Classes may be sub‑divided or combined in the event the number of entries warrant. Also the committee reserves the right to change classes being offered as the situation dictates.

High point performance rider award will be given. See Horse and Pony General Rules section, #9 and #10 for more details

Class 24601. Halter-geldings - 3rd-7th grade on Jan. 1

Class 24602. Halter‑geldings - 8th grade or above on Jan. 1

Class 24603. Halter‑mares - 3rd-7th grade on Jan. 1

Class 24604. Halter‑mares - 8th grade or above on Jan. 1

Class 24605. Halter‑ponies 56 in. and under

Champion and Reserve Champion in all halter classes will compete for Grand and Reserve Grand Champion Halter Horse.

Class 24702. First year members (does not qualify for Grand and Reserve Grand Champion class)

Class 24703. Junior Showmanship ‑ 3rd-5th grade on Jan. 1

Class 24704. Intermediate Showmanship - 6-8 grade on Jan. 1

Class 24705. Senior Showmanship‑9-12+ grade on Jan. 1

Champion and Reserve Champion in Junior, Intermediate and Senior along with miniature horse showmanship will compete for Grand and Reserve Grand Champion.

 

Wrangler Club Awards Given

Open to any age member. The award is based on attendance and participation in Wrangler, area, and state Horse & Pony activities.

 Open to any age member. A 4-Her may receive the award only twice in his or her 4-H career. Award is based on attendance and participation in Wrangler, Area, and State Horse & Pony activities.

A clean stall award will be given to a first year Wrangler member and another Wrangler member who have been judged to have the cleanest stall during the fair. Points are awarded by the chaperons and leaders over the course of fair week.

Club members will choose nominees for this award. The award is based on helpfulness, sportsmanship, and overall attitude. Leaders will choose award recipient from among the nominees if there is a tie.

Stall decorations must be made by the 4-Her. Decorations must be safe and are limited to the front of the stall. Consideration will be given to 4-Hers who incorporate the current Dubois County Fair theme into the decorations.

Awarded to the novice (1st-3rd year member) who has shown most improvement and sportsmanship throughout the 4-H year.