2023 Horse Project Important Dates

March 16th, 2023 Mandatory Horse EquiStep Safety Training & Updates for ALL Horse Exhibitors and Advisors 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM, Jackson OSU Extension Office
May 20th, 2023 Mandatory Horse Check-In 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM, Fairgrounds
May 20th, 2023 Permission to Participate, Horse Leases, and Registration Forms due 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM, Fairgrounds 
May 20th, 2023 Jackson County 4-H Horse Clinic 1:00 PM, Fairgrounds
June 9-10, 2023 Jackson County 4-H Horse Youth Lock-In & Fun Show

Register by June 1st at

Arrival Friday @ 5:30 PM, Fairgrounds

Show Saturday @ 10:00 AM

July 17th, 2023 Junior Fair Horse Show (Contest) see full schedule for detials
July 19th, 2023 Junior Fair Horse Show (Pleasure) see full schedule for detials
July 20th, 2023 Junior Fair Horse Fun Show see full schedule for detials


Other dates to add to your calendar: 

  • Saturday, June 3rd: National Barrel Horse Association (NBHA) Show @ Jackson County Fairgrounds
  • Sunday, June 4th: Jackson County Barrel Show @ Jackson County Fairgrounds
  • Saturday, June 17th: Ohio State Fair Qualifying Show @ Scioto County Fairgrounds
  • Saturday, August 5th: Southern Ohio Quarter Pony Show @ Jackson County Fairgrounds
  • September 8-9th: Henderson's Horse-A-Rama @ Henderson's Arena




Mandatory horse safety training & updates

ALL 4-H Horse Exhibitors and Advisors are required to attend the Mandatory Horse EquiStep Safety Training & Updates, which will be held on Thursday, March 16th from 6:00 - 8:00 PM at the Jackson OSU Extension Office. Advisors and Exhibitors will recieve required EquiStep training and learn more about changes and updates to the Ohio 4-H Horse program.


EQUISTEP (Equine Safety, Training, and Education Program)

ALL 4-H Horse Exhibitors are required to complete EquiSTEP Training. EquiSTEP is an annual statewide requirement for all youth participating in Ohio 4-H Horse Program activities and is similar to the Assuring Quality Care of Animals (QA) Training for Market Livestock Exhibitors. Horse exhibitors are not required to complete QA unless they are also exhibiting a market animal project at the Fair. EquiSTEP replaces the statewide requirement of reading the Horses, Safety, and You (191R) resource and viewing the Every Time, Every Ride and Horses, Kids, and Ethics videos for youth and their families who are new to the 4-H horse program. The EquiSTEP curriculum focuses on helmet safety, equine safety & handling, equine health & nutrition, and sportsmanship. 

Horse Check-In

ALL 4-H members planning to exhibit their horses at the 2023 Jackson County Junior Fair should bring their horses to the Fairgrounds on Saturday, May 20th from 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM for the mandatory horse health and safety check-in. Exhibitors should turn in their leasing and registration forms at the check-in. A short clinic will be offered following the check in at 1:00 PM. 

Horseless Horse Showmanship Class

All 4-H youth enrolled in the Horseless Horse project have the opportunity to participate in a special showmanship class during the fair. Youth will work with a horse exhibitor to learn horse showmanship and get a chance to enter the ring as a horse exhibitor themselves. Sign ups will be available at the fair!


4-H youth interested in exhibiting horses at the Ohio State Fair should visit:

Horse Show entries are due ONLINE by June 21st, 2023.