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||
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
Horse PROJECT FORMS & RESOURCES
- Ohio 4-H Horse Project Resources
- Permission to Participate in 4-H Horse Activities Form DOWNLOAD: PDF
- Species Guide for First-Year Projects COMING SOON
Horse Lease Guidelines DOWNLOAD: PDF
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.
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.
OHIO STATE FAIR:
4-H youth interested in exhibiting horses at the Ohio State Fair should visit: https://www.ohiostatefair.com/p/get-involved/livestock/livestock-competitions.
Horse Show entries are due ONLINE by June 21st, 2023.