2024 Horse Project Important Dates

March 21st, 2024 Mandatory Horse EquiStep Safety Training & Updates for ALL Horse Exhibitors and Advisors 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM, Jackson County Fairgrounds
April 14th, 2024 Spring Trail Ride 1:30 PM, Hammertown Lake
May 18th, 2024

Mandatory Horse Check-In & Clinic

Coggins Tests, Permission to Participate, Horse Leases, and Registration ID Forms due

9:00 AM - 1:00 PM, Jackson County Fairgrounds
July 15th, 2024 Junior Fair Horse Show (Showmanship & Horsemanship) 6:30 PM, Horse Arena
July 17th, 2024 Junior Fair Horse Show (Contest) 6:30 PM, Horse Arena
July 18th, 2024 Junior Fair Horse Fun Show 6:30 PM, Horse Arena


Other dates to add to your calendar: 

FREE Open Ride Nights (4-H Youth Only) @ Fairgrounds

  • May 19th, 2024 from 1:00 - 4:00 PM
  • May 26th, 2024 from 1:00 - 4:00 PM
  • June 2nd, 2024 from 1:00 - 4:00 PM
  • June 9th, 2024 from 1:00 - 4:00 PM
  • June 16th, 2024 from 1:00 - 4:00 PM



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 21st from 6:00 - 8:00 PM at the Jackson County Fairgrounds. 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. 

Mandatory Horse Check-In & Clinic

ALL 4-H members planning to exhibit their horses at the 2024 Jackson County Junior Fair should bring their horses to the Fairgrounds on Saturday, May 18th from 9:00 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. During check-in, exhibitors will complete their FairEntry entries, body conditioning, and have the opportunity to open ride in the arena. An educational clinic will be offered following the check in at 11:00 AM. All horse exhibitors should plan to attend for the entire session. PLEASE SEE YOUR EMAIL FOR MORE INFORMATION. 

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 for the Ohio State Fair are due ONLINE by June 21st, 2023.