CENTRAL DISTRICT 4-H HORSE PROGRAM
The emphasis of the horse and pony program is on equine selection, nutrition, management, riding, recreation, fun, and horsemanship. Horseback riding provides an outdoor sports fitness program for physical, personal, and emotional development, including confidence building.
THE 4-H HORSE CLUB PLEDGE
I pledge . . .
My HEAD to clearer thinking.
Working with animals provides mental relaxation from schoolroom studies and at the same time stimulates quick thinking and alertness.
My HEART to greater loyalty.
The close bond of comradeship that develops between a horse and his master and between young people planning and working together in a common interest is conducive to a deepening sense of loyalty and consideration of others.
My HANDS to larger service.
Skillful hands are a must for a horseman. It is the touch of the hands on the reins that telegraph the rider’s wish to his mount.
My HEALTH to better living.
Out-of-door activities affect every nerve, muscle, and organ
of the body in a healthful way.
For my CLUB, my community, my country, and my world.
The associations and varied activities in 4-H Club work provide many opportunities for young people to prepare themselves for active participation in the social and economic life of their community.
Projects are available for youth owning a horse,
having access to horses,
and even to youth without horses!
4-H HORSE PROJECT GOALS
To develop leadership abilities, build character, and assume citizenship responsibilities.
To experience the pride of owning a horse or pony and being responsible for its management.
To develop an appreciation of horseback riding as a healthy and wholesome form of recreation.
To learn skill in horsemanship and to understand the business of breeding, raising, and training horses.
To increase knowledge of safety precautions needed to prevent injury to one’s self, others, and their mounts.
Virginia 4-H’s Horsemanship Skills Program emphasizes safety in all equine activities, and aims to develop horsemanship skills and recognize individual achievement in a non-competitive, progressive program. As this program is further developed, additional levels and skill sets will be added.
Beginning in 2013, 4-H’ers in Virginia who have not previously shown at the state level with their current project horse will be required to complete Horsemanship Skill Levels 1 & 2 in order to be eligible for
the 4-H Championship Horse & Pony Show.
Please go to:
For more information!
Virginia 4H All Stars
for more info:
Deadline for submission of qualifying shows and clinics
Jan. 31, 2022
Intro to EquiSmartz – Jan. 15, 2022
Central District Horse Bowl :
March 12, 2022
Midway Baptist Church, Phenix, VA
Contact Darla Marks: (434) 542-5884, firstname.lastname@example.org
EquiSmartz - April 8, 9, 10, 2022
State Educational Competition Competition to include:
4 -H State Show
Divisions to include Equitation, Showmanship, Hunter, Misc., Pleasure, Western, Gymkhana, Trail Class, Exceptional Rider, Dressage, Reining, Miniature
Sept. 8-11, 2022
Virginia Horse Center, Lexington, VA.
Please Join us! Everyone is Welcome!
Minutes from previous meetings are available below.
2022 Central District Horse Council Meetings
Dates: Feb. 10, 2022
State Fair - Horse Show Competition
Horse divisions to include Drill Team and Ranch Horse
The Meadow Event Park, Doswell, Virginia