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.


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!


    • 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.

Horsemanship Skills

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:

Virginia State 4-H Horse Program

For more information!

Virginia 4H All Stars

for more info:


2022 Events

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, dmarks@vt.edu

EquiSmartz - April 8, 9, 10, 2022

State Educational Competition Competition to include:

  • Horse Judging,

  • Hippology,

  • Horse Bowl,

  • Presentation Contests

4 -H State Show

Divisions to include Equitation, Showmanship, Hunter, Misc., Pleasure, Western, Gymkhana, Trail Class, Exceptional Rider, Dressage, Reining, Miniature

Please Join us! Everyone is Welcome!

Minutes from previous meetings are available below.

District Meeting


2022 Central District Horse Council Meetings

Dates: Feb. 10, 2022


State Fair - Horse Show Competition

Horse divisions to include Drill Team and Ranch Horse

  • TBA

  • The Meadow Event Park, Doswell, Virginia

The Central District 4-H Horse Council is a part of the

Virginia State 4-H Horse Program