Horse Program

Delaware County 4-H has an outstanding horse program.  We offer educational clinics, shows, horse bowl, hippology, public presentations and more.

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DELAWARE COUNTY 4-H HORSE ADVISORY COMMITTEE MEMBERS

Dawn Brown, Joyce Curtin, Karleen DuMond, Jackie Losie, Rich Pernice and Bill Sherman

John Hannum, 4-H Team Leader

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DELAWARE COUNTY 4-H HORSE CLUBS

Central Delaware Clovers – Dawn Brown, Leader

East Branch Mini Mania – Lori Lamica-Nelson, Leader

Kids -n- Kritters – Karleen DuMond, Leader

This -n- That Country Crew – Brittney O’Brien, Leader

Thundering Hooves – Joyce Curtin, Leader

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ANIMAL OWNERSHIP & REGISTRATION GUIDELINES

Horses must be owned/leased by June 1 of the current 4-H year.

NON-OWNERSHIP ANIMAL PROJECTS (4-Hers who do NOT already own stock are eligible)

Did you know that people who do not live on a farm or do not have registered stock can still have a 4-H animal project? The 4-H Non-ownership Animal Project allows 4-Hers the chance to care for an animal and show it just as their own.

Please keep in mind the philosophy of the non-ownership policy.  The purpose IS NOT to save money on registration transfers or to allow an individual to search until he/she obtains the best possible show animal.  Like wise, if the actual owner insists on showing the youth’s non-owned animal at a non 4-H event, we do not have any right to dictate rules against it.  However, the purpose of the non-ownership is to allow youth to CARE for a 4-H project animal that he/she might not otherwise have had the opportunity to care for.

A completed 4-H Non-ownership Animal Project Certificate is required in order to participate.  It is also strongly recommended that a 4-H Animal Lease Agreement be completed as well.

  • Non-ownership IS NOT available to youth already owning an animal of that species
  • Non-ownership animal limits
    • BEEF CATTLESWINE and SHEEPONE (1) non-owned animal per species
    • HORSEONE (1) – The only exceptions are donkey, mule, miniature equine, and driving equine (used only for driving) – in which case a youth may own or lease an equine and also lease a donkey, mule, miniature equine and driving equine (used only for driving)
    • DAIRY CATTLE (non-milking), DAIRY GOAT and/or MEAT GOATTWO (2) non-owned animals per species – but may only show one animal, per species, per youth fair, youth exhibition or 4-H show/exhibition – this applies to the county and state level – Youth who own dairy goats can adopt ONE (1) meat goat; youth who own meat goats can adopt ONE (1) dairy goat
  • Non-owned animals must meet all requirements (dates, registration, health, etc.) pertinent to that species
  • Non-ownership deadlines
    • JUNE 1 of the current year for HORSES
    • JUNE 15 of the current year for DAIRY CATTLE (non-milking), BEEF CATTLE (non-auction), DAIRY GOAT, MEAT GOAT, SHEEP and SWINE – Except for horses and beef steers for auction
  • Auction animals ARE NOT eligible for the 4-H Non-ownership Animal Project
  • Completed copies of the 4-H Non-ownership Animal Project Certificate and 4-H Animal Lease Agreement must be on file at the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Delaware County office by: JUNE 1 of the current year for horses and JUNE 15 of the current year for all other species.
  • Completed copies of the 4-H Non-ownership Animal Project Certificate and 4-H Animal Lease Agreement form, signed by all parties, must be presented at the Delaware County Fair and the Farmers’ Museum Junior Livestock Show, along with appropriate health and registration papers.

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NYS 4-H HORSE CERTIFICATE & 4-H ANIMAL LEASE AGREEMENT (due by June 1

A Horse Certificate must be filled out for each project horse.  It is also strongly recommended that a 4-H Animal Lease Agreement be completed as well.  Project horses may be owned or leased.  A family can designate all of their horses as project horses.  For county fair and clinics, more than one non-leased horse can be designated as a project horse, but for the state fair, the state fair show guidelines below must be followed.

NYS 4 H Horse Certificate (fillable format)

4-H Animal Lease Agreement

The Extension office needs copies of the following paperwork:

  1. 4-H Member Enrollment Forms for the current 4-H year – re-enrollments are due NOW – new membership taken up until March 29, 2019
  2. NYS 4-H Horse Certificate – due June 1
  3. 4-H Animal Lease Agreement (if applicable) – due June 1
  4. Release for Participation Form – due w/May Clinic registration or June 1
  5. Horse Acknowledgment of Risk Form – due w/May Clinic registration or June 1
  6. Current Negative Coggins (for 2019 a test from 2018 or 2019) – due w/May Clinic registration or June 1
  7. Proof of Rabies Vaccination (Rabies is yearly, please check the date on your Rabies paperwork) – due w/May Clinic registration or June 1

If you are participating in the May Clinic WITH A HORSE, Release for Youth Participation form, Horse Acknowledgment of Risk form, Coggins certificate and proof of Rabies are due with the registration forms.  Otherwise, the above paperwork is due June 1 with the Horse Certificate and Lease Agreement.

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HEALTH CERTIFICATE

Required if your horse is boarded outside of New York State. Can be obtained from your vet.

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RIDING EVALUATIONS

ALL 4-Hers, regardless of age, should be evaluated  by their leaders/trainers prior to riding in 4-H clinics and/or shows. 

Riding Evaluation forms need to be completed and on file at the Extension office for:

  1. Cloverbuds who would like to ride in Walk/Trot classes
  2. 4-Hers who would like to move up from Walk/Trot to Walk/Trot/Canter
  3. New 4-H members who are over 7 years of age and enrolling in the horse project for the first time

Riding evaluations will be completed by leaders and/or trainers.  John Hannum, 4-H Team Leader, will give final approval with the recommendation from the leader/trainer.  Leaders must see the individual ride/drive or have the trainer sign off on riders/drivers skills. 

Riding Evaluation CLOVERBUD

Riding Evaluation RIDING LEVEL

Riding Evaluation DRIVING LEVEL

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PLEASE NOTE…

YEARLY 4-H HORSE REQUIREMENTS DISCONTINUED

At the November 2018 organizational meeting, the 4-H Horse Advisory Committee voted to discontinue the 4-H horse requirements for the Delaware County Fair. 

However, for educational purposes, we hope that youth will take advantage of the program opportunities provided to them (i.e.: public presentations, horse bowl, hippology, clinics, shows, drill team, 5 Star Program, etc.).  While 4-H Horse Project Records will also not be required, they are a valuable learning tool and we hope that youth will continue to complete them and submit them for review.  Submitted 4-H Horse Project Records will receive a ribbon and premium at the Delaware County Fair.

Our purpose as an organization is education.  Our hopes are that 4-H members will feel the programs and events being offered are good learning experiences and will WANT to participate, rather being a requirement and HAVE to attend.

Although participation requirements have been discontinued, the following paperwork will still be required to be submitted in a timely manner:

  1. 4-H Member Enrollment Forms for the current 4-H year – re-enrollments are due NOW – new membership taken up until March 29, 2019
  2. NYS 4-H Horse Certificate – due June 1
  3. 4-H Animal Lease Agreement (if applicable) – due June 1
  4. Release for Participation Form – due w/May Clinic registration or June 1
  5. Horse Acknowledgment of Risk Form – due w/May Clinic registration or June 1
  6. Current Negative Coggins (for 2019 a test from 2018 or 2019) – due w/May Clinic registration or June 1
  7. Proof of Rabies Vaccination (Rabies is yearly, please check the date on your Rabies paperwork) – due w/May Clinic registration or June 1

If you are participating in the May Clinic WITH A HORSE, Release of Youth Participation form, Horse Acknowledgment of Risk form, Coggins certificate and proof of Rabies are due with the May Clinic registration form.  Otherwise, the above paperwork is due June 1 with the Horse Certificate and Lease Agreement.

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HORSE PROGRAMS & EVENTS for the 2018-2019 4-H Year

FALL 4-H HORSE CLINIC

Saturday, November 17, 2018; 11 am – 2 pm

SUNY Delhi College Farm

A Fall 4-H Horse Clinic will be held at the SUNY Delhi College Farm on Saturday, November 17, 2018 from 11 am to 2 pm.

Topics: Parasitology (bring a sample of your horse’s stool); Nutrition; etc.

All 4-HERS ARE WELCOME!!!  You do not need to own a horse to participate.  If you are interested in learning about horses, come on down to the college farm.

To register, please contact the Extension office: [email protected]; 607-865-6531.

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4-H HORSE BOWL & HIPPOLOGY

A team event that uses a question and answer format with game show style buzzers to learn information about horses.  Winners may be eligible to compete at the district, state, and national levels.

2019 Dates

Fridays: January 25; February 1, 8, 15, 22; March 1; 6:30 pm

Cornell Cooperative Extension, Hamden

Dawn Brown, Coach

For more information or questions, please email Dawn at [email protected]

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PUBLIC PRESENTATIONS

Two Saturdays: February 2 and 9, 2019; 9 am – Noon

Both Saturdays at Cornell Cooperative Extension, Hamden

Presenters may be eligible to compete at the district and state levels.

Visit the Public Presentations page for more presentation information.

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MAY 4-H HORSE CLINIC

May: TBA

Delaware County Fairgrounds, Walton

Jackie Losie, Chairperson

More info to come.

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JULY 4-H HORSE SHOW

July: TBA

More info to come.

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DELAWARE COUNTY FAIR 

2019 4-H Horse Shows: Tuesday, August 13 and Wednesday, August 14

Bill Sherman, 4-H Horse Superintendent

Please Note: Horse requirements to enter in the Delaware County 4-H horse show have been discontinued.  See ‘Yearly 4-H Horse Requirements Discontinued’ section above.

Visit the Delaware County Fair page for more information on entering in the 4-H horse shows.

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NEW YORK STATE FAIR

NYS Fair Rule/Non-Owned Equines: The exhibitor shall exhibit no more than one non-owned equine in the state show.  Multiple exhibitors may show the same equine, but must exhibit the animal in different divisions (Saddle Seat, Hunt Seat, Western, Gymkhana, etc.) NOT junior or senior exhibitor.  The exhibitor is not allowed to show an owned and a non-owned horse.

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4-H HORSE PROGRAM FORMS and PUBLICATIONS

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Contact
John Hannum
4-H Team Leader 
[email protected]
(607) 865-6531