Horse Program

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

ANIMAL OWNERSHIP & REGISTRATION GUIDELINES Horses must be owned/leased by June 15

NYS HORSE CERTIFICATE (due by June 15)  Must be filled out for each project horse.  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.

HEALTH CERTIFICATE – Required if your horse is boarded outside of NYS. Can be obtained from your vet.

YEARLY 4-H HORSE REQUIREMENTS – In order to compete in the Delaware County Fair 4-H Horse Show, each 4-H member must participate in two of the following activities; AND complete a 4-H Horse Record Book.  Cloverbud members are encouraged to complete a 4-H Horse Record Book, but it is not required.

  • Active Member in a Delaware County 4-H Horse Club – to date, there are three (3) horse clubs [Central Delaware Clovers; Kids -n- Kritters; Thundering Hooves]
  • Horse Bowl & Hippology
  • Public Presentations – (does not need to be a horse presentation) February 3, 2018 at the Deposit Central School from 9 am-Noon; February 10, 2018 at Cornell Cooperative Extension, Hamden from 9 am to 1 pm
  • Fall Clinic – November 19, 2017 – SUNY Delhi College Farm – 1-4 pm – open to ALL 4-Hers – there will not be an April Clinic in 2018 – the Fall Clinic replaces the April Clinic and can be used to fulfill county fair requirements
  • May Clinic (one day) & July Show (NYS Fair 4-H Qualifying Show)
  • Drill Team (must attend 8 practices)
  • 5-STAR Program (completion of a level)
  • Community Service project(s) to meet their requirements.  Community service projects must be approved by either John Hannum, 4-H Team Leader or the 4-H member’s club leader.  If you are an Independent Member, community service project approval must be made by John Hannum, 4-H Team Leader.
  • Other Approved Horse Related Activity, Clinic, etc.

REQUIRED FORMS (download at bottom of page):

Release forms for Youth Participation and Acknowledgment of Risk forms must be filled out in order for youth to participate in clinics and horse shows.  Youth cannot participate without these forms being on file with the Extension office by MAY 1st.

*The Extension office needs a COPY of a current negative Coggins and proof of Rabies vaccination.  Coggins tests are current for two years (a test from 2017 or 2018 is acceptable).  Rabies is yearly, so check the date on your Rabies paperwork.  You may be valid for the May Clinic, but expired for the NYS 4-H Fair Qualifying Show.  Also, please do not wait until May to call the vet!  Get your tests done early, because the vets are vey busy in the spring.  According to Ag & Markets Law, it is illegal to transport a horse without proof of a negative Coggins test.  Rabies vaccination is needed to meet fair requirements.  No exceptions.


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.  Practice usually begins in January.  The team will be coached by Bill Sherman. For more information or questions, please email Bill at [email protected].


The above requirements must be met.  More information is available on the Delaware County Fair page.


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.


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