Horse Project Hippology/Horse judging practice

Horse Sense Spin Club includes Hippology, Horse Bowl, and Horse Judging practice. 

Contest dates: 

  1. Virtual Horse Bowl & Hippology is March 13
  2. Horse Judging is TBD for mid April


Practice Dates:

Monday nights from Jan. 25 - March 8 at 6:30 pm.

We will be in different barns to do socially distanced, but live practices with horses, equipment, and study resources. It is weather dependent, but dress appropriately and wear masks. 

For information on practice locations and cancellations, please join the 4-H Horse Sense Club Remind app via this link below:


HORSE SENSE is the study group that gathers to study for Horse Bowl and Hippology.

  • Anyone is welcome to drop in to study or give horse bowl and hippology a try. Study groups will be split between junior (ages 8-13) and senior (14-19).
  • Topics covered may include: horse anatomy and physiology, diseases, evolution, behavior, nutrition, breeds, tack and equine activities.
  • Teaching may include hands-on, question and answer, multiple choice tests, slide identification, etc.
  • Study sessions will help prepare youth for horse bowl and hippology competition.
  • Independent study will also be recommended. 

You DO NOT need a horse to participate!

NEW to 4-H members are welcome to JOIN!

New members will need to enroll in Horse Sense Club: See 4-H Online 2.0 guide for enrollment information. 

Horse Project Resources

2019-2020 McHenry County 4-H Horse Project Packet

McHenry County 4-H Horse Project Videos

What you NEED to know:

The 2019-2020 horse & pony project has the following requirements:

1. April 10    Enrolled in “4HOnline” with “Horse” project

2. May 1  Green sheets, permission to participate

3. June 14   Fair Enrollment is due online in “Fair Entry”

4. June 14   Must have taken Ethics at least ONE time in 4-H career- 

5. May – June   Attend a minimum of one (1) week night warm-up with at least one (1) green sheeted horse OR produce photo/video proof of horse show participation with a show bill signed by a show manager with one (1) green sheeted horse.


What is Horsemaster?

Horsemaster is a special award given to one junior and one senior horse project member who have shown the most interest and enthusiasm through their participation in all aspects of the horse project. Horsemasters are recognized on 4-H Night during the fair, and presented with an award. Horsemasters will also serve as the horse show color guard on show day. You do not need a horse to participate. Some dates below are TBD (to be determined). For competitions, please see the 2020 Horse Project Packet and the supplemental state contest information sheet for contest details

For State Horse Events: visit the state website