Horse Project Resources

For IL State Horse Events and Information: visit the state website


What you NEED to know:

The 2020-2021 horse & pony project has the following requirements:

April 30: Enrolled in “4HOnline” with “Horse” project

May 1:  Green sheets, permission to participate. All exhibitors participating in the 4-H Horse Show must have an approved green registration sheet with a picture of the horse or pony to be shown on file at the Extension office by May 1. Pictures of foals must be on file at the Extension office by July 10. NO substitution of horses or ponies can be made after deadline. Exhibitors may submit green sheets for up to five (5) horses or ponies.

June 14: Fair Enrollment is due online in “Fair Entry”

May 17 – June: Week Night Warm-ups are moving to MONDAYS beginning MAY 17

  • To be eligible to show an equine at the 4-H horse show at the county fair, project members must meet all 4-H and horse project requirement of attendance at ONE week night warm-up with horse OR produce photo/video proof of horse show participation with a green sheeted horse and a show bill signed by a show manager AND at least ONE

July 1: 4-H/FFA Quality Assurance And Ethics certification paper. Ethics is available on-line and must be completed by July 1, 2021. All youth MUST take QAEC (Ethics) and Horse section at least ONE time as a 4-H member.

Negative Coggins Test conducted within last 12 months is required for all horses & ponies 12 months of age & older will be required at registration at the show.


MCHENRY COUNTY 4-H HORSEMASTER AWARD  (Not applicable for 2021)

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


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.