Demonstrate your knowledge of equine related subject matter in a competitive setting where attitudes of friendliness and fairness prevail. The contest operates very similar to scholastic bowls at school! You must pre-qualify at a regional contest to advance to state competition.

Youth with an interest and knowledge in horses won’t want to miss a chance to enter one of our four regional Horse Bowl contests. Junior teams include 4-H members age 8 to 13. Senior teams are 14 and older as of Jan. 1, 2020. Qualifying teams and individuals will advance to the State contests to be held April 19 in Champaign.

The Horse Bowl is similar to academic scholastic bowls except all the questions relate to horses! Participants do not need to have horses or be enrolled in the horse project to participate.


The State Horse Bowl Contest will take place on Sunday April 19 in the Education Building, 1310 S. Sixth Street, Champaign. It is located just south & slightly west of DKH where Hippology & Speech are on Saturday.


Registration will start at 8 a.m. in the basement of the Education Bldg. Coaches meering will immediately follow completed registration.  

Regional Qualifying Contests

Only youth who qualify in a regional contest may compete in the state contest. Choose your closest contest from the list below:

  • SOUTHERN REGIONAL HORSE BOWL & HIPPOLOGY: March 28 at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. Contact Melissa Wilson:, 618-252-8391.
  • NORTHEAST REGIONAL HORSE BOWL & HIPPOLOGY: March 28 at Emily G. Johns Intermediate School (off Rt. 34). Contact Kim Eisnaugle:
  • NORTHWEST REGIONAL HORSE BOWL & HIPPOLOGY: April 4 at Knoxville High School; Contact Shelby Carlson:, 309-342-5108.
  • CENTRAL REGIONAL HORSE BOWL & HIPPOLOGY: April 4 at Lincoln Land College, Springfield. Contact Carissa Davis:, 217-732-8289.


Open to youth who were 8 to 18 years of age on September 1, 2019. Winners advance from regional competition to the state contest. Junior division: (8 to 13), Senior division: (14 to 18)

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