Each spring, the State 4-H Hippology contest is held in Athens, Georgia at the UGA Instructional Arena, held in conjunction with the State Horse Judging competition. This contest is open to 4-H’ers from all over Georgia. County teams of up to twenty members compete against one another.

Practical application of knowledge and skills is demonstrated through a written test, a skill station, a judging competition and a team problems component in which team members’ work together to solve a specific issue as it relates to equine management. Participants must work with three or four team members in this equine event.

Top teams and individuals are recognized, and awards are given. The State Winning Senior Team and the High Individual will be invited to attend the State Winners’ Recognition Banquet held at State Congress in July and will be eligible for Master 4-H Status.

The top four members of the first place senior team will be declared the state winning team. This team and the coach will be invited to represent Georgia at the Quarter Horse Congress in Ohio. The first and second place senior team has the opportunity to participate in the Southern Regional 4-H Horse Championships Hippology Contest in Perry, GA.

County teams begin forming and practices begin about two months before the State Contest. Contact your local County Extension office to sign up now.

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