4-H Horse & Pony Department
Judging Time: See Showbill at bottom of page
1. All 4-H members are required to wear a properly fitted ASTM or SEI standard F1163 (or above) certified helmet whenever mounted, or driving, at a 4-H horse and pony event, show, or activity. The 4-H member is responsible to see that this specified headgear is properly fitted with the approved harness fastened in place whenever mounted. Original tags must be present in all approved helmets. This policy applies to all county, area, and state 4-H horse and pony events, shows, and activities.
2. All 4-H exhibitors who participate in the 4-H Horse & Pony project, shows, events or activities must jointly sign along with their parents/guardians the hold harmless release
waiver portion of the 4-H Program Enrollment Form. This hold harmless release waiver releases and discharges the Putnam County 4-H program, the Indiana State Fair, the Indiana 4-H program, and their component members and successors from liability by reason of injury to persons and/or property, including death.
3. All horses may be checked in on Friday, July, 19th from 6 pm to 9 pm or on Saturday, July 20th from 6 am to 1 pm. All exhibits must arrive and be stalled by 1 PM Saturday, July 20th . Horses will be released at 6am on Saturday, July 27th. Any horses remaining after noon on Friday must stay and be released Saturday morning after 6:00 a.m.
4. 4-H exhibits must remain on exhibit at the Putnam County Fair until established release time, unless approved by the Superintendent or 4-H Youth Educator. For any exhibit removed from display prior to the official release time, placings and prizes (ribbons, medals, trophies, etc) will be forfeited. The current year Achievement Program recognition for that project will be forfeited.
5. To be eligible to show at the Putnam County Fair a 4-H’er must:
a) Attend five (5) club meetings and provided clinics;
b) Participate in club activities such as judging team, demonstration contest, speech contest, fund raising events, and Area V contests.
6. To be eligible to show at the County, Area, and State Shows, official 4-H Horse and Pony enrollment form must be completed and on file in the Extension Office by date set forth by Extension office and leader.
Note: All classes shall be judged by the current edition of the Indiana 4-H Horse & Pony Rule Book (4-H 661), if classes are not in the rule book, classes will be judged by local rules, except where it pertains to safety then it must also follow the safety rules of the Indiana 4-H Rule Book.
7. Any horse or pony exhibited must be shown and owned by the 4-H’er or owned in partnership with the 4-H’er’s father, mother, brother, sister, aunt, uncle, grandparent, or legal guardian. The only exception is that a leased horse or pony may be shown if the leasing follows the Putnam County policy regarding leases.
8. If a 4-H member leases a horse or pony as their project, one and only one animal may be shown by the 4-H member.
9. The 4-H member and the leaser must both sign a lease agreement, which will be brought before the horse and pony board and signed by the leader and extension office. Animals must be in the 4-H member’s ownership/approved lease and records started prior to May 15th. This ownership/approved lease shall be continuous throughout the Putnam County Fair and until after the Indiana State Fair, if showing at the State Fair.
10. No stallions are eligible to show except as weanlings.
11.No animal may be substituted or traded for the original animal after May 1, without permission of the horse and pony board. If a substitution is allowed that animal will not be eligible to show at the State Fair.
12.Since no animal under 40” may be ridden, animals in performance classes listed as 56” and under MUST be over 40”.
13.All animals 56” and under must be measured by a certified measurer for the proper enrollment form.
Weanlings, yearlings and two-year-old animals must show at the height of the dam, except if height exceeds dam. Height will be measured from the ground up to the withers and each animal will be measured once. In determining the official measurement of an animal with shoes 1/4” will be deducted.
14. A member may exhibit only one animal per class. A member may exhibit no more than two horses plus a mare and foal (one unit) or three horses. An animal may be shown by only one 4-H member. One of the enrolled animals must be stalled and shown during the county fair.
15. Classes will be provided for registered and grade animals as one.
16. Classes will be provided for all animals properly enrolled in the Horse and Pony Project. All animals must be in the 4-H members’ possession by May 1st.
17. There will be three calls for the class and participants must be in the make-up ring. Saddle changes should be brought to the attention of the gate person and the ring steward. Once the gate is closed no one will be allowed to enter.
18. January 1st will be considered the birthday of all animals.
19. Contesting horses will be brought to the arena in a controlled manner as determined by the judge before beginning the pattern. Assistance may be given by one (1) person of contestants’ choice (not show personnel). Any changes in this procedure will be announced before the class. Failure to enter or leave the arena in a controlled manner will result in disqualification, at the discretion of the judge. Running or galloping into the arena is an automatic disqualification, at the discretion of the judge.
20. Only 4-H Horse & Pony members may ride, lunge, or drive 4-H animals on the show grounds. Animals are not to be ridden on the fairgrounds except in the warm-up arena or outdoor arena at scheduled times. Failure to comply will result in loss of awards and dismissal from the show grounds.
21. 4-H’er’s entered in over-fences classes may walk the course without their horse or pony for five (5) minutes prior to the over-fences classes. Hunter Hack entries will not walk the course.
22. All animals must be shown by the 4-H member with no assistance from any other person other than another Putnam County 4-H member. If in the opinion of the project leaders, the exhibitor cannot safely handle the animal, the member will be credited with completion if all other requirements are met.
23. 4-H members must show their own animals. In cases where this cannot be done, the owner may have their
animals shown by another 4-H Horse and Pony exhibitor (in conformation classes only). Substitute showmen must be approved in writing by the 4-H show manager 24 hours prior to the showing of the animal(s) needing a substitute showman. Requests will only be granted for medical emergencies, conflicts with showing other animals, or desperate circumstances deemed unavoidable by the 4-H show manager. Failure to be excused from a job and/or participation in a sporting event or sports practice will not result in a substitute showman being granted.
24. Winners of the Versatility Class are not eligible to compete in that class in future years.
25. The decision of the judges will be final. Questions concerning terms and conditions are to be presented to the 4-H show manger for consideration.
26. A negative Coggins test is not required, but is recommended.
27. Fans must have proper safety approved shrouds.
28. Read health terms and conditions, general terms and conditions and ownership terms and conditions located in the front of the Indiana State Fair 4-H/FFA book. Especially note terms and conditions on behavior, tampering, misrepresentation, drugs, etc.
29. 4-H animals purchased, sold or offered for sale after the enrollment deadline and prior to the Indiana State Fair (including animals that have gone through a “Premium Only Auction”), shall not be eligible to show in the 4-H show at the Indiana State Fair.
30. Each 4-H Horse & Pony member wishing to exhibit at the Indiana State Fair 4-H must fill out and return to the respective County Extension office an official Indiana 4-H Horse & Pony enrollment form (4-H 516) prior to May 15th. 4-H members in good standing are eligible to show their enrolled horse at the Indiana State Fair.
31. The State Fair show committee reserves the right to measure and verify the I.D. of any horse or pony entered in the State Fair Horse and Pony Show. Only one (1) measurement will then be made, and that measurement will supersede previous measurements.
THE LEVEL OF THE 4-H MEMBER FOR SHOW PURPOSES SHALL BE:
JUNIORS - Grades 3 through 7
SENIORS - Grades 8 and Up
as of January 1st of the current year.
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