The Georgia National Fairgrounds turn green the second full week June every year as 4-H’ers from across the state travel with their equine show partners to participate in the Georgia 4-H State Horse Show.

Over a span of five days 4-H’ers will have the opportunity to compete in six different disciplines, build their equine networks, and make memories that will last long after the fairgrounds gates close. This show for many is the highlight of their horse show career and for many others this show serves as a platform to further their experiences. To be fair, there are many other horse shows for youth to participate in Georgia where they may also reach high levels of success. However, the Georgia 4-H State Horse Show is special and getting your child involved in the show a decision you will not regret. Still not convinced?

“Being in Georgia 4-H and showing in 4-H State Horse Shows created some of the best memories of my childhood. Not only was this horse show a great way to meet other like-minded 4-H’ers they also provided me with opportunities to grow professionally through a variety of contests that serve to teach hard work, dedication, and sportsmanship. I would highly recommend the State 4-H Horse Show to any child looking to grow in their horsemanship skills in a competitive and fun atmosphere both in and out of the show ring.”

Chelsea Pusbach, Georgia 4-H Alumni

Entering the Georgia State 4-H Horse Show

  • The State 4-H Horse Show is open to 4-H members in the fourth through twelfth grade. Not a member of 4-H? Membership to 4-H if free! Just go to your County Extension/4-H Office to sign up. If you are not sure where your local office is visit the UGA Extension website to find out. Make sure you check if your county has earlier deadlines for the State 4-H Horse Show!
  • Ponies, horses and mules must be owned or leased by the 4-H’er by March 1st. It is acceptable for a registered animal to have the parents or grandparents of the 4-H’ers listed as the owner. Siblings can share a horse as long as they are in different age divisions.
  • Fill out the Intent to Show Form for each horse/rider combination by March 15th. Only the ponies/horses/mules that have an Intent to Show Form can be registered for the Georgia State 4-H Horse Show. Along with the Intent to Show Form, a color photo of horse, and proof of ownership must be attached. There is not a limit on how many animals a 4-H’ers can submit for Intent to Show.
  • Complete the requirements for the Georgia 4-H Novice Horseman Handbook.
  • Register for classes by May 7th. A copy of your horse’s Coggins, the Georgia 4-H Code of Conduct and Medical Release Form must be submitted along with your registration. A 4-H’er can register up to three horses for the State 4-H Horse Show.
  • Read through the rulebook for the State 4-H Horse Show, especially the divisions which you will be competing in!

Caitlin Jackson, American Dorper Sheep Breeders Society