University of Maryland Extension

Maryland 4-H Equine Showmanship and Equitation Standards

*Effective January 1, 2020 the Maryland 4-H Horsemanship Standards program is no longer in use. The program is replaced with the NEW Maryland 4-H Equine Showmanship and Equitation Standards program.
 

Overview:

The Maryland 4-H Equine Showmanship and Equitation Standards are designed to help 4-H members progressively develop horsemanship skills throughout their participation in the Maryland 4-H Horse Project. The Standards have been developed to foster learning for individuals that may or may not have access to horses on a regular basis and for those that ride English or Western disciplines.

The Maryland 4-H Equine Showmanship and Equitation Standards are divided into Knowledge, and Handling/Riding components in Four (4) Tiers. The Knowledge Tiers are designed to help members develop proper horse management and husbandry skills with emphasis on horse safety, care and riding. Completion of the Knowledge Tiers does not require the use of a live animal by the 4-H member. The Handling/Riding Tiers encourage members to become safe, effective, and confident riders with a sound knowledge of equipment and tack. 4-H members must have access to a horse either by owning, leasing, borrowing, or sharing a horse to participate in the Handling/Riding Tiers. While not required, members are encouraged to become familiar with all riding disciplines. Completion of certain Tiers may be required for participation in State and/or County 4-H Horse programs and events. Completion of Tiers is required for participation in the Maryland State Fair 4-H Horse Show and most Maryland County 4-H Horse Shows (See the Program Framework below).

Program Framework:
MD 4-H Equine Showmanship & Equitation Standards

 *Introduction Sheet: Previous Program Levels to New Program Tiers

 

Information for 4-H Members and Volunteers

I. Overview
II. References and Resource Materials
III. MD 4-H Equine Showmanship and Equitation Standards Advisory Committee
IV. General Requirements
V. Scoring the Test
VI. Responsibilities of the 4-H Member
VII. Responsibilities of the Examiner
VIII. Reasons to Excuse Horse or Rider From Testing
IX. How to Organize Horsemanship Standards Testing Session
X. Rider Turnout Checklist
XI. Required Apparel
XII. Horse Turnout Checklist
Knowledge and Handling/Riding Scoresheets (coming soon)
How do previous Maryland 4-H Horsemanship Standards Levels transfer to the new Maryland 4-H Equine Showmanship & Equitation Standards Tiers?
For more information contact Becca Gunderson at regunder@umd.edu
 

Information for Examiners

How do I become an examiner?
To be an approved Maryland 4-H Equine Showmanship & Equitation Standards Examiner, individuals MUST be a certified UME Volunteer. Individuals must complete the required training sessions and pass the required exams (80% or above)*. Training sessions will be conducted using various methods which may include webinars, online, and face-to-face sessions. Examiner tests will be completed online. Examiner tests may be taken as open-book tests. At no time may any individual taking this test receive assistance from another individual.
NOTE: All previous Maryland 4-H Horsemanship Standards Examiners must participate in a NEW Program Orientation session and pass an exam about the new program.
Become a certified UME Volunteer. [ link to https://extension.umd.edu/4-h/volunteers]
Examiner Training Dates (Examiners must participate in a Maryland 4-H Equine Showmanship & Equitation Standards Webinars and pass an exam) 
 
For more information contact Becca Gunderson at regunder@umd.edu 
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