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Maryland 4-H State Horse Hippology Contest


Hippology, directly derived, means "the study of horses." The state hippology contest rigorously tests the 4Her's intimate knowledge of horses and horse related items. At the junior and intermediate level, there are two parts: a written exam and an identification table. The senior level, as of last year, added a slide section to the other two parts to emulate the national program. Awards are given for individuals and teams, and the top four individuals qualify to compete at the Eastern National Horse Roundup.

2019 Hippology Contest:

Date: Saturday, June 15, 2019
Location: Howard County Fairgrounds
Contact: Contact: Rebecca Gunderson OR Chris Anderson at

CLICK for   2019 Hippology Rules and Regulations

Tentative Schedule:
8:00am - Registration 
8:30am - Orientation
9:00am - Examination Phase of Hippology Contest
10:00am - Horse Judging Contest/Judging Phase of Hippology-Conformation
11:30am - Horse Judging Contest/Judging Phase of Hippology-Performance
12:45pm - Lunch
1:15pm - Horse Judging Contest - Reasons, Hippology - Station Phase (after participants give reasons)
5:00pm - Awards Ceremony 

Past Contests

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