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Maryland 4-H State Horse Judging Contest

The Maryland 4-H State Horse Judging Contest tests the 4-Her's knowledge of horse conformation and way of going. The contest has a mixture of halter and under saddle (or in harness) classes with 4 horses to judge in each class. After placing the classes and enjoying a short lunch, contestants are required to defend their placings for classes by giving "oral reasons" to the judges. Awards are granted in the senior, intermediate, and junior divisions to the top County 10 teams, top 10 overall individuals, top 10 individuals in reasons. In addition, the top 10 senior individuals compete for one of the four spots on the Maryland State Horse Judging Team that competes at the Eastern National 4-H Horse Roundup.

2019 Maryland 4-H State Horse Judging Contest:

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

CLICK for  2019 Horse Judging 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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